The Tower of Christiansborg Palace is the tallest in the city at 380 feet and offers one of the best views of Copenhagen from the observatory 144 feet above the skyline. The Tower was added in 1928 during the third rebuilding of Christiansborg Palace. This wasn’t the first palace or castle to sit on this site either. Absalon’s Castle in the 12th/13th centuries and Copenhagen Castle from the late 13th to 17th centuries occupied the grounds as well.
Christiansborg Palace was originally home to the royal families of Denmark. However, after being mostly destroyed by various city fires the royal families relocated to Amalienborg Palace in the 1800’s. Today the palace is the seat of Danish Parliment, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Supreme Court of Denmark.
The Tower was recently renovated and reinforced which caused it to lose the characteristic green color that the iron and copper spires in Copenhagen have. Over time the Tower will return to its formal emerald green ionized glory. Until then the new construction is easily picked out. In fact, you can see three distinct generations of Danish Architecture on the palace thanks to three-hundred years of rebuilding.
This point alone on Slotsholmen has so much history you could spend all day and more exploring it. It’s really fascinating what stories these castles of Europe have, and every year we are learning more! For example in the basement of Christiansborg, there’s an excavation site that has been unearthing parts of the original Absalon’s Castle since the 1920’s. You can book tours for that as well, I’m not sure on the price, however, the site say it’s 0.00 – 50.00 DKK and free with the Copenhagen Card. You can click the link at the bottom of this post for more info from visitcopenhagen.com.
In the meantime, it is free to tour The Tower and go up to the observation deck. Just know, during tourist season the wait can be very long to reach the top. We waited almost an hour while barely making any progress. So, we decided to go and eat lunch instead with plans on coming back later when it wasn’t busy. We never did, and I’m kinda sad about missing such a great free view of the city.
*Special Thanks to www.visitcopenhagen.com for the info that filled in the gaps of my memory!
**If you want to know more about tours of Christiansborg Palace you can go to the link above. If you want to know more about The Basement… and the excavation site you can head directly there by clicking on the pic of it below.