Kronborg Castle, worldwide known as Hamlet and Shakespeare's castle, is one of Northern Europe's finest Renaissance castles. But the history of the castle goes way back before Shakespeare’s time.
For 400 years, the castle was the headquarters for the collection of the Sound Dues. Kronborg was a legend in its heyday in the late 1500s. With its menacing guns pointing directly at the ships in the Sound, sailors did not dare to sail past the castle without paying the king his Sound Dues.
The Sound Dues filled the king’s coffers, and Frederik II adorned the castle with spires, sandstone and copper roofs. Kronborg Castle became one of the most beautiful castles from the Renaissance period.
In 2000 Kronborg Castle became a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Frederiksborg Castle is situated in Hillerød. This impressive and unrivalled Renaissance castle was built in the first decades of the 17th century by the legendary Danish King Christian IV and incorporates the best of Renaissance architecture and craftmanship. Frederiksborg Castle is a unique place for superb cultural experiences, scenic walks and boat tours.
Since 1878, Frederiksborg Castle has housed the Museum of National History. A tour through the museum is a tour through 500 years of Danish history illustrated by portraits, history paintings, furniture and decorative art.
Fredensborg Palace was built as a hunting seat for King Frederik IV by the architect J.C. Krieger. Construction began in 1719. The main building was first used in 1722 and the chapel in 1726.
Fredensborg Palace is often the setting for important events in the life of the Royal Family. It is here they celebrate weddings, silver wedding anniversaries and birthdays. The Queen receives heads of state from all over the world at Fredensborg during official visits, and here too, ambassadors from foreign countries present their credentials to The Queen.
The palace gardens cover just under 300 acres and were originally designed by J.C. Krieger. It was reorganised by N. Jardin in the 1760s and has since been adapted frequently to the changing tastes of the times. Today, the main features of the original garden have been recreated. In 1995, an orangery was built adjacent to the Palace kitchen garden. It serves as storage for tender plants in the winter, and flowers are grown here to decorate the various palaces.
Fredensborg Palace and church are open to the public through guided tours. There is an admission fee. The vegetable garden and orangery are open to the public through paid admission. The palace garden, including the Valley of the Norsemen, is open to the public without an admission fee year-round, 24 hours a day.
The sprint final will take place in the centre of Copenhagen. It gives you a chance to see this lovely and lively city. You can visit The Royal palace, go on a harbour cruise or why not do as the locals and go for a swim in the harbour?
You must visit Tivoli Gardens. Try some of the amusements or look at the flowers and the beautiful lights. Watch out for the thousands of cyclists when you are in Copenhagen or grab a “bycykel” and bike around the city. Eat at one of hundreds of restaurants. Copenhagen has restaurants at any price range from world class gourmet to cafes.
This is what the traveller guide Lonely Planet writes about the Danish capital: Copenhagen is not only the coolest kid on the Nordic block, but also gets constantly ranked as the happiest city in the world. Ask a dozen locals why and they would probably all zone in on the hygge which generally means coziness, but encompasses far more. But it is this laidback contentment that helps give the Danish capital the X factor. The backdrop is pretty cool as well: its cobbled, bike-friendly streets are an enticing concoction of sherbet-hued town houses, craft studios and candlelit cafes. Add to this its compact size and it is possibly Europe's most seamless urban experience.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a leading international museum of modern art. Located on the coast it strikes that rarest of balances between landscape, architecture, and art in a unique interaction that attracts visitors from around the world and makes a visit to Louisiana something special throughout the year.
The museum, which is located 25 miles north of Copenhagen, with a panoramic view of Sweden across the Sound, presents six to ten special exhibitions annually and has a distinguished art collection with over 3,500 works. Louisiana is also a vibrant cultural centre open in the evening Tuesday to Friday until 22:00 and offers a rich variety of activities and events.
The old coastal and seaside resorts lie there like pearls on a string. Life is still just as charming in Sletten, Hornbæk, Lynæs, Liseleje, Gilleleje and Tisvilde. Spa worshippers, culture vultures and foodies will not be disappointed with what’s on offer, and the family-on-the-go can easily fill several weeks with outdoor experiences above and beneath the waves.
The beaches on the Riviera are some of the best in Denmark. Clear water. Clean sand. Shallow water and child-friendly with lifeguards. Sit at one of the many cosy cafés along the coast and watch the harbour life going on around you and the children catching crabs.
Heritage list in 2015. Store Dyrehave close to Hillerød, Gribskov, and Jægersborg Dyrehave are now officially part of the worlds cultural heritage.
The landscape design was made by King Christian 5th who was inspired by the magnificent palace of Versailles in Paris. He shaped the royal hunting grounds in North Sealand to fit the par force hunting system. In par force hunting the riders and dogs hunt a royal stag to its exhaustion whereupon the king or his distinguished guest have the honour of killing the animal by sword or spear. The landscape was shaped with ruler-straight forest roads in a star shaped pattern surrounded by squares in the Baroque style. It was thus a magnificent staging of the absolute monarch’s power over Nature.