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A must for fans of royalty.
Amalienborg Slotsplads, København K, Danmark
33 12 21 86
NileGuide Expert tip:
Take a pleasant 20-minute walk around the fountains of the neighboring Amaliehaven gardens and along the quayside up to the Little Mermaid.
The royal residence of Queen Margrethe II was built in 1749 and is widely considered to be a splendid architectural example of the Rococo-period. Amalienborg consists of four different buildings, Christian VII's Palace, Christian VIII's Palace, Frederik VIII's Palace and Christian XI's Palace, erected around an octagonal square. This square - Amalienborg Slotsplads – sees the changing of the guard daily at noon with a monument of Frederik V on horseback in the centre, completed by French artist Jacques Saly in 1771 after 20 painful years of building. While the Royal Family resides in Christian IX's palace, Christian VIII's Palace houses the Amalienborg Museum and – aside from occasional tours of Christian VII's Palace - is the only one open to the public.