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  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Duration:  6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Spend a day in North Zealand, Denmark’s magical castle-laden region, on a day trip from Copenhagen! After traveling through a landscape where sandy beaches meet emerald hills, stop in the town of Elsinore to see Denmark’s premier UNESCO-listed attraction, Kronborg Castle. Hear how it was used as the setting of Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet,’ and then continue to Fredensborg Castle, the summer home of Denmark’s royal family. Finish up with a stroll through Frederiksborg Castle’s gardens before returning to Copenhagen.


  • North Zealand day trip from Copenhagen
  • Enjoy stunning coastal and inland scenery while traveling north
  • See UNESCO-listed Kronburg Castle in Elsinore – the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • Pose for photos outside Fredensborg Castle, the summer home of Denmark’s royal family
  • Stroll through the picture-perfect gardens of Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød

What You Can Expect

North Zealand Day Trip from Copenhagen

See Fredensborg Castle on a North Zealand day trip!

Board your luxury coach near Copenhagen City Hall and then sit back and relax on the drive out of the city, following the coastline into the region of Zealand. The first destination of your day is Elsinore (known locally as Helsingør), and as you travel north along the sea-fringed roads, you’ll take in some of Denmark’s most spectacular countryside. Tear your eyes away from the golden-sand beaches to see stretches of soft green hills with pretty wooden houses breaking up the countryside.

In Elsinore, stop for a walk around the outside of Kronborg Castle -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and hear about its formidable history from your guide. Once a tollhouse that was designed to terrify outsiders, the castle now has a romantic appeal, having been the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Stroll around Kronborg Castle’s swan-filled moats, and head into Elsinore itself to admire its historical half-timbered houses and streets on a walking tour with your guide. Take a break for lunch (own expense) and then meet your guide to continue your tour by coach to Fredensborg Castle – the summer residence of the Danish royal family. Stop for photos in front of the castle with Lake Esrum as your backdrop, and then hop back on board your coach.

Nearby is the small market town of Hillerød, and you'll visit it next to see magnificent Frederiksborg Castle. The building gives the town an undeniable wow factor, with many a visitor referring to it as the ‘Nordic Versailles.’ Explore the castle’s different gardens – one designed in French Baroque style and another in the form of a quintessential English garden – while learning about the castle’s history from your guide.

Head back to Copenhagen in the late afternoon, finishing your tour at the start point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

It was a wonderful day! I took great photos and met great people. I would highly recommend it.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

The trip itself was wonderful, we had an excellent and very informative guide and very comforatble transport. My only quibble was catching the bus, the voucher advises that buses leave from next to the City Hall but doesnt advise which side, to the right of the City Hall is a bus area so we naturally assumed that was the place to be but it was actually the other side, there are no signs to advise you! luckily somebody walked across to check before they left or we would have missed the trip.

I cannot fault the trip and would highly reccomend it to anybody but i would advise you to be aware that the bus may not be where you think it is and also that Viator look at having some signs made up so that people are able to identify where to board :)

overall very enjoyable!!

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