Fredensborg Palace | Day-Trip To A Royal Barok Palace

Fredensborg Palace | Day-Trip To A Royal Barok Palace

Rebecca Aller
Rebecca Aller
February 8, 2024
Fredenborg royal palace

Fredensborg Palace lies in the Danish countryside, just 30 kilometers north of Copenhagen. This royal baroque palace is a sight to behold, yet the true gem lies in its royal baroque garden, which are straight out of a fairytale. If you are keen on exploring more Royal Palaces and Castles in Copenhagen you should take a look at our site.

Fredensborg Palace: The Ideal Day-Trip from Copenhagen

Located just about 30 kilometers north of Copenhagen, Fredensborg makes for an ideal day-trip destination. A train journey can transport you into royal history in less than an hour. We recommend spending at least 2-3 hours at Fredensborg Palace, depending on how much time you want to devote to exploring the baroque gardens. If you appreciate the beauty of royal gardens, a visit to Fredensborg Palace should definitely be on your list.

Note: In and around Copenhagen, there are three castles with very similar names. Be mindful not to mix them up: Fredensborg Palace, Frederiksborg Castle, and Frederiksberg Palace.

Why Visit Fredensborg Palace?

Fredenborg Royal Palace

This palace is not  just a royal residence; it is a living piece of history and a testament to royal elegance. Dating back to the 18th century and built for King Frederik IV, this place has witnessed its fair share of royal drama and celebrations. Of course, the real splendor lies in the royal gardens, which are straight out of a fairytale.

Note: The Private Garden is open to the public for free from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM during these periods, and the surrounding palace garden is accessible all year round. If you want, you can choose a guided tour of Fredensborg Palace which includes parts of the palace, the chapel, the Private Garden, and the Orangery during select summer holidays. Plan your visit and purchase tickets at

The history of Fredensborg Palace

Fredensborg Palace stands as a symbol of royal elegance and architectural grandeur. Constructed as a country seat for King Frederik IV in the early 18th century, the palace has since become a beloved royal residence, hosting numerous state and family events. Today, it’s not just a royal residence but a living museum rich in history and culture. Fredensborg Palace has hosted important events in the Royal Family's life and received heads of state from across the globe. The palace's grandeur is highlighted by the unique tradition of visiting heads of state etching their names on window panes.

Fredensborg Palace Gardens: Denmark’s Versailles

Fredensborg Palace garden
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The Fredensborg Castle Garden is Denmark's most exquisite royal baroque garden, offering a unique blend of history, architecture, gardening, and art. Its French baroque style is characterized by long, straight avenues extending from the palace, reminiscent of the grand gardens of Versailles. Visitors can explore Brede Allé, which was magnificently restored and reopened in 2013. Within the avenues, large forested areas with winding paths reflect the garden's evolution from baroque to Romantic style. The Private Garden, open to the public during the summer, and the Norsemans’ Valley with 68 sculptures, provide a unique cultural experience.

Tip: If you're a nature lover, a visit to The Hermitage, located in the UNESCO-listed Deer Park, should be on your list!

Fredensborg Palace

Beyond the Palace: Discovering Fredensborg Town

If time allows, we highly recommend spending some time in Fredensborg town itself. This charming town offers a laid-back vibe, unique shops, and a sense of community distinct from the bustling city. Enjoy a coffee at a local café, explore artisanal shops, and don't miss Lake Esrum, perfect for a refreshing swim or a relaxing canoe ride.

Local tip: Restaurant Skipperhuset, located in Sørup close to Fredensborg Castle Garden, features unique architecture and offers views of forests, Esrum Lake, a boat dock, and Chaluphus with its own small harbor.
Fredensborg Palace
Kasper Thye, Visit Copenhagen

Discover Denmark Beyond Copenhagen

Visiting towns outside Copenhagen on a day trip can be an exciting experience, offering a different slice of Danish life beyond the cityscape and showcasing the everyday Danish town life. Another wonderful town for a day trip is Helsingør, home to Kronborg Castle, which is definitely worth a visit!

Watch the video about palaces and castle in and around Copenhagen for a quick comparative overview of the attractions.

Opening hours and directions

Openings hours for (updated today)
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Address: - directions
Website: official site

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