Grandeur of Frederiksborg Castle Denmark

Grandeur of Frederiksborg Castle Denmark

The Frederiksborg #Castle in #Denmark is one of the most magical we have visited. Whilst the #architecture is amazing, it has to be the intricate ceilings which took my breath away the most. It also serves as a national portrait #gallery, beautifully illustrating Denmark's history. It is also a castle which offers something for everyone, so quick! Add it to your #family itinerary now!


Castles and palaces transport us to the world of fairytales and back to our childhood dreams of wanting to be princesses and knights (for some of us anyway). 

Home of one of the oldest monarchies in the world, Denmark certainly had plenty of castles worth exploring.

Home of one of the oldest monarchies in the world, Denmark certainly had plenty of castles worth exploring

Frederiksborg Castle or Frederiksborg Slot was one of the finest and most memorable during our visit last month.

The Frederiksborg Castle
The Frederiksborg Castle

We first caught a glimpse of the castle upon entering the main square in the town of Hillerod.

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 Frederiksborg Castle - Queen for 40 years, Frederiksborg Slot, Hillerød, Denmark
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There it was – radiant despite the ominous dark clouds hanging over it. With the shimmering lake surrounding it, we all let out a huge gasp in amazement. Its spires and turrets rising high above just added to its majestic look.

Beautiful Castle
Beautiful Castle

Known as the Nordic Versailles, this was built on three islets by King Christian IV as his royal residence in the 17th century. It was later occupied and renovated by Frederik VII. Unfortunately, a heating appliance caused a fire in 1859 and burnt a large part of the castle’s interior.

Frederiksborg Castle entrance
Frederiksborg Castle entrance
Museum of National History
Museum of National History

Before entering the building, it was hard not to spend time admiring all the architectural and ornate details in the building’s facade.

We did the self-guided tour using their free audio guides on iPods and available in various languages. Numbers above the doors (60+ of them) corresponded to the audio guide. The first room we entered was the Rose Room displaying knight armory and fancy dresses. This once served as the dining hall for the young royals.

Amazing design
Amazing design
Incredible interior
Incredible interior

Moving up the stairs adorned with various knights’ coat of arms, we entered the incredible castle church, Slotskirke. It was stunning! With the sunlight streaming through the windows, it was almost magical to see the gold accents shining.

We had no words for this interior
We had no words for this interior

This was one of the few rooms that wasn’t harmed by the fire and kept in its original form. The intricate ceilings were just amazing. Many coronations were held here for 200 years. Today, it serves as a parish church where services are held every Sunday.

Very beautiful place
Very beautiful place
Everything is beautiful
Everything is beautiful

While we were there, we were graced with the lovely music playing on a 17th century organ using its 1,000 wooden pipes. The walkways on the top floor were decorated with even more knights’ coat of arms. This window full of colorful stained glass panels was one of the few lined up behind the organ.

Amazing stained glas
Amazing stained glas

One of the most mesmerizing things I found with this castle was the abundance of intricate and lavish ceiling paintings. They were magnificent pieces of art. It seemed as if every room was trying to outdo the next one.

Great ceiling
Great ceiling
Wonderful pictures on the ceiling
Wonderful pictures on the ceiling
Great place to be
Great place to be

The largest room in the castle is the Great Hall once known as the ballroom. This was rebuilt and modeled to its original state after the fire. The marble floors, the musician’s balcony and walls of tapestries exhibited luxury at its finest. 

Great Hall
Great Hall

Three large and shiny brass chandeliers were also hanging from the ceiling to brighten the room. This was one of the detailed ceiling panels with numerous carved and painted figures at the Great Hall.

Great picture
Great picture
Amazing sculptures
Amazing sculptures

Many colorful, detailed tapestries, in almost pristine condition for its age, also covered the walls. The various portraits hanging on the wall were of the current Royal Danish house.

The museum’s underlying purpose was to strengthen national pride. As a national portrait gallery, it used the various paintings of the royals and noble citizens to show 500 years of Denmark’s history. It was a bit overwhelming with so many items and every space occupied with objects to feast your eyes on. Not a bad thing when visiting with children since my kids dashed from one room to the next looking at the many shiny objects.

Frederiksborg castle slot tapestry wall
Frederiksborg castle slot tapestry wall
Amazing gallery
Amazing gallery
Old bed
Old bed
All is perfect here
All is perfect here

The informative audio guide was a wonderful way to learn more about each room and emphasized the important pieces. Things like this portrait of Frederick VI with a red chair to the side and how that same chair still exists and was displayed alongside the painting.

Portrait of Frederick VI
Portrait of Frederick VI

There were also portraits and paintings of Denmark’s famous poets, artists, scientists and those who made vast contributions to the country. One of the last areas we saw inside was this small nook dedicated to Denmark’s native son, Hans Christian Andersen, author of many beloved fairy tales.

This is dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen
This is dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen

Of course, every castle has its garden and Fredericksborg Slot didn’t disappoint. A lakeside pathway perfect for strolling and biking led us to the castle gardens.

Huge park
Huge park

The splendid Baroque garden was filled with neatly trimmed hedges and flower gardens. This was recreated in the mid-1990s based on the gardens that were once here in the 18th century.

A terraced canal and fountains provided soothing sounds while strolling through the gardens.

Frederiksborg slot castle Garden
Frederiksborg slot castle Garden
Frederiksborg slot castle garden
Frederiksborg slot castle garden

Frederiksborg Slot offered something for everyone in my family.

Frederiksborg Slot offered something for everyone in my family

The history fascinated my husband and me. My daughter excitedly admired the jewels and fancy bedrooms and there were enough knights and armory to entertain my son. It’s always a challenge taking kids to museums or places involving a lot of walking. But, this castle satisfied everyone and with hardly any complaints.

That alone was worth the day trip from Copenhagen.

The castle
The castle

Frederiksborg Slot Basics

Getting Here: Take the E line of the suburban S-train to the town of Hillerod. The journey takes 40 minutes from central Copenhagen. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk to the castle from Hillerod station.

Admission and transport on the boat across the lake is Free with the Copenhagen Card.

Get the iPod audio-guide for self-guided tours (for kids too). There were hardly any signs and labels throughout the castle. Guided Tours are also available.

Backpacks and large purses must be checked in to the provided lockers.

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