12 castles you should visit in Denmark
Frederiksborg Castle – the perfect day trip from Copenhagen
Frederiksborg Castle 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.
Kronborg Castle – Home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Put Hamlet’s Castle, Kronborg, on your list of things to see whilst in Denmark! Whether you’re looking for things to do near Copenhagen or have more time to explore, there's time enough to visit Denmark’s most famous castle, immortalised by Shakespeare back in the 1600s. It's easy to get to without a car: the train journey takes under an hour from Copenhagen Central Station.
Christiansborg Palace - The Danish Parliament Building and former Royal Palace
Christiansborg Palace served as the Royal Palace up until 1794. Today, Christiansborg houses the Danish Parliament and internationally the palace is known from the popular Danish TV series Borgen. The Royal Family do however still make use of Christiansborg for certain stately functions and events. You can walk through the royal reception rooms, watch the view from the tower or explore the ruins under the palace which dates back to the 1100s.
See the Danish crown jewels at Rosenborg Castle
When wandering about in Copenhagen, you will definitely walk past Rosenborg Castle, a petite castle filled with 400 years of royal history. Inside the castle walls, you can see the Danish crown jewels and coronation thrones, while outside you can stroll through the King’s Garden which is a popular spot to hang out for locals and visitors alike.
Wave to the Queen at Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg is the main residence of the Denmark’s Royal Family, so if you are interested in royal history, a visit to Amalienborg Palace is a definite must-do. While standing in the beautiful palace square, you can experience the changing of the guards. And if you want to get a glimpse of the Queen or Crown Prince family make sure to time your visit to the Queen’s birthday (April 16) or the Royal Run (June 10)!
Put Marselisborg Palace on your Aarhus bucket list
On the outskirts of Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus, lies Marselisborg Palace which functions as the summer and Christmas residence of the Royal Family. When the Royal Family is not in residence, you can stroll through the Palace grounds and enjoy the Queen’s rose garden.
Fredensborg Palace - The Palace of Peace
Fredensborg Palace is the regents most used residence and the palace is frequently called Denmark's Versailles. The elegant Baroque castle was named by King Frederik IV, whose mind was occupied by peace at that time, and who wanted to commemorate the ending of the Great Northern War in 1722 (Fredensborg Slot literally means the Palace of Peace).
Defend the Great Belt Region at Nyborg Castle
Nyborg Castle dates all the way back to the 1170s where it was built by the royals as part of the defence against the Wends. Nyborg Castle formed a fortification of the Great belt region together with the castle on Sprogø and Tårnborg Castle near Korsør. Every year in July, you can experience a large Medieval market and festival.
Visit the last royal castle in Jutland, Koldinghus
In the center of Kolding in East Jutland stands Koldinghus, a royal castle build in 1268 to guard the border. At this old castle, you can follow in the steps of Danish royalty, go on a treasure hunt and the kids can dress up in beautiful renaissance robes.