10 AM to 5 PM
Nov-Mar (November 1 to March 31)
11 AM to 3 PM
Romantic Frederiksborg is perched on a lake in Hillerød, north-west of Copenhagen. Built in the 17th century in the reign of Christian IV, the castle’s copper roofs glisten in the sun. Built on three islands, overlooking formal gardens, this rambling Dutch Renaissance palace contains Denmark’s Museum of National History, the awesomely ornate Coronation Chapel, magnificent public rooms, and a collection of modern portraits. Check out the gilded ceiling, Royal portraits, and gilded organ by German master Esaias Campenius in the second-floor chapel. Wander through the magnificent state rooms on the third floor to spy Delft pottery, spindly rococo furniture, and Flemish tapestries on the walls. The ceiling of Room 31 depicts the night sky in bright blues and golds, while Room 36 is laid out for a ghostly dinner party, with scarlet walls and cardboard cut-outs of bewigged gentlemen. Room 39 houses the elaborate Celestial Globe (1657), ornamented with figures representing the signs of the zodiac. On the creaky fourth floor of the castle, the modern portrait collection includes photographs of Queen Margrethe, a self-portrait by Skagen painter Peter Severin Kroyer, images of Danish Resistance heroes, and an arresting image of an elderly Karen Blixen dressed as a pierrot. The baroque gardens stretch into the distance across the castle’s moat.