Palace from 1703 is a popular venue for sunbathers and family
picnics. Photo: Frank Bentin
Frederiksberg Palace was built as a new summer residence
by King Frederik IV (1671-1730
– ruled Denmark and Norway 1699-1730) and
was placed on the top of Valby Hill
- which was one of the highest spots at the outskirts
of Copenhagen. The architecture was in Italian Baroque
style and the landscaping of the park area
was inspired by the many travels King Frederik had
to France and Italy. The first palace from 1703
- was built in one plan but was later changed in
1708-1709 to a three story building.
Between 1732-1738 the palace was
extended with two long wings on each side of the
palace complex and painted yellow. In 1828
the palace was finally completed - when it was refurnished
and linked to the old port house.
Frederik VI strolling in Frederiksberg Gardens
with his family in 1813. At the back is the
royal summer residence Frederiksberg Palace
on the top of Valby hill.
Chinese Pavilion from 1803 in Frederiksberg
Garden served as a tea house for the royal family.
Visitors can visit the Pavilion on Sundays during
the summer season.
Frederik VI - and Frederiksberg Palace &
Frederiksberg Palace were the royal residence
from 1700 to 1852 - when
the dowager Queen Marie died and the Royal
Military Academy took over the property
in 1868. King Frederik
VI (1768-1839 - King of Denmark and
Norway 1808-1839) and his family used the
palace in the summer season - while he was
a crown prince and later during his reign
as a King. The royal family just loved to
live at Frederiksberg Palace - and walked
trough the Palace gardens nearly every day
- which gave the royal family quite a popular
appearance. The last royal person - who lived
at Frederiksberg Palace - was King Frederiks
VI’s Queen Marie -
who died here in 1852. At
the entrance of Frederiks Garden is a statue
of King Frederik VI - who welcomes
all visitors entering the beautiful park area.
Chinese Bridge over to the Chinese Pavilion
that is placed on a little island.
new elephant habitat at the Zoo is integrated
with Frederiksberg Garden. Photo: Realdania.
During the period from 1798 and 1804
- the palace garden was re-established by King
Frederik VI from being a park in baroque
style to a more inspired English
style and a romantic landscaped garden
with lakes and canals - pathways - sweeps -
lawns - grove of threes surrounded by lavish
fauna and flora. The idea was to create an atmosphere
of a characteristic eighteenth century English
Park that could guide the visitor trough a landscape
of green areas with element such as spring
grottoes - Chinese pavilions
- temples - tea-houses
- hermits' cottages -
cascades - waterfall
- Rose Garden - and much more.
Frederiksberg Garden offers its visitors huge
picnic areas - playgrounds – boating
on the canals - jogging tracks - leisure activities
shady grove of trees and lavish fauna and flora
surrounding the curved canals - offers the visitors
tranquility and peaceful recreation areas.
huge colony of Herons in Frederiksberg Garden
are the descendants of the first herons - who
escaped from the nearby Zoo.
- Sanctuary and Zoo
Frederiksberg Garden boast a rich bird life
with an established population of Herons
and Graylags - as well as
being a bird sanctuary for many other bird
species. As a bonus visiting Frederikberg
Gardens - the Zoo
has placed a part of its new elephant
house in the park - which has integrated
the Zoo and Frederiksberg Garden - where the
public can enjoy watching the elephant’s
Frederiksberg Palace and Garden is located on the
Valby Hill and right beside the Zoo. Guided
tours of Frederiksberg Palace are conducted
every last Saturday in the month by the Cadets from
the Royal Military Academy.
Palace and Garden
Opening Hours: 11-13
Guided tours every last Saturday of the month (Except
Open for the public all year round