Tours from Copenhagen
There is a wide variety of options to choose from if you wish to spend some time visiting the countryside in Denmark. One of the most popular tours is the North Zealand Castle route with the possibility of seeing two castles and a palace in one day. Other suggestions are listed below.
The North Zealand Castle Tour:
The area north of Copenhagen, where several of our best-know castles are located, is known as North Zealand (Nordsjælland). Near the town of (Elsinore), Helsingør the UNESCO world heritage site, Kronborg Castle, is a star attraction. Dating back to the 15th Century, the castle is situated at the entrance to the Baltic Sea. Kronborg is where William Shakespeare set his most fameous play Hamlet.
Today, Kronborg Castle is a museum with an original renaissance church, a knights' hall and rooms occupied by the former kings of Denmark. You can also visit the casemates, the subterranean living quarters for soldiers. Kronborg is surrounded by bastions from which you can see Sweden on the other side of the Sound, the sea between Denmark and Sweden.
Inland, you find the summer residence of Queen Margrethe II, named Fredensborg Palace. When the royal family is in residence, the palace is guarded by the colourful Royal Life Guards.
Further west lies the town of Hillerød, where Frederiksborg Castle is situated. This fully-restored renaissance castle is located on an island in a lake with a formal garden with fountains and stairways beyond. Today, it is the Museum of National History as well as the National Portrait Museum.
Other tours to consider are a visit to Roskilde with its Viking Museum and cathedral, a visit south of Copenhagen to the old town of Dragør, or a visit to the city of Malmø and the cathedral in Lund in southern Sweden. Please discuss your interests with your guide and they can suggest an itinerary and other attractions worth visiting.
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updated : December 2012