Danish castles and manor houses

Denmark is one of the oldest monarchies in the world and its long legacy is perfectly preserved in its many fine castles, manor houses and gardens. Many are still used by the royal family today and most are open for you to explore, with exhibitions, museums, art collections and other events throughout the year.

Royal palaces

The winter residence of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II is Amalienborg Palace. You can visit two of the palace's four nearly-identical Rococo buildings, right at the heart of Copenhagen. Fredensborg Palace is the summer residence of the Royal Family in North Sealand and its open for you to visit during the month of July. The Monarchy’s website contains a full list and details of all royal palaces in Denmark.

Fortress castles

Many of Denmark’s castles started as fortresses, protecting against invasion. Koldinghus to the south served this purpose close to the border with Germany. A fire destroyed the original castle in 1808, but an impressive reconstruction now overlooks the city of Kolding with an excellent museum. Kronborg served as a fortress at the mouth of the sound between Denmark and Sweden for centuries. This World Heritage castle was the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet and you can reach it in a day trip north of Copenhagen.

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