Rosenborg Palace is one of the most well preserved Renaissance castles in the world. The impressive crown jewels of Denmark are on display in the basement and some of the rooms in the castle are almost completely as they were when the castle was built in the early 1600’s.
The castle was built by King Christian IV in several stages between 1606 and 1624 and was used as a summerhouse outside the city by the Danish royal family until around 1710. In 1838 the castle was opened to the public.
The Dutch renaissance style castle features beautiful original 17th century room interiors, a Knight’s Hall with tapestries celebrating the victories of Christian V in the Scanian War, a spectacular ivory throne complete with three large silver lions used as coronation chair for the absolutist kings, expensive clocks and a music cabinet, the pen that signed the first democratic constitution of Denmark, an impressive collection of paintings, weapons and ivory items, the crown jewels and crown regalia of Denmark.
Outside the castle moat to the East is the King’s garden, originally the king’s private garden, now a popular public park. The castle is guarded by two royal guards, who have their barracks right next to the castle.