COPENHAGEN — Day Trips From Copenhagen

If you are staying a little longer in Copenhagen and want to get out of the city and see a little more then there are several places you can visit that are nearby and easily reached by public transport.

The sights found here are:
Kronborg Castle
Frederiksborg Castle
Fredensborg Palace
Karen Blixen Museum

Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle
This is probably the most famous Danish castle because of its association with Shakespeare’s Hamlet . It was built between 1574 and 1585 in the Renaissance style for Frederik 11. It was built as both a fortress and an elegant castle and was used as a royal residence until 1785 when it was converted into army barracks which occupied it until 1923. Inside the castle you will find a 62-metre ballroom, a well-preserved chapel and dungeons below the castle where there is also the statue of Holger Danske. You can reach the castle by taking a 40-minute train journey from Norreport and it is a short walk from the train station to the castle. There is a cafe here as well.
For information about the castle visit the website at: http://www.ses.dk/en/SlotteOgHaver/Slotte/Kronborg.aspx?sc_lang=en

Traveller's Tip

There are guided tours available in English that are free with a paid ticket and these are worth doing because you get a different insight into the history of the castle.
Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle
This castle is found in Hillerød which takes around 30 to 40 minutes to reach by train from Copenhagen Central Station. The setting for this castle is beautiful as it sits on three small islands in the middle of the castle lake and is surrounded by the castle gardens. It was built in the 17th century in the Renaissance style for King Christian 1V. After the death of King Christian 1V the castle was used mainly for ceremonial events until the 1850s when it was again used as a royal residence by Frederik V11. The castle today is a museum of natural history. The castle houses a large collection of portraits, historical paintings and modern art as well as an exhibition showing the history of the castle. Make sure you visit the magnificent gardens as well.
For information about the castle visit the website at: http://www.dnm.dk/UK/Forside.htm

Traveller's Tip

There is a free ipod audioguide tour available.
Fredensborg Palace

Fredensborg Palace
This palace is found on the eastern shore of Lake Esrum in Fredensborg. It is used by the Danish royal family as their spring and autumn residence as well as being an important venue for royal events and state visits. It was built by Frederik IV in the 18th century. The central part of the palace is the oldest and has an octagonal courtyard. The palace is painted white and has green copper roofs. Inside you will find a central hall with a huge cupola as well as the Rococo winter garden and a Baroque chapel. The grounds are worth a visit especially the orangery which was connected to the main building by a small passage that allowed the Royal family and court to walk to the church without getting their feet wet.
For information about the palace visit the website at: http://www.ses.dk/en/SlotteOgHaver/Slotte/FredensborgSlotOgSlotshave.aspx

Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum
This museum is found in Rungstedlund which you can reach by train from Copenhagen main railway station. The museum is found in the rooms of the house that Karen Blixen lived in before and after her time in Africa. Karen Blixen was considered one of Denmark’s most important 20th century writers. In the museum you will find drawings and paintings by Karen Blixen as well as an exhibit on her life and work. There is a guided tour you can take and afterwards you can visit the cafe or shop.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://blixen.dk/en/

Traveller's Tip

Try and enter the house via the woods which are signposted from the main road. These woods are a bird sanctuary and you will see lots of bird boxes which were set up by Karen Blixen. Her grave is also found here.