Frederiksborg, Kronborg, and other famous Danish castles you should visit!

12 Castles to See in Denmark

Walk through Danish history and the homes of the Danish Royal Family, past and present, at these stunning castles in Denmark. You can visit both homes of Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik, the popular royal couple who split their time between Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen and Fredensborg Palace in North Zealand. Get up close to the Danish crown jewels at the iconic Rosenborg Castle or walk in the rose gardens of Queen Margrethe’s residence in Aarhus, Marselisborg.

Denmark has more World Heritage Sites than you think!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Denmark

You can enjoy seven stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Denmark. For a whirlwind tour of Denmark's sites, start at Kronborg Castle, the home of Shakespeare's Hamlet, only an hour north of Copenhagen.

Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle – Home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Kronborg Castle with canon

Kronborg Castle – Home of Hamlet

See the highlights of the Danish Riviera

Top Things to Do in Northern Zealand

If you're looking for things to do in Copenhagen and have time to go a little further afield, then head north along the Danish Riviera of North Zealand. It's the perfect place to venture out on day trips from Copenhagen, or to extend your holiday with a stay in North Zealand's hotels, inns or holiday homes.

Walk through the history of Copenhagen

Copenhagen is rich in history. The Danish capital was officially founded in 1167 by Bishop Absalon, but research suggest that the location was inhabited already in the late Viking age. Copenhagen was a busy and strategically important merchant city throughout the medieval period where it controlled much of the lucrative trade and traffic to and from the Baltic Sea.

48 hour Copenhagen guide

Shopping, sightseeing, eating, partying... you can do it all in 48 hours in Copenhagen.

Women shopping

 Ribe Viking Centre

South Jutland culture and heritage

The ruined castle

Koldinghus Castle Ruin is a treat in itself, but it also houses some interesting museums, including one dedicated to Danish silver. Just outside Kolding, you’ll find the Trapholt museum, where you can enjoy contemporary art, handicrafts and design.

World-famous architect

In Tønder, the city's old water tower has been made into a museum for townsman and architect Hans J. Wegner and his world-famous chairs.

Louisiana Museum

North Zealand culture and heritage

Kronborg- Hamlet's home

Kronborg Castle

Towns and villages

Helsingør (Elsinore)

World-famous as the home of Elsinore, the castle of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Helsingør has long held a strategically important position at the mouth of the Baltic Sea. Feel the legacy of power here, with a trip to see Kronborg Castle, or walk the cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. The cathedral and monastery in town are also worth a visit.

Egeskov Slot

Funen culture and heritage

Art

You can experience works by the artists' movement known as The Farm Painters (Fynboerne) at Faaborg Museum and at Johannes Larsen Museum in Kerteminde. You'll find temporary exhibitions of contemporary art at Brandt's in Odense and Grimmerhus near Middelfart, where you'll also find Denmark's Ceramics Museum. 

Denmark history

The history of Denmark

c. 12500 BC - The first hunters inhabit Danish lands.

3900 BC - Basic society built on agriculture and animal husbandry.

400-700 - Urbanisation begins.

866-867 - Viking conquest of York, which becomes the Viking capital of England.

Princess Mary and Prince Frederik

The Danish Royal Family

Rune stone

Denmark: The world’s oldest monarchy

Amalienborg

Royal and Historic Sights in Copenhagen

Amalienborg Castle

The Royal Family residence