Magnificent Frederiksborg Palace (or castle) is situated on the shores of the lake Slotsø near the town of Hillerød. King Christian IV. began with the construction of the Renaissance chateau in the early 17th century. He built a beautiful palace with the castle church. By 1840 all Danish kings were crowned there. On the walls of the church there are characters and coats of arms of the most famous noble families. The church has also been used as Knight’s Chapel for the Order of the Elephant and the Order of the Dannebrog.
Since 1848, Denmark is a constitutional monarchy and kings have not been crowned any more. In 1859 there was a large fire in the castle and the majority of the castle has been destroyed. Restoration has been proceeded with the intention to build a museum of Danish history in the castle. Tourists now pass through magnificently furnished rooms which are divided into different time periods, and can see the rich history of the Danish kingdom. The castle is richly equipped with paintings, furniture and interior decorative accessories. Frederiksborg is the Denmark’s largest gallery of portraits of all kings and queens from the year 1500, along with hundreds of other prominent Danish people.
Frederiksborg Palace is surrounded by a lake and park, which consists of a Baroque French garden and English park. From May to September, you can take tour boat around the castle. The start point is near the main square with city hall and the finish at the castle gardens.
The castle is located in the town of Hillerød, the final lines of the S-train. The city’s history is closely linked to the castle. Before castle construction there stood only a few village houses. Soon the city grew and became a center of commerce. Even today you can do shopping here, as well as in the center of Copenhagen, all the major companies have their own clothing shops here in the shopping street.
Hillerød is a vibrant town with 35,000 inhabitants and a beautiful castle, which is its greatest attraction.
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