Chocolate challenge! Winter holiday activity for children at Rosenborg Castle

During the winter holidays, we search the castle for the many special ingredients that were used in the 1600s to make the new, exotic drink: hot chocolate.

During the 1600s, chocolate was very expensive, and only the wealthiest people – like the kings and queens of Denmark – could afford this new luxury. Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, which first came to Denmark, all the way from Central America, in the 1600s. Back then, chocolate was not something you ate. Instead, it was used to make an exclusive drink that tasted quite different from hot chocolate as we know it today. In the 1600s, people preferred a very sweet, spicy taste, so the costly drink included many different exotic ingredients. But which ones?

Join the Chocolate Challenge at Rosenborg Castle during the winter holidays and see if you can find all the exotic ingredients hidden around the castle. Along the way, you can smell the different ingredients and learn more about the royal history and the flavour of chocolate in the 1600s.

Start the Chocolate Challenge by visiting our friendly Learning Pilot in the first room inside the castle: the Winter Room.

Pssst – there will be a small prize for the children at the end.


Practical information:

Who: this activity is especially suited for children aged 5 to 10, but everyone is welcome!

When: week 7: Saturday, 11 February, until Sunday, 19 February, from 10.00 to 15.00, and week 8: Tuesday, 21 February, until Sunday, 26 February, from 10.00 to 15.00

Price: 25 kroner per child. Adults: standard admission.


Avoid the queue – buy your tickets online here. Adults pay standard admission. In addition, you need one ticket per child who wants to do the Chocolate Challenge. To buy tickets, select the relevant number of adult and children’s tickets and click ‘Add to basket’.

You can also buy your tickets at the ticket desk or at the entrance to the castle when you arrive.


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