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Bernstorff Palace
Bernstorff Palace
General information
TypeCountry house/royal residence
Architectural styleNeo-Classicism
Town or cityGentofte
Construction started1759
ClientCount Johann Hartwig Ernst von Bernstorff
Design and construction
ArchitectNicolas-Henri Jardin

Bernstorff Palace (Danish: Bernstorff Slot) in Gentofte, Copenhagen, Denmark, was built in the middle of the 18th century for Foreign MinisterJohann Hartwig Ernst von Bernstorff. It remained in the possession of the Bernstorff family until 1812. In 1842, it was bought by Christian VIII. For many years, it was used as a summer residence by Christian IX until his death in 1906.

I were withe my family and friends for Xmas lunch at Bernstorff Slot (=Palace) to day. The x-mas decoration was stunning. Food (a big, traditional, Danish home made Xmas buffet was very delicious. Great assortment of aquavit (snaps) and special beers. The service was very observant and nice. All in all a great experience in a great atmosphere. Bernstorff Palace. Danish: Bernstorff Slot, in Gentofte, Copenhagen, Denmark, was built in the middle of the 18th century for Foreign Minister Johann Hartwig Ernst, Count von Bernstorff. It remained in the possession of the Bernstorff family until 1812. In 1842 it was bought by Christian VIII.

Description: Bernstorff Slot Standing in a fabulous Romantic landscaped park in the municipality of Gentofte, Bernstorff Slot is set in a magnificently restored historic palace, originally built in 1765 for the foreign minister of Denmark. Contact Bernstorff Slot through Great Small Hotels, an exclusive selection of boutique hotels and small luxury hotels all over the world.

Since then and until recently, it was used by the Danish Emergency Management Agency as an academy for non-commissioned officers, but it has now opened as a hotel and conference centre.



Bernstorff Palace in the 1760s.

The palace was designed by the French architect Nicolas-Henri Jardin, who had been brought to Denmark to complete Frederick's Church in Copenhagen after the death of Nicolai Eigtved in 1754. It is one of the earliest examples of Neoclassical architecture in Denmark. The elaborately decorated two-storeyed building was completed in May 1765 at considerable cost.[1] At the time, it had four small decorative garrets, attics with decorative vases and a wide balcony on the roof ridge itself. On the garden side, there is a dome-covered projection rising the full height of the building.[2]

The palace's many rooms were modest in size and intended primarily for domestic use rather than for display. Most are panelled with parquet floors, large mirrors and decorated ceilings. The four rooms on the south side have overdoors decorated by Johan Edvard Mandelberg.

Bernstorff left Denmark in 1770, after being dismissed by the regent, Johann Friedrich Struensee. The estate remained in his family's hands until 1812 but was then sold on several occasions. It was about to be demolished in 1842 when Christian VIII bought it and charged Jørgen Hansen Koch with its comprehensive renovation. A mezzanine was added and the layout of the first-floor rooms was changed.

Fitting Jardin's decorative style, Norwegian marble fireplaces are to be found in three of the larger rooms. A sign above the entrance reads: 'Honesto inter Labores otio sacrum' or 'Reserved for honest rest during periods of work.'

Recent history[edit]

Ferdinand Richardt:Bernstorff Palace in 1967
Bernstorff Palace seen from Fortunen in 1860

In 1854, Bernstorff Palace was placed at the disposal of Crown Prince Christian who adopted it as his preferred summer residence. Indeed, it was to become a popular retreat for the royal couple and their extended family during the king's long reign. Visitors included Tsar Alexander III of Russia and Edward VII of the United Kingdom. In 1888, after the Nordic Exhibition, Queen Louise bought the timbered Swedish pavilion and had it fitted out as guest quarters.

On Christian IX's death in 1906, Prince Valdemar of Denmark inherited the palace, continuing to use it as a summer residence until his death in 1939.

Since then and until very recently, it was used by the Danish Emergency Management Agency as an academy for non-commissioned officers. On 1 May 2009, after an agreement with Gitte Jensen and Kirsten Nielsen, Bernstorff Palace opened as a hotel and conference centre.[3][4]

The palace gardens[edit]

The palace's extensive gardens were laid out are in the Romantic landscape style which had just been introduced to Denmark in the 1760s. In addition to the lawns and woods, they include a rose garden, an orchard and a tea house.[5] It is believed that Jardin who designed the palace was also responsible for their design, especially as his plans refer to the emergence of landscape gardens as a new trend in Denmark.

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The Bernstorffs who took great interest in the gardens, planted apricots, peaches, grapes, rare apple and pear trees, cherries and plums in their kitchen garden together with rare varieties of cucumbers, artichokes, lettuces and melons from France and the Netherlands. They acquired a host of rare trees and bushes for the gardens including chestnuts, acacias, holly, tulip trees, plane trees, medlars, azaleas, barberries, quinces and lilacs, many of them completely new to Denmark at the time.

Most of these exotic varieties had withered away by the time Christian IX bought the estate in 1854. He charged Rudolph Rothe, the royal garden inspector, to replace them with Danish oak and beech which can still be seen today.

The beautiful Swedish Villa in the gardens was built in 1888 in the classic Swedish timbered style in connection with the Nordic Exhibition. Run by the Swedish Villa Foundation, it is used for art exhibitions, concerts and as a café.[6]

The Bernstorff Palace Gardens

See also[edit]


  1. ^Bernstorffs Slot from Palaces and Properties Agency.Archived February 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  2. ^Bernstorff Slot - Neoclassical architectureArchived May 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  3. ^Bernstorff Slot. From Danish Conference Centres. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  4. ^Nutidige konferencer & møder i historiske omgivelser. From Bernstorffs Slot.Archived October 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine In Danish. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  5. ^Bernstorff Palace Gardens.Archived October 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  6. ^Svenske Villa i Bernstoffparken. From Gentofte kommuneArchived April 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. In Danish. Retrieved 24 January 2010.

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 55°45′30″N12°33′08″E / 55.7584°N 12.5523°E

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This 18th-century palace lies in the residential suburb of Gentofte, 20 minutes’ drive from Copenhagen city center. It offers a large park as well as free WiFi and private parking.

Pollock casino. Until 1906, Bernstorff Castle was the summer residence of Christian IX of Denmark. Each guest room has a TV, a seating area and a work desk. All rooms are located in a separate building.

Next to Bernstorff Castle is the Swedish Villa, which houses a café and gallery. About 20 minutes’ walk from the palace lies Gentofte Station. Copenhagen Central Station is only 8 stops away.

Rooms: 2

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Facilities of Bernstorff Castle


  • WiFi in all areas


  • Hiking
  • Temporary art galleries
  • Themed dinners

Food & Drink

  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Kid-friendly buffet

Front Desk Services

  • Newspapers
  • Express check-in/out

Common Areas

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Sun deck

Cleaning Services

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  • Dry cleaning
  • Shoeshine
  • Suit press
  • Daily housekeeping

Business Facilities

  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Business center
  • Fax/Photocopying


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Smoke-free property

Safety & security

  • Safe
  • Security alarm
  • Smoke alarms
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Fire extinguishers

Safety features

  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • First aid kits available

Physical distancing

  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Cashless payment available
  • Physical distancing rules followed

Cleanliness & disinfection

  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Linens, towels, and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines
  • Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay

Food & drink safety

  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • All plates, cutlery, glasses, and other tableware sanitized


WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.


Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).

Policies of Bernstorff Castle

These are general hotel policies for Bernstorff Castle. As they may vary per room type, please also check the room conditions.


From 14:00 hours


07:00 - 09:00 hours

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to property type.

Children and Extra Beds

One child under 3 years is charged DKK 250 per night in a crib.

One child under 18 years is charged DKK 250 per night when using existing beds.

One older child or adult is charged DKK 250 per night in an extra bed.

The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.

The maximum number of total guests in a room is 3.

The maximum number of cribs in a room is 1.

Any type of extra bed or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.

Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.


Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.


When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Accepted credit cards

  • No credit cards accepted, only cash

The property reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards prior to arrival.

Important Information

Guests arriving later than 16:00 are kindly requested to contact the reception in advance. Contact details are included in the booking confirmation email.
Please note that payment is on arrival.

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