Frederiksborg Palace

Hillerød, Denmark

Frederiksborg Palace was built as a royal residence for King Christian IV and is now a museum of national history. The current edifice replaced a previous castle erected by Frederick II and is the largest Renaissance palace in Scandinavia. The palace is located on three small islands in the middle of Palace Lake (Slotsøen) and is adjoined by a large formal garden in the Baroque style.

The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 1560 structure built by Frederick II. Although he remains its namesake, most of the current palace was instead constructed by Christian IV between 1602 and 1620. He employed the Flemish architects Hans and Lorenz van Steenwinckel and the castle follows the Dutch style employed by Christian IV for his new buildings in Copenhagen. After Christian IV's death in 1648, the palace was used mainly for ceremonial events.

The church has also been used as the knight's chapel for the Order of the Elephant and the Order of the Dannebrog since 1693; housed the Danish royal family's art collection, notably works on the life of Jesus by Danish painter Carl Heinrich Bloch; and was the site of the 1720 Treaty of Frederiksborg.

In the 1850s, the palace was again used as a residence by King Frederick VII. While he was in residence on the evening of December 16, 1859, a fire destroyed a large part of the main palace's interior. Reconstruction was funded by public subscription, with large contributions from the king and state, as well as the prominent philanthropist J. C. Jacobsen of the Carlsberg Brewery. Jacobsen also funded the museum of national history that now occupies Frederiksborg.

The Palace Church or Chapel of Orders serves as a local church today and is a part of the museum on the premises. The coats-of-arms of recipients of the Order of the Elephantand of the Dannebrog are displayed on the walls of the church. The museum houses an important collection of portraits and historical paintings.



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Founded: 1560-1620
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Denmark
Historical period: Early Modern Denmark (Denmark)


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User Reviews

Ian Huang (2 months ago)
The castle itself was undergoing renovations at the time, and the interior ticket price was a bit expensive for students, so I chose not to enter for a tour. However, there was a peaceful garden behind the castle, which I really enjoyed.
Li Pe (2 months ago)
It's just beautiful and amazing to see! It's probably the best royal looking castle in Denmark! ??? The gardens were not that special, but what can you expect from Danish climate ?
Iryna Velykokhatko (2 months ago)
Magnificent place, worth a day’s visit. The garden is quite large too and the park around is even bigger. There are many small paths in the park, all are well taken care of and easy to walk. Worth coming in spring (late May) to see blossoming rhododendron bushes. We haven’t gone into the museum as we were short on time, and the kids enjoyed running around the garden. But the entry ticket is quite reasonably priced - 110dkk for grownups, 90dkk for students and free for kids and youth under 18. Definitely looked interesting inside.
Kylie Brown (2 months ago)
Beautiful castle with plenty to see. A lot of the castle begins to look the same after a while--opulent rooms with portraits of Danish royalty & nobility. The chapel/church is more unique and worth spending a little more time in, as are the gardens.
Ronnie Maria (2 months ago)
Surrounded by huge garden and park, this castle has 3 level and basement. If you are interested into detail and history, I suggest to visit at least 3 hours. It’s huge castle. But the ticket, put your bag or jacket in the locker, show ticket to the controller and voila, the journey starts. There is also elevator for wheelchair but some location I think a bit difficult to be visited with wheelchair. Recommendation places to be seen: church/chapel and the great hall
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