If you liked Rosenborg Palace in Copenhagen you'll like Frederiksborg even more because it's in the same Danish Renaissance style (toy soldier castle) but even bigger. Like most royal things in Denmark it was originally built for Christian IV (about the time of our Charles I) but suffered a disastrous fire in the 19th century. It was then restored to its original appearance by the brewing family of Jacobsen (of Carlsberg fame) and since then has been the Danish Museum of National History.
Its interiors are magnificent and show a range of works of art, including the national portrait collection. Beautiful gardens outside.
Hillerod, a short train and bus ride from Copenhagen. S-tog lines A or E. Buses nos 701 or 702 from Hillerod station. www.frederiksborgmuseet.dk
From outside it's a big, impressive old building. But it's what's inside that counts.
The Town Hall is beautiful and church-like inside. Check out the Wedding Rooms - the murals on the walls are worthy of a religious building. But this is where Copenhageners get hitched in secular fashion. Show up on Saturday and witness the atmosphere in the waiting area. It's magic. Hey, why not sneak in with a large wedding party? Nobody will notice. My wife and I are still wondering who those two ladies in all our wedding photos are.
The Town Hall is, not suprisingly, located on the Town Hall Square or Rådhuspladsen.
Basically every tourist guide to Copenhagen will feature a photo of Nyhavn as the defining iconic image of the city.
The name means New Harbour, an optimistic description for what is merely a straight canal running from the harbour up to Kongens Nytorv Square.
But the gaily painted old houses are eye candy for the tourist and the old sailing ships bobbing at the quay are a long line of photo ops.
What used to be the drunken, whoring sailor's favourite haunt is now a long line of cafés that laugh behind your back for paying so much for their beer.
But it's pretty. Go for a walk. Drink beer elsewhere.
Metro to Kongens Nytorv or walk along the pedestrian street Strøget.
The term ‘view’ is relative in a city that banned skyscrapers by referendum in the 1970s. To get a bird’s eye view you’ll have to do a bit of climbing. Rundetårnet, or the Round Tower, is a landmark in the city centre.
Another option is the spire of Our Saviour’s church in the Christianshavn neighbourhood is unique in that the spiral staircase is on the outside of the spire. If your boots are made for walking you’re all set.
Our Saviour Church (Vor frelsers kirke)
Sankt Annægade 29, Christianshavn
Admission is free
The Round Tower (Rundetårn)
Tel: (+45) 33 73 03 73
Prices: 20 kroner for adults and 5 kroner for kids
After a 30-minute train ride out of Central Station, through suburbia and into what appears to a one-way mission to getting lost, the Louisiana Museum is will worth the visit. A fantastic building, nestled on the coast, and inside - Picasso, Warhol, (Danish ..he he) Bacon and a variety of gems of modern art. Once you've had your fill of art, wander outside to the nearby grounds and beaches. It's a beautiful and intimate setting, with treats like Henry Moore sculptures and amazing views as a background ... I loved it!
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