Castles

For a small country, Denmark has a tremendous amount of castles. As one of the oldest monarchies in the world, dating all the way back to the 10thcentury, these castles are a sign of legacy and history. In the near proximity of the hotel, you will find no less than 6 amazing castles; 3 in Copenhagen City and 3 in North Zealand.

Castles in Copenhagen

Copenhagen City is located approximately a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Please be aware that parking can be tricky and/or expensive within the city center. Alternatively, you can get there in 30 minutes using public transportation.

Christiansborg Palace is located on Slotsholmen, The Castle Islet, in Copenhagen. Christiansborg is home for the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court of Denmark. The spot on Slotsholmen has laid ground to no less than 5 castles through time, starting with Absalon’s Castle in 1167 and ending with the third, and current, Christiansborg built from 1907-1928. If you would like a touch of history, you can explore the old ruins from the previous castles’ underneath Christiansborg.

Rosenborg Castle is located in Kongens have, The Kings Garden, right by Nørreport Station. It was built in the early 17thcentury as a royal hermitage by the Danish King Christian VI. Life-sized lions stand guard as you enter this mighty Renaissance castle with its well-preserved interior. Rosenborg has preserved a lot of the old décor and is also home for the Crown Jewels and Royal Regalia.

Amalienborg Palace is located by Copenhagen’s waterfront and houses the Danish Royal Family. It was built in the 18th century and displace a great example of Danish Rococco architecture. The castle is not open for public, but you can explore the outdoor area and watch the changing of the Royal Guard each day at 12 noon. If you would like to learn more about the Danish Royalties, you should visit Amalienborg Museum.

Castles in Royal North Zealand

Frederiksborg Palace is located in Hillerød, a 25-minute drive from the hotel. This impressive Renaissance castle is situated on three islets and surrounded by a lake and beautiful baroque gardens. It was built by the Danish King Christian IV in the early 17thcentury and the gardens was recreated in 1996. Frederiksborg Palace is also home to the Museum of National History.

Kronborg is located in Helsingør, a 30-minute drive from the hotel. The castle is known worldwide as Hamlet’s Castle(Elsinore) from Shakespeare’s famous play; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Kronborg is as much a fortress as it is a castle, and for 400 years it was used for coastal fortification, controlling which ships entered the Baltic Sea. In the crypts of the castle you will find Holger Danske (Ogier the Dane), a legendary hero who is said to wake up if Denmark is ever in need.

Fredensborg Palace is located on the eastern shore of Lake Esrum in Fredensborg, a 25-minute drive from the hotel. The castle was built in the 18thcentury as a hunting seat for Danish King Frederik VI and is still being used as The Royal Danish Family’s spring and autumn residence. Fredensborg Palace and the Royal Gardens are only open for public in the summer.

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Museums

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6 Castles to visit