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The summer residence of the Danish Royal Family, Fredensborg Palace is a grand country home north of Copenhagen. For one month a year, visitors can explore the palace interiors and live like royalty for a day.
The French-baroque style Fredensborg Palace was built as a hunting retreat for King Frederick IV of Denmark in 1719. From the grand central courtyard to the manicured gardens, it’s every inch the royal retreat and is still in use by the Danish Royal Family. Visitors are only allowed inside the palace during the month of July but are free to enjoy the grounds all year round.
The grounds center around Lake Esrum. Garden highlights include the Valley of the Norsemen sculpture park with sculptures by J.G. Grund and pleasant woodland walks as well as a kitchen garden and an orangery (these last two are open in July only). Less than an hour from Copenhagen, the palace is within easy distance for a day trip, and guided tours make the journey frequently.
Fredensborg Palace is located at Slottet 1 in Fredensborg, 26 miles (42 kilometers) north of Copenhagen. It’s accessible by car or train from Copenhagen, or as part of a guided tour with round-trip transport provided. The journey time is around an hour.
The grounds at Fredensborg are open all year round, although they are best enjoyed in spring, summer and fall—winter in Denmark is usually cold and snowy. The palace itself is only open to visitors for the month of July.
One of the biggest contemporary art galleries in Europe, Kunsthal Charlottenborg in downtown Copenhagen is a must-visit for culture enthusiasts. From the palace itself—a grand Dutch-inspired baroque building—to the changing roster of engaging exhibits, artist talks, and film showings, there’s plenty to do here.