Kings & Castles Tour
A Tour of Royal North Sealand!
Join us for a full day’s tour, where we travel up the coast road from bustling Copenhagen to Rungsted, where Karen Blixen was born. Then we travel through the beautiful Danish countryside, through the charming village of Lille Sverige to Hillerød and the impressive Frederiksborg Castle, built by King Christian IV. When finished in 1620, it was the largest renaissance residence in Scandinavia. Today Frederiksborg contains the largest collection of portrait paintings in Denmark, which are part of the Danish National Museum’s collection. In the chapel you can find a collection of Elephant Orders on the walls. The Elephant Order is the highest decoration that you can be given in Denmark. It is given to Kings and Presidents. There are also two lovely gardens. The Baroque Garden, laid out in the formal French Baroque Style and the more natural garden in English Romantic Style.
After visiting Frederiksborg, we travel through the North Sealand woods to Fredensborg Slot, which means Peace Palace in English. The palace was built for King Frederik IV between 1720 and 1726. Its built in the style of an Italian country villa and took seven years to build. It was to be King Frederik IV’s ideal home, which he and his wife Queen Anna Sofie could enjoy. But tradgidy struck the King and Anna Sofie, as all their five children died before their 2nd birthday.
When Frederik IV died, his son King Christian VI, from his previous marriage to Louise of Macklenburg, evicted Anna Sofie and pulled down the wings of Fredensborg Palace, replacing them with new ones.
Fredensborg became a family home when King Christian IX spent the summer months, in the palace, with Queen Louise, their six children and their spouses, plus their 36 grandchildren.
Ever since this time the Danish Royal Family have used Fredensborg as their summer palace and Queen Margrethe uses Fredensborg for 6 months each year, 3 months in the spring and 3 months in the autumn. In the summertime Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary come here with their children. They live in the Chancellery House.
Finally we travel along the coast road to the historic City of Helsingør, known as Elsinore in English. There you can see the ramparts of Kronborg, Hamlet’s Castle, built by King Frederik II in 1585. In Helsingør you can also enjoy Smørrebrød, the famous Danish Open Sandwich in Culture Wharf or walk around the historic centre of Helsingør.
After visiting Helsingør we will take the road back to Copenhagen and reflect on all the interesting things we have seen. Let’s enjoy the tour.
NB: It is not possible to visit Hamlet’s Castle on afternoon tours, as the castle closes early.
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