For such a small country, Denmark packs a hefty punch in all the different places to see in this beautiful country. With the cosmopolitan city of Copenhagen, the stunning villages that criss-cross Denmark and the beautiful castles that once protected this small European nation, Denmark is a great country to explore for any traveller.
After planning a complete itinerary of the best places to eat, see and do in Copenhagen I wanted to showcase the very best castles that will entice you to the wonderful country. Take a look at these corkers below.
1.) Egeskov Castle
Situated on the southern island of Funen, it is one of Europe’s best maintained and beautiful water castles that isn’t in ruins. Take a tour of the castle and its picturesque grounds and you might even come across remnants of the old oak forest that helped create the foundations of this historic castle.
2.) Spøttrup Castle
Sitting a mere 30 minutes from Skive in Northern Jutland, Spøttrup Castle is slightly off the average visitor’s radar. The best time to visit is in the summer months when the castles museum is opened to the public. Take a tour of it’s grounds and marvel at this piece of Danish history.
3.) Vordingborg Castle
Officially Vordingborg’s most famous attraction, Vordingborg Castle almost looks like the home of Rapunzel. Take a trip to the quaint little town and explore the vast grounds and ruins that date back almost a millennia!
4.) Rosenborg Castle
Rosenborg Castle is a perfect example of a renaissance castle in the beating heart of Copenhagen. Take a few hours to explore this mighty castle and the Long Hall inside. It’s a beautiful addition to your perfect weekend in the capital city of Denmark.
5.) Rosenholm Castle
Officially Denmark’s oldest family-owned castles, Rosenholm Castle is a home like no other! With almost 500 years of history, this stunning castle, with much of its architectural inspiration coming from Italy in the 16th Century, is truly one of a kind in Northern Europe. 🙂
6.) Voergaard Castle
Surrounded by its very own moat, Voergaard Castle still holds back hoards of angry villagers from it’s stunning interior. Okay, fine, while there aren’t ‘angry villagers’ during its construction, this fully functioning moat was used to protect it’s inhabitants and all those invited to be inside.
Nowadays you can arrange visits, tour the grounds and enjoy its impressive art collection without fear of being thrown into the moat! 😉
Built as a royal residence in Hillerød, Frederiksborg Castle is a stunning example of the historic opulence of royal families in Denmark. Don’t forget to head inside the Valdemar Room and the palace’s very own chapel.
8.) Aalborghus Castle
With almost 500 years of history, Aalborghus Castle is one of the countries most understated castles. It’s timber frame and charming buildings may look quite different from the likes of Frederiksborg Castle but it’s significance is just as important.
9.) Christiansborg Palace
Christiansborg Palace is another easy palace to visit whilst in Copenhagen. Unlike any other building in the world, Christiansborg Palace houses all three supreme powers in governing a country; the country’s Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court. The palace itself is open to the public and much of its beauty can still be explored.
10.) Dragsholm Castle
Perched on a small iselt in Zealand, Dragsholm Castle is one of the oldest buildings in the region. Nowadays you can not only explore but also stay in this wonderful (and haunted) castle. Keep an eye open for the grey and white lady that many people believe still walk the halls…. *gulp* 😉