The island of Slotsholmen in Copenhagen has been the centre of Danish power since the Middle Ages and is filled with historic buildings. Two places to visit here are Christiansborg Palace and the Danish War Museum.
- Discover the home of Danish royal and political power
- Visit 800 year old ruins
- Explore the history of war including armour and weapons
Free entry for 0-17 year olds when accompanied by a paying adult
Monday – Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00
Danish War Museum:
Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00
Monday: closed, except from June to August
Ticket directly available on smartphone
Tickets can be rescheduled or cancelled up to 48 hours in advance
Rooms at Christiansborg Palace might without notice be closed in connection with the Royal Family’s use of the palace
All firearms on display at the Danish War Museum are non-functional
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- Free access to bathroom
A visit to historical Slotsholmen is a must in Copenhagen
Slotsholmen sits in the heart of Copenhagen and offers a blend of architectural grandeur and cultural heritage. The island is filled with sights and museums you will want to explore when you visit Copenhagen. With this combination ticket you can visit both Christiansborg Palace and the Danish War Museum.
Royalty, politics and ruins at Christiansborg Palace
There is no denying that Christiansborg Palace is the main attraction on Slotsholmen. Stepping through the grand entrance of the palace is like stepping back in time, as the palace is built on the site of two previous castles. Today, the palace serves as he seat of the Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister's Office, and the Supreme Court, but it is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Copenhagen.
A visit to Christiansborg Palace begins in the Great Hall with its high ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and intricate tapestries. From there, visitors can explore the palace's many other rooms, including the throne room, the royal chapel, and the royal apartments. A visit to the basement will take you to the ruins of the first castle, built on this site in 1167.
500 years of military history at the Danish War Museum
Visiting the Danish War Museum is like going on a journey through five centuries of Danish military history. The museum is housed inside the impressive 156-metre-long Royal Arsenal, built in 1604. A vast collection of artifacts, including weapons, uniforms, vehicles, and models, paints a vivid picture of Denmark's military involvement in conflicts around the world.
During your visit you can immerse yourself in the experience of Danish soldiers stationed in Afghanistan through the "The Remote War" exhibition, which recreates a Danish base in the country. Through this and other exhibitions, the museum delves into the human costs of war, showcasing personal stories of Danish soldiers and civilians affected by conflict.
Average rating from Tripadvisor
Stunning palace with lovely grounds. It was a treat to see the horses being exercised too. Well worth a visit if you’re in Copenhagen.Jan 29, 2024
The best palace in Copenhagen.
My personal favourite attraction in Copenhagen. We visited on a snowy Thursday. It was quiet-ish (still plenty of tourists for a January day) and it was fantastic. Rich with history and the ruins are such a great addition. The staff were friendly and the lockers where you store your bags are perfectly safe. Our one criticism is signage. Like a lot of the other attractions in Copenhagen, signs seems to be a weak point. We didn't know where to go to start or whether there was a "starting point", so we just followed some others.Jan 22, 2024
Get the package to see the most
We visited the slot on a cold December afternoon. Without crowds it is a bit difficult to find the entrance as it is not clearly marked. Visited the palace, kitchen and ruins. Missed the stables as they close early. I would place this lower on the list below the Art Museum and National Museum.Dec 30, 2023
We visited used the Copenhagen card, there are two types we got the one with transport. The reception rooms take about 2 to 3 hours. Like most of the museums there are lockers for big bulky coats upon need. Toilets, again another feature we noticed in Copenhagen are first class. We were getting a bit museums out. There are separate buildings as well as stables, if you into horses could be a places for you, but few stuffed one if you are sensitive be aware. There lot of art and skilled decorations in the buildings. Well worth a visitDec 26, 2023
Interesting couple of hours. Started in the reception rooms, used the phone app commentary which provided a history of the royal family and a descriptor each room, it did get boring after a while but was good for the overview. The rooms are nice but not stunning. We then visited the kitchen - no more than 15- 30 mins to visit but ok nonetheless. The ruins were ok with the app commentary, without it there were information boards for the history. The stables and carriages were last. We couldn’t get close enough to pat a horse but did get to see several of them in their stables.Dec 13, 2023
Very nice. Nothing overwhelming, which is fine. What they have is impressive. The tapestry hall is great.Dec 7, 2023
This is a very imposing and impressive building. As a fan of “Borgen”, I loved spotting many places I recognised from the TV show. There are several attractions here, but we visited the royal reception rooms, the kitchens and the ruins - entry to all was included with the Copenhagen Card. If you’re in a rush, prioritise the reception rooms, as they were stunning.Dec 5, 2023
A really interesting building. Whilst we didn’t go inside, I enjoyed walking around the outside as I recognised many locations from the TV series Borgen.Dec 4, 2023
A must see
We visited on our last day in Copenhagen as it was shut on a Monday. Great rainy day option in the winter months Found service friendly and guiding, same great interesting features throughout with lots of information in both Danish and English. The ruins were our favourite - the stables were a little disappointing as couldn’t get close enough to the horses. But such an interesting way to spend the morning (took about 3 hours to cover it all)Nov 24, 2023
Great palace cold service
Exploring the old palace itself was great. the service gets a one star, if that. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough time to see the jewels so wanted to start there. It’s a separate entrance from the castle. I was told I couldn’t do that and when asked why wasn’t given an answer. When finished with the tour went into the gift shop and I asked what flavor the Christmas tea was, was told it was on the label. As I don’t read Danish and the fact that they had a price tag over it didn’t help, the person in front of me asked where she could get postcards stamps and was told “at a kiosk” when asked where she would find one was told “around” a little helpfulness would go a long way.Nov 12, 2023
Genuinely really interesting with good information and translation available. We’ve been to many war museums/sites and these still had Incredible things to see that we haven’t seen before. Their camp bastion exhibit was AMAZING!! my husband having been there couldn’t believe how accurate/realistic it was!Jan 29, 2024
Don't let the first floor fool you.
Wow, this was my kind of war museum. The first floor housed the artillery pieces and an Afghanistan, GWOT, walk-thru display. The second floor is a more traditional museum. Great displays of Danish warfare. Huge naval section and displays of armor, uniforms and equipment. Definitely worth the visit.Oct 3, 2023
Fascinating collection of war material
We had not intended to visit but popped in with our Copenhagen Card and were very pleased that we did. We emerged after about 2 hours. There is a vast amount of history on display, particularly upstairs where miles of glass cabinets house model ships, guns, all sorts of artefacts, all very well documented. The photographic exhibition downstairs of the atrocities in Afghanistan and the Ukraine were very emotionally wrenching, but it is important for people to know what is going on. I would keep young children away from that section. A very large convoy of limousines and patrol police had passed us in the street the previous day. We learned that Zelensky was on a state visit. It made the photographs even more pointant.Aug 27, 2023
Understanding Denmark's deadliest conflicts
The Krigsmuseet (War Museum) of Denmark is located near to the Christianborg Palace, where the entrance is marked by a large Yellow signboard "Krigsmuseet". To get to this location, recommend to take the Metro to Gammel Strand Station, and walk southwards. The Copenhagen Card allows you to enter into this attraction for free, but you will need to scan your tickets at the Main Counter. The Krigsmuseet features two levels of attractions, which are all open-spaced (except the War on Afghanistan segment which is closed up) and provides a concise summary about the conflicts which Denmark has been involved in, and how it has shaped its current stance on defence. It's an eye-opener and exposed visitors to the horrors and reality behind conflict, but it isn't for everyone. I would recommend only those interested in seeing a different museum from Palaces and architecture, to try this out.Aug 13, 2023
Well done museum, emotionally wrenching
We went during an exhibit about the war in Afghanistan. The exhibit is exceptional -immersive and educational in a way I've rarely experienced. But that, combined with the entry exhibit about the war in Ukraine, was quite emotionally wrenching. I suppose I should expect nothing less of a war museum, but I was surprised at the people bringing their young children to those exhibits. I can imagine that many of them will be traumatized from some of the photos and other memorabilia. I commend the museum for doing such an excellent job of presenting the facts of various historical situations without offering opinions. Don't shy away - DO go, as understanding the facticity of war is essential to being a good citizen. But do yourself a favor and schedule this museum in the morning and then something lighter in the afternoon, perhaps a funny movie, or you might have a hard time sleeping.Jul 26, 2023
Interesting and unique museum
There was a lot of interesting military artefacts to see here. I particularly loved the Afghanistan exhibit, it was presented in a really unique and engaging wayJul 15, 2023
500 years of military history
The museum as a whole was very well laid out and with plenty of space to look at the displays and exhibits, the particular highlight for me was the display of the Afghanistan war, showing an American gun outpost a local stone house and a destroyed American jeep amongst other things, it adds a realism to conflicts going on today. the displays in most cases are hands on and the elastic band guns gave two fortysomethings so much more enjoyment than they should have. A good way to spend a couple of hours.Jun 17, 2023
Flot "nyt" museum
Fantastisk oplevelse for 9- og 53 årig. Fik rundvisning med hands on på masser af våben og gode forklaringer og historisk info.Oct 17, 2023
Rigtig fint museum
Super spændende museum med udstillinger om Danmarks militær gennem de sidste 500 år. Kunne dog være fedt med flere køretøjer end kun tanken i gården, men der findes heldigvis andre museer som har fokus på militære køretøjer. Brugte en 2½ time der.Aug 9, 2023
Bel museo militare
Museo ben realizzato, che espone numerosi cimeli degli eserciti danesi nel tempo. Molto interessante l'esposizione al primo piano, con armi ed uniformi fino alla seconda guerra mondiale, cannoni vari al piano terra assieme ad un allestimento delle moderne missioni di pace all'estero. Merita una visita.Aug 5, 2023
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