What to See in Copenhagen: The Spectacular Royal Stables
The Royal Stables in Copenhagen and their tradition are essential to Danish society, especially for the monarchy. In the past, horses were a necessary part of life and a symbol of luxury and power.
Therefore, breeding horses was paramount for the Royal Family and in 1740, the stables were established at Christiansborg Palace.
All the 250 royal horses were stabled in the palace at the peak of its splendour, and the horses carried the Royal Family to special events. Lastly, even though times have changed, there are still about 20 horses in the Royal Stables.
The Stables Today
The Royal Stables are regularly open to the public and include a museum where you can admire its exhibits. But indeed, you are here to read about the royal horses!
The horses exercise daily for at least an hour in the arena behind the palace. Also, the carriage horses frequently drive through the streets of Copenhagen to exercise and get used to noise and traffic. So if you stroll around the city and are lucky, perhaps you can spot them!
However, remember that all the horses are away over the summer; nonetheless, it is still possible to see and experience the stable area, carriages, and harness collection if it is something you wish.
A Tradition That Still Rides On
The Royal Stables still use horses to draw royal carriages for ceremonies and special events. On those occasions, the white horses are tightened in front of the Gold carriage to take the Queen from Amalienborg to Christiansborg Castle.
Finally, one of those gala events will be the Queen’s royal jubilee on the 10th and 11th of September 2022. She is carried through the streets of Copenhagen in an open horse carriage. What a perfect opportunity to enjoy the spectacle and cheer for her highness!
Explore Christiansborg and the Royal Stables
Suppose you would like to explore the Royal Stables, the castle, and its surroundings; book a tour with Amitylux. Let our knowledgeable guides show you the best of Copenhagen.