After reading up on all three of the castles/palaces that you can visit in Copenhagen, I thought Rosenborg would probably give me the best bang for my Krone and I was right. There are three floors of rooms packed with objects, paintings, furniture and tapestries. It's very lush and rich looking and there is so much to look at and examine.
The castle is brick and sandstone and was built "out in the countryside" by Christian IV in the early 17th century as a summer home. His preferred residence was Frederiksborg Castle but it was further away from the city. It was expanded and reached it's current size and form about 20 years after it was began. There is an attached King's Garden park along with it. It was used as a Royal residence for about 100 years and was then turned over to house the Royal Collections and Crown Jewels and treasures, much of which you can see there today. The collections have been open to the public since the mid 1800s.
Some rooms are as they were lived in by Kings Christian IV to Frederik IV and the rest have been recreated from items stored at the various royal castles. The museum is arranged chronologically so you can walk through the history of the Danish Royal family up to Frederik VII who died in 1863.
We got there on a grey dreary day, perfect for staying indoors and wandering through the museum. Of course i paid for the photo permit and was rewarded with many things to shoot. We made our way through each of the three floors, inspecting all the rooms and things in them.
There were too many things to describe here, but the furniture and some of the clocks were exquisite! There is a room full of porcelain all mounted up the walls and over your head though you only see it through a glass (plexiglass?) dome so it can't get damaged. One small room is the King's dressing room and it's floor and ceiling are lined with mirrors. Boggles the mind! Elaborately plastered or painted walls and ceilings, objects of gold and silver including the three large silver lions protecting the King and Queen's thrones.
All of the items are numbered but to find out about them, you have to buy a separate guidebook for 25DKK which isn't too bad.
There was a temporary exhibit in the Grand Hall on the top level that was a bit disappointing because you couldn't get the full impact of the hall and it's tapestries, with the thrones at one end and the audience throne at the other across the black and white checked tiled floor. It wasn't even interesting because all the text on the temporary red walls was in Danish! Still, there were some nice things in cases there. Apparently, according to the website, it's about the connection between Denmark and Saxony.
There's a nice museum shop in the gatehouse opposite the ticket office and another special exhibit space in another building next to the museum shop. There's also a cafe/restaurant and a picnic table area. You don't have to buy tickets to the castle to eat in the cafe. The toilets are in a separate building to the left of the entrance once you're inside.
Entrance fees 75DKK per person and you have to pay 20DKK for a photo permit. If you have a handbag that's large or a larger backpack or bag, you must lock it in small lockers at the ticket office. That costs a 20DKK coin but you get that back when you collect your bag. Many of the Copenhagen museums have this rule. It's actually not a bad thing, then you can also put your jacket in the locker as well so don't have to carry that around.
The Castle is not very accessible for those with mobility problems. There are discounts for children and seniors and you can get a combined ticket with Amalienborg for 100DKK which is a good deal if you are planning to go to both.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.