4 of the Best Castles in Denmark

Royal Palaces in or Near Copenhagen Worth a Visit

Denmark is the oldest continuous monarchy in Europe. As such, Denmark is filled with regal architecture, historic buildings, and beautiful royal castles. 

If time is of the essence and you want to pick among the best castles to visit, check out the features of each of the best castles and select the one (or more) that appeal to you most. If gardens are what you're after, plan a visit to the King's Gardens at Rosenborg Castle.

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    Amalienborg Palace
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    Amalienborg in Copenhagen is the royal couple's winter residence. This castle in Denmark's capital is a major architectural undertaking in classic rococo architectural style. Amalienborg in Copenhagen is comprised of four externally uniform, but internally quite different, palaces around a large courtyard.

    In the large courtyard, visitors can see an equestrian statue of Frederik V who was the founder of the Amalienborg Palace complex and Frederiksstad. Today, the public can visit two of Amalienborg's palaces: Christian VIII's Palace and Christian VII's Palace. This is a great attraction worth a visit if you are in Copenhagen, and it is quick and easy to get to.

    If you plan on taking a tour, this castle is part of the Copenhagen Grand Tour.

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    Kronborg Castle
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    Kronborg Castle (in Danish: Kronborg Slot) is strategically located at a very narrow strip of water between Denmark and Sweden, near Helsingor. Its location helped medieval kings to regulate import and export and was a collection point for waterway taxes paid by ships passing through. 

    The town of Helsingor is not far from Copenhagen, approximately 30 miles (49 kilometers), and can be found at the northernmost tip of the Danish island of Zealand. It is said that Kronborg Castle was used as the inspiration for the place setting of Elsinore in Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

    If you are taking a guided tour, this castle is included in the Hamlet Castle Tour from Copenhagen and the North Zealand Castles Tour.

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    Fredensborg Palace
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    The castle of Fredensborg is an 18th-century palace north of Copenhagen at Lake Esrum. The castle enjoys a special status among the Danish palaces as it is the royal couple's most often used residence for official state banquets, including the 2004 wedding banquet of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. The palace gardens are always open. Guided tours of the palace are usually offered in July, every 15 minutes in the afternoon.

    This famous Danish castle is included in the Hamlet Castle Tour from Copenhagen and the North Zealand Castles Tour.

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    Christiansborg Palace

    Christiansborg Palace
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    Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen in Copenhagen houses the Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister's Office, and the Supreme Court. The royal reception rooms in the palace's north wing, the palace church, and most of the riding ground complex are available to the royal family. As a result of two serious fires in 1794 and 1884, the palace complex bears testimony to three eras of Danish architecture.

    In the riding ground complex, you can visit the Theatre Museum and the royal stables. Beneath Christiansborg, visitors can see the ruins of two older castles.

    Christiansborg castle is part of the Copenhagen Grand Tour and the City Tour of Copenhagen.