Frederiksborg Castle: The Beautiful Versailles of Denmark

August 13, 2018 20 Comments

I visited the castles in Copenhagen (plus Kronborg) when I studied abroad there, but I actually didn’t make it out to Frederiksborg Castle until my recent trip! Frederiksborg Castle is just outside the city, and this Versailles of Denmark is definitely worth a visit 🙂 

Frederiksborg Castle: The Beautiful Versailles of Denmark

Visiting Frederiksborg Castle

Located right outside Copenhagen, visiting Frederiksborg Castle is easy! You can take the B train to the cute town of Hillerød and walk 20 minutes to the castle or take a bus. If the weather is nice, I recommend walking so you can see some of Hillerød. 

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle is called the Versailles of Denmark (although some people think Fredensborg Castle is more similar to Versailles, but that palace isn’t as impressive as Frederiksborg and isn’t open to the public) because they were built in similar Renaissance styles. Frederiksborg Castle is actually older than the real Versailles, but I could definitely see the resemblance in the gardens!

Frederiksborg Castle was built for King Christian IV in the 17th century, and it was the largest Renaissance palace in Scandinavia. Even though it’s outside Copenhagen, the castle’s chapel was place for coronations of Danish rulers except Christian VI from 1671 to 1840. There was a serious fire in the 1800s, but the castle was restored to its original look.

To visit the castle, it costs 75 DKK (currently about $12 USD), and they have a discount for students!  

Frederiksborg Castle with fountain

Frederiksborg Castle chapel

Frederiksborg Castle chapel

The chapel was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! There was so much gold

Frederiksborg Castle chapel

Frederiksborg Castle chapel

Danish rune stone

Replica of one of the Jelling Stones!

Frederiksborg Castle blue ceiling

#ceilinggoals

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle has hundreds of paintings, and it has the largest collection of portraits in Denmark. They also have lots of statues and on the top floor, they have a photography exhibit! My favorite parts were the furniture and decor, and I love how different everything was in each room. You definitely need to tour the whole castle so you don’t miss anything! 

Frederiksborg courtyard

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Castle astronomy room

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

I love old clocks!

Old fashioned Danish clock

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

After touring the castle, you should check out the gardens! Frederiksborg Castle sits on a lake with the gardens on the other side, and it’s a beautiful area to walk around or just relax and take in the sights. The garden was designed in the Baroque style in the 1700s, and it still looks the same today. It has four terraces on a hill, so you can climb to the top for the best views. 

Frederiksborg Castle gardens

Sword fighting in Denmark

They had sword fighting lessons!

Frederiksborg Castle swan

Frederiksborg Castle gardens

Frederiksborg Castle gardens

Frederiksborg Castle gardens

Frederiksborg Castle gardens

Frederiksborg Castle gardens

Frederiksborg Castle gardens

My favorite view of Frederiksborg Castle is from across the lake in Hillerød! You’ll get this view if you walk from the castle to the train station

So visiting Frederiksborg Castle and seeing the Versailles of Denmark is a must when you’re in Copenhagen! Inside and outside the castle are so beautiful, and it’s worth the short trek from the city 🙂 

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Julia

20 Comments

  1. Reply

    Amy

    August 13, 2018

    Those photos are stunning!

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 13, 2018

      Thank you! 🙂 It’s a beautiful place!

  2. Reply

    Tonya Moken

    August 13, 2018

    This castle looks amazing! I love seeing your pictures from Denmark.

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 14, 2018

      Thank you! 🙂

  3. Reply

    Em

    August 15, 2018

    This castle looks incredible! It’s so beautiful, I hope I can visit one day. Thanks for sharing Julia!

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 16, 2018

      I hope you can visit! It’s a beautiful place!

  4. Reply

    Kate

    August 16, 2018

    Stunning photos!! I just recently visited the basilica of Notre dame in Canada and these photos reminded me of it.

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 16, 2018

      Thank you! 🙂 Oooh I need to try to visit there next!

  5. Reply

    Heidi Roland

    August 16, 2018

    Wow! Looks like an amazing castle!

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 16, 2018

      It’s one of my favorites!

  6. Reply

    Melissa

    August 16, 2018

    Wow! The chapel is so beautiful. I love all the gold <3

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 16, 2018

      The chapel was one of my favorite parts!!

  7. Reply

    Khrys Oros

    August 17, 2018

    Wow, these photos are incredible! I absolutely need to book a ticket to Denmark, and soon!

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 17, 2018

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes you should go if you get the chance!!

  8. Reply

    Bea

    August 18, 2018

    Julia, these are some stunning photographs! I’ve been aching to visit Denmark for a long time – mostly because of hygge and H.C. Andersen (lol). But, I love, love your post! Who doesn’t love an amazing castle? I am making a list of must see places in Denmark for when we go and this place is now on it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 18, 2018

      Thank you! 🙂 Let me know if you want any other recommendations! All the castles there are amazing!

  9. Reply

    Mo

    August 18, 2018

    gosh, those intricate details of the Chapel! So stunning 😀

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 18, 2018

      It’s such a beautiful place!

  10. Reply

    Linnea Jordan

    August 18, 2018

    Loved the post! I’m visiting Copenhagen in two weeks! I studied abroad their too. Were you in DIS? I didn’t go to Frederiksborg Castle but I think I might have to now.

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 18, 2018

      That’s awesome! Yes I was at DIS in 2013! When were you there?

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