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The ornate turrets of the regal Rosenberg Castle can be seen piercing the sky from a far distance, much like the far-reaching impact of Danish royalty. Built by charming Danish monarch Christian IV in characteristic Dutch Renaissance style, the castle has an almost fairy-tale-like location in Kongens Have. Rosenborg was originally a summer mansion outside the walls of the city, and was used as the royal residence sometime during the early eighteenth century. The castle is well-renowned for its opulently decorated rooms and copper roof, although the pièce de résistance is the Great Hall. It is known to feature stunning stucco ceilings, royal insignia, delicate frescoes and twelve tapestries that detail the victories of the throne in the Scanian War. The castle is surrounded by moats, and just outside the castle an exquisite rose garden makes its way along the manicured landscape. Ever since the absolutist monarchy, Rosenborg has been the home of the royal crown jewels and also serves as a museum of the royal family.
Built by Frederik V to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the House of Oldenborg, Amalienborg consists of four palaces built around a square. These are Moltkes Palace (Christian VII's palace), Schackske Palace (Christians IX's palace and residence of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik), Levetzau Palace (Christian VIII's palace) and Brockdorfske Palace (Frederik VIII's palace and residence of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary). Architect Niels Eigtved was heavily influenced by the Rococo style. Of the four palaces, Moltkes Palace is considered the most outstanding. When Christiansborg burned down in 1794, the royal family moved to Amalienborg, and since then it has been their official residence. The square is dominated by Saly's equestrian statue of Frederik V (1723-1766) which, together with the palace buildings, forms a breathtaking architectural ensemble. Lovers of the royal family flock to the square once a year to celebrate Queen Margrethe's birthday. Two of the four palaces are open to the public on weekends from July to October.
The area of Copenhagen called The Lakes stretches from sterbro to Vesterbro. The lakes (Sortedamssen, Peplinge Sen and Sankt Jrgens S) are the final remnants of Copenhagen's moats. They are surrounded by green belts and are a popular retreat for inner-city dwellers. The lakes are great for walking, jogging and ice-skating in the winter. During the summer, visitors can sunbathe or rent pedalos and rowing boats. There are several very good cafés and restaurants situated on the banks of the lakes.
The Copenhagen Zoo is one of the largest zoological gardens in Europe. It was founded in 1859 by ornithologist N. Kjrblling, and was then a part of Frederiksberg Have. The landmark of the zoo is a 43-meter (142-foot) tall watchtower, and the zoo contains over 2500 animal and bird species from all over the world. The garden where the Children's Zoo is located is inhabited by animals like goats, cows and rabbits. Great work has been carried out to create natural surroundings for the animals that mimic their original habitat. In 1998, Christian Cold designed the new entrance, which is a piece of interesting modern architecture.
With more than 20,000 creatures on display, Den Bla Planet is one of Europe's largest aquariums. The aquarium's eye-catching building and the facilities inside are intelligently designed to resemble a whirlpool. The facility is divided into numerous areas, with marine life separated based on their habitat and origin. From cold water and native creatures to marine life from the Amazon and coral reefs, the aquarium's collection is all-encompassing. A guided tour of the facility is recommended to completely experience the aquarium's treasures. There's an on-site restaurant as well as a gift shop. Check website for more.