Castles close to Copenhagen, a one-day castle tour

The romantic print of my sweater (Tally Weijl) matches well with the romantic vibe of Frederiksborg castle. 

Close to Copenhagen there are three castles absolutely worth visiting. We decided to combine all three for a daytrip during our stay in Copenhagen last summer. Kronburg was the one I absolutely wanted to see. It is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. My main reason for going there was another one though. Kronburg is known as Elsinore in William Shakespeare’s legendary play Hamlet and during the summer months a theatre group was performing scenes of the play in the castle itself. I just had to take the opportunity to enjoy some Shakespeare there!

Kronburg Castle. On the day of our visit, the weather was as dark as Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 

Hamlet in Kronburg

The decor for the Hamlet scenes was fantastic of course. We have witnessed scenes in different grand rooms of the impressive castle and absolutely enjoyed the acting, costumes and the interaction between the actors and their audience. I have seen quite some Shakespeare plays in my life and this one, although not really a play, was the best by far. My three teenagers all like Shakespeare now. Isn’t that great? It once again makes me realise how true the following quote by Maya Angelou is: “Travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure.”

Fredensborg, Denmark’s Versailles

After a rainy but very entertaining morning in Kronburg, we slowly made our way back to Copenhagen, briefly visiting two other castles en route. Fortunately, the weather had improved and we could enjoy a stroll in the beautiful gardens of Fredensborg castle. If I tell you that Fredensborg is called Denmark´s Versailles, you can imagine the beauty and symmetry of its gardens. Fredensborg is still frequently used by the Danish royal family, but when we were there we only spotted other tourists.

Frederiksborg, where romance and history meet

At the end of the day we visited Frederiksborg castle, which is built in the Dutch Renaissance Style. It now houses the museum of national history. Don’t you just love the romantic vibe of this castle? My sweater matches the romantic theme perfectly, doesn’t it?

Sweater: Tally Weijl, Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Shoes: Vans, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

To visit or not to visit, that certainly isn’t the question. I am sure you will agree that all three are absolutely worth a visit. Because they are pretty close to Copenhagen, you can easily combine your city trip with a one-day castle tour. Which castle is your favourite?



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  1. These castles look magnificent. So much nicer than the ones in The Netherlands. Very grand. It must indeed have been such a treat to witness Shakespeare being played with such a background.
    And you blended in very nicely in your lovely sweater. Although a full length velvet gown would have been appropriate haha.

    1. Thanks for the compliment. If you ever go to Copenhagen, you know you should add one more day so you can visit all these grand castles. Make sure you pack your velvet gown, dear. You are prepared!
      Love, Lieske

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