The Oldest Monarchy in the World

Today we are to travel 800 years back in time to find out how a small fisherman’s village of the 12th century turned into a powerful state, which by the end of the 14th century united all Scandinavian countries, why it was here that bishop Absalon decided to build a palace – fortress, which 600 years later turned into castle Christiansborg, which was so much envied by the Hanseatic Union that it decided to seize the Absalon’s fortress at any cost and «demolish it completely», why the Danes are considered to be the founders of Estonian capital Tallinn, and the story of the sculpture of the father of the Danish constitution Frederik VII, standing opposite the entrance to the castle of Christiansborg. Danish history is full of legends and looking at the castle of Christiansborg we will open many of these fascinating stories.

Copenhagen is the city of contrasts, therefore, no surprise that on the one hand, the Danish kingdom is democratic, while on the other, they are the oldest monarchy in the world, as today’s queen Margarethe II may trace back her family tree by 1000 years. Let us sort out how these colliding concepts may co-exist in the Danish society. During the excursion we will speak about the royal family and queen’s powers, about the political system of the kingdom. We will hear the legends from the Danish past and stories of its present, we will recollect the history of the tower and throne halls, and also the royal library and the long hall, where the queen organizes the New Year banquet for foreign ambassadors and other guests. Here we will see a series of 17 tapestries – it took 10 years to make them and the treasury spent on them 120 million Danish crowns.

We will tell you how Absalon’s fortress turned into the political centre of the Danish kingdom and then we will see the ruins of the fortress, which have been carefully kept in the cellars of Christiansborg castle. It seems that these huge stones are filled with the spirit of time and if we listen attentively, we will hear the far echo of the old battles, once seen by these stones.

After our excursion you will be able to get on the top of the tower of Christiansborg castle, where from the height of 106 metres it is possible to enjoy the views of the historic part of Copenhagen. In addition, I advise you to plan an individual visit to the museum of royal carts and carriages, the royal stables, military Arsenal museum, Christiansborg Church and the Thorvaldsen museum of sculpture, located in the vicinity of Christiansborg.

Attention: the castle of Christiansborg is not a museum, but the working residence of queen Margarethe II and the seat of the Danish Parliament. Therefore, the time of the tour should be agreed, since it is not always possible to get inside.

Tour length: 1.5 - 2 hours.

Tour price:
1 - 4 people 150 euros for a group 
5 - 12 people 180 euros for a group
+12 people upon request. 

Entrance tickets are not included into the tour price.

Specific features of the tour: for all those striving to find out what modern Denmark is like, those who love ancient and modern architecture, connoisseurs of history and nice cityscapes.

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Christiansborg, top view

Royal staircase

Inside Christiansborg

Inside Christiansborg

Knights' Hall

Gobelins in Christiansborg

Gobelins in Christiansborg

Inside Christiansborg

Inside Christiansborg

Inside Christiansborg

Inside Christiansborg

View from the Tower of Christiansborg

View from the Tower of Christiansborg

Ruins of Absalons fortress

Send your requests to our e-mail: info@denmark-travel.com or call us at +45 20 66 30 93 and we will make you visit to Copenhagen unforgettable. Do not forget to indicate the desired date of the tour, the name of the hotel, where the plan to live in Copenhagen, the number of participants and your mobile phone for communication. You request will be replied within 24 hours.

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