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Danish castles you must visit

Published May 30, 2022

In Denmark, you will find that there are many castles, all of which are fantastic destinations. Danish castles are unique in their own way and offer different experiences.

This blog post will highlight five must-visit Danish castles. There are, of course, many more - and they are all undoubtedly worth a visit.

Frederiksborg Castle

One of the most famous castles in Denmark is Frederiksberg Castle. The castle was built by Christian IV in the first decades of the 1600s.

At Frederiksborg Castle you can have a completely unique cultural experience with the whole family. The castle is situated in scenic surroundings, which invite you to enjoy pleasant walks in the garden. 

Frederiksborg Castle has been home to the National History Museum since 1878. Here you can learn about 500 years of Danish history through portraits, history paintings, furniture and the art industry. 

Source: dnm.dk 

Frederiksborg Slot. Foto: Jonas Smith

Kronborg Castle

If you want to visit a Danish castle that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and that Shakespeare used as the setting for the play Hamlet, then you should visit Kronborg Castle.

Located in Helsingør on the shores of the Øresund, the shortest route from Denmark to Sweden, you'll find one of Northern Europe's finest Renaissance castles, Kronborg Castle. The castle with its unique history is definitely worth a visit.

With its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Kronborg Castle was deemed to be of outstanding value to mankind. Kronborg Castle was inscribed on the list in 2000. 

Source: VisitCopenhagen

Kronborg Slot. Foto: Sandra Grünewald

Egeskov

On Funen you will find the fantastic castle Egeskov, and here you will not lack adventure opportunities. 

At Egeskov Castle you can take a walk in one of the fantastic gardens during the summer season, you can explore the beautiful castle and you can visit the Veteran, Camping Outdoor and Falck Museums during the colder periods. 

Fantastic scenery, entertainment for the whole family and plenty of opportunities at the Castle to get a good bite to eat, whether at Cafe Jomfru Rigborg or in one of the kiosks where they serve quality fast food. 

Source: Egeskov

Egeskov. Foto: Marina Surniene

Gråsten Castle

Gråsten Castle is best known for being the summer residence of the royal family. 

Gråsten Castle is usually open from 1 April to 31 October - provided that the royal family is not staying at the castle. Kitchen Garden can be visited all year round, however the Palace Garden will be closed to visitors during the residence period. 

Gråsten Castle is a historic and beautiful castle, which is undoubtedly worth a visit. The castle garden offers wooded areas, winding paths, large lawns and flower beds, which in combination with the stunning nature of Southern Jutland create the framework for a unique experience. 

Source: Kongelige Slotte

Amalienborg Palace

If you are interested in Danish royal history and the lives of the royals, then you MUST visit Amalienborg, where the royals still live.

The palace square is well known for the Livgardens changing of the guard at 12:00 every day. Around the square is Amalienborg with four identical mansions Christian VII's Palace, Christian VIII's Palace, Christian IX's Palace and Frederik VIII's Palace. In Frederik VIII's Palace you will find the Amalienborg Museum. 

At the museum you can experience the history of the Danish royal family. The museum dates back to Christian IX and Queen Louise. Christian IX and Queen Louise's rooms are intact - as are those of their descendants. Here you can see the opening hours.

Source: VisitCopenhagen

Amalienborg. Foto: Razvan Mirel

A Getowayy with one or more visits to the many Danish castles would be a very unique holiday, and you can explore all Owayy's locations here.