Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is rich in tradition and a cultural metropolis open to the world and thus justifiably one of the most popular travel destinations in Northern Europe.
Many of the city’s royal residences, such as Christiansborg Palace, on Slotsholmen Island, attract huge numbers of visitors. A castle was built there in the 12th century by the founder of the city, Bishop Absalon. However, over the course of time, the castle began to decay until it was finally pulled down in 1369, in order to make room for a new castle.
Royal guards highlight the significance of Amalienborg, that is situated in the heart of Frederiksstaden, the winter residence of the Danish royal family. Each day at noon, an impressive spectacle takes place in front of the palace, when the royal guards march into the square and undertake the official changing of the guard.
The wonderfully designed royal gardens of Rosenberg Castle, Kongens Have, is one of the most beautiful parks in Denmark. Built on red bricks and covered with a façade of sandstone, the castle is an architectural masterpiece of Dutch Renaissance.
The city’s castles not only reflect the history of the Danish royal family but also trace the colorful development of the fascinating city of Copenhagen.
Global Treasures - History's Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments.