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Copenhagen - Off the beaten track


Reindeer reside in the grounds of the Fredensborg, the summer palace of Danish royal family

Frederiksborg Slot

People who visit Hillerød, 40km (25mi) north-west of Copenhagen, don't really go there to visit Hillerød - they go there to see the magnificent castle around which the small town is centred: Frederiksborg Slot. This Dutch Renaissance castle looks spectacular enough from the outside - spread as it is over several small islets on a lake called Slotsø - but the interior of this former fortress and now national museum is no let-down either, with over 70 publicly accessible rooms boasting gilded ceilings, full-wall tapestries, paintings and antiques. Particularly impressive are the Riddershalen (Knights Hall) and the Slotskirken (Coronation Chapel), the latter being where Danish monarchs received their extravagant new head-gear between 1671 and 1840.

Hillerød

People who visit Hillerød, 40km (25mi) northwest of Copenhagen, don't really go there to visit Hillerød - they go there to see the magnificent castle around which the small town is centred: Frederiksborg Slot. This Dutch Renaissance castle looks spectacular enough from the outside - spread as it is over several small islets on a lake called Slotsø - but the interior of this former fortress and now national museum is no let-down either, with over 70 publicly accessible rooms boasting gilded ceilings, full-wall tapestries, paintings and antiques. Particularly impressive are the Riddershalen (Knights Hall) and the Slotskirken (Coronation Chapel), the latter being where Danish monarchs received their extravagant new headgear between 1671 and 1840.

Trelleborg

There are four Viking ring fortresses in Denmark, but Viking ring fortress purists will find that Trelleborg, which is situated 7km (4.3mi) west of the town of Slagelse in Southern Zealand, is the best preserved of all of them. Features of the site include a detailed reconstruction of a Viking house where you can imagine warriors feasting, sleeping and discussing hair-plaiting techniques, a museum containing pottery and other domestic items that have been excavated from the site and burial mounds up on the circular grassy rampart.



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