Frederiksborg Castle

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Frederiksborg Castle, known to Danes as Frederiksborg Slot, is one of the most famous castles in Denmark and for good reason: situated on three islands surrounded by a lake and beautiful gardens, it's simply breathtaking. Home to the Museum of National History, the grounds are full of rich history, art, architecture, and gardens. There's no question Frederiksborg Castle is a top highlight when venturing outside Copenhagen. We asked local instagrammer Julie (@andrea_cph) to show us around the castle and grounds and to tell us why it's one of her favourite places to explore.

Denmark's Favourite Castle

A post shared by Julie Andrea (@andrea_cph) onDec 1, 2016 at 11:58pm PST

"I have visited Frederiksborg Castle many, many times since I was young and it feels very familiar and well-known to me. I visit the castle and its adjacent park, garden, and forest relatively often and love that there is always something new catching my eye. In fact, I've claimed it as my favorite castle publicly a few times on Instagram and I stand by that!"

Hall of (Gilded) Mirrors

A post shared by Julie Andrea (@andrea_cph) onFeb 15, 2017 at 3:08am PST

"I love The Great Hall in Frederiksborg Castle, but I think the ceiling is my favorite feature. It is so impressive with all its ornaments, you can spend hours looking up at all the meticulously carved royal and holy figures. There is so much gold, pomp, splendour, and extravaganza in that one room. It's definitely a must-see." 

It's What's On The Inside That Counts

A post shared by Julie Andrea (@andrea_cph) onNov 9, 2016 at 12:54am PST

"In every room at the castle, I feel the presence of hundreds of years of history. The rooms are grand and spectacular, but cosy and relaxed too. The many portraits on the walls are like a giant family album, making you wonder about the stories of all those people. You can really sense the history and stories of the castle in the atmosphere there."  


The Ornate Chapel

A post shared by Julie Andrea (@andrea_cph) onOct 29, 2016 at 9:47am PDT

"I am in complete awe when I visit castles and churches. And the chapel at Frederiksborg Castle is so enthralling with all its symmetry and its ornaments. I am especially fascinated by the stucco ceiling, the organ, the frescos, the mosaics, the escutcheons, the many angels, and the royal ‘autographs’ in some of the windows, still there many hundreds of years later."


Location, Location, Location

A post shared by Julie Andrea (@andrea_cph) onOct 20, 2016 at 8:59am PDT

"I wish I could use the castle and its ground more often. Frederiksborg Castle is only a 15 minutes’ drive away from my home (and about 45 minutes from Copenhagen), so I primarily use the park and enjoy going for scenic walks, either in the Baroque Garden, around the lake, the park or the nearby forest. Frederiksborg Castle is a beautiful place to watch the seasons change. Usually, I go to the castle alone but every now and then I bring my son. We go for a walk, have lunch at one of the restaurants on the town square, and take a round trip on the lake with the little ferry."

Royal Gardens 

A post shared by Julie Andrea (@andrea_cph) onJun 10, 2015 at 2:03pm PDT

"The gardens really reflect the royal history here, too. I first think of the four monograms in the Baroque Garden, including the one of Queen Margrethe II. You can get a magnificent, symmetrical view of the castle when you stand in the middle of the garden overlooking the basin. The garden, however, is not entirely symmetrical. In one of the “wilder” areas you can see the 400-year-old stone of King Christian IV featuring his monogram. And then there are the many water areas with lakes, watercourses, and ponds. Here and there, you can spot more engravings and artifacts from the people who inhabited these grounds over the years."  


Lucky Number 5

A post shared by Julie Andrea (@andrea_cph) onNov 11, 2016 at 12:22am PST

"King Christian V’s monogram can be seen many places around the castle. The one here is from the sumptuous stucco ceiling of the Privy Passage that leads to The Audience Chamber. The white, blue, and gold stand so bright and pretty after the restoration."

The King of The Castles

A post shared by Julie Andrea (@andrea_cph) onOct 26, 2016 at 8:17am PDT

"After seeing castles around Europe, they all share some characteristics: Castles are all pompous and grand due to their large halls, towers, and spires, and have impressive arching high ceilings, but Frederiksborg Castle stands out. Nothing compares to it, in my opinion, it has too many memories- mine and it's own!" 

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Frederiksborg Castle and the Museum of National History

Official website

Distance from Copenhagen 
45 mins - 1 hour

Opening hours 
Monday to Sunday 
10-17 ( April 1 - October 31)
11-15 (November 1 - March 31)

Adults: 75 DKK
Children (6-15 years): 20 DKK
Students: 60 DKK
Senior citizens (65+): 60 DKK



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andrea_cph is a Frederiksborg local instagrammer who can't get enough of travel photography. 

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