3480 Copenhagen, Denmark
NileGuide Expert tip:
Come in July if you want to see the areas normally reserved for members of the Royal Family, as well astake a guided tour between 1 and 4pm
More of a stately home than a traditional castle, the baroque 18th-century palace at Fredensborg at Lake Esrum north of Copenhagen was until very recently home to Crown Prince Frederik and his family and continues to be the Royal family's residence during spring and autumn. It was built bit by bit over the 1700s by some of the best Danish architects of the time, and the connecting church also dates from this period.
The grounds are vast, comprising wide avenues and romantic period gardens. Although the gardens nearest to the palace are reserved for the Royal Family, they are normally open to the public in July. Visitors should also check out the dascinating collection of sculptures in the 'Norwegian Valley' representing fishermen and peasants from the former Danish colonies of Norway and the Faroes.Entrance to both castle and gardens costs DKK 50 (DKK 20 for children aged 6-12).