Frederiksberg Palace | Royal Palace in Copenhagen

Frederiksberg Palace | Royal Palace in Copenhagen

Rebecca Aller
Rebecca Aller
February 8, 2024
Frederiksberg Palace in Copenhagen

Located in Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Palace is a striking example of Baroque architecture. Surrounded by the beautiful Frederiksberg Garden, the Royal Palace provides a rare glimpse into Denmark's royal history. The best part is, that you can combine your royal visit with a relaxed walk in the wonderful Frederiksberg Garden. At Frederiksberg Palace there are a lot of things to explore such as royal history, Baroque architecture, a green oasis and even elefants! Check out this article on Royal Palaces and Castles in Copenhagen if you want to explore further.

Here is a guide with everything you need to know to help you plan your visit.

Frederiksberg palace
Daniel Rasmussen, Visit Copenhagen
Note: In and around Copenhagen, there are three castles with very similar names. Be mindful not to mix them up: Fredensborg Palace, Frederiksborg Castle, and Frederiksberg Palace.

Visiting Frederiksberg Palace and Gardens

While the palace is now a military academy, the gardens are open to the public. They open at 06:00, with closing times varying from 17:00 to 22:00 depending on the season. Frederiksberg Palace, with its rich history and breathtaking surroundings, invites visitors to explore the legacy of Denmark's royal past while enjoying the natural beauty of its gardens. They way it combines historical significance with natural beauty makes Frederiksberg Palace and Gardens worth a visit!

Frederiksberg garden

History and Architecture of Frederiksberg Palace

Frederiksberg Palace, first built in the early 1700s as a summer hangout for King Frederik IV, features cool Italian-style Baroque architecture. It started as a small one-floor place but got a big upgrade in 1709 to a three-floor building shaped like an "H", all thanks to the king's big ideas for its design.

The palace served as a royal residence until the mid-19th century. After Queen Marie's death in 1852, it was repurposed for military use and currently houses the Royal Danish Military Academy. With an interior that boasts exquisite rooms and a Baroque chapel, and a basement that houses King Christian VII's historic bath and mirror, the palace offers a glimpse into the luxurious lifestyle of Denmark's royalty.

Exploring Frederiksberg Palace Gardens

Daniel Rasmussen, Visit Copenhagen

A stroll through the Frederiksberg Gardens is to walk amidst history, where every path, lake, and architectural marvel tells a story. The gardens, initially designed in the Baroque style (1703) and later transformed into an English landscape garden (between 1795 and 1804), feature winding paths, tranquil lakes, and architectural gems like the Chinese Summerhouse and the Apis Temple. Plant enthusiasts will appreciate the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at the main entrance. All of which you can discover on your walk around the garden.

Tip: Boat Tours in Frederiksberg Gardens

For a unique experience, take a 20-minute rowboat tour around the garden canals. This tour offers a different perspective of the palace and gardens, gliding under bridges and among wildlife like ducks and herons. Ideal for families or a romantic activity, the boat tours operate May to September:

Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Weekends and holidays: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Frederiksberg garden
Daniel Rasmussen, Visit Copenhagen

Stroll and Explore

The gardens lead to the Copenhagen Zoo, making it a perfect family outing destination. Here you can discover over 4,000 animals from around the globe, offering family-friendly adventures from the tropics to the Arctic. Discover indoor rainforests, meet polar bears underwater, and enjoy interactive experiences at one of Europe's oldest zoos. Perfect for all ages and open year-round.

Lokal tip: From one side of the park, you can have a great view into where the elephants live in Copenhagen Zoo. If you can't find it on your own, just ask a local; they'll know where it is.

Royal Gems of Copenhagen: Palaces and Gardens

If you love the combination of royal palaces and gardens, then you should check out these two gems in the center of Copenhagen, which are also worth a visit: Rosenborg Castle with The King's Garden and Amalienborg with Amalie Garden.

Opening hours and directions

Openings hours for (updated today)
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Address: - directions
Website: official site

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