The Danish Monastic Route links existing trails and small roads with some 40 Danish abbeys and places where abbeys once stood. With routes along paths and winding roads with beautiful scenery and cultural and historical sights to be seen along the way. And with the peace and quiet needed to ensure that modern-day ramblers can proceed slowly on foot, this route in Royal North Sealand offers an authentic and unique experience.

Day 1 - The Monastic route

Arrival in Elsinore and Helsingør Camping, which has some lovely little cabins directly overlooking the Øresund Sound. Visit the Carmelite Monastery, the old medieval town of Elsinore, Kronborg Castle. Dinner at La Dolce Vita.

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Elsinore

Elsinore is one of the best preserved old towns in Denmark with origins dating back to the Middle Ages. Explore the Carmelite Monastery, the old medieval town of Elsinore or Kronborg Castle.

Day 2 - The Monastic route

Visit Gurre Castle ruin and Esrum Abbey & Møllegård. Enjoy lunch at Esrum Abbey where the food is part of the culture and the nature. Overnight stay at Maarumlund, a fully renovated old forester’s farm situated in the heart of Gribskov.

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Gurre Castle ruin

The Central Tower of Gurre Castle was built at the end of the 12th century, while the outer wall was erected during the reign of King Valdemar Atterdag in the 14th century. King Valdemar Atterdag very often resided in the castle and he died there.

Day 3 - The Monastic route

A hike along Esrum Sø lake, Gribskov, Nøddebo Church and Frederiksborg Castle. Overnight stay at Danhostel Hillerød, a four star hostel with a unique location by Store Dyrehave deer park.

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Gribskov

The hike takes you through the forest Gribskov. Gribskov is one of the largest forests in Denmark. The forest is the remaining of the great tangle which covered the prehistoric North Zealand.

Day 4 - The Monastic route

Walk to Æbelholt Abbey and Skævinge Church. Æbelholt Abbey was the largest Augustinian monastery in the Middle Ages. From here, it is easy to continue south on the Monastic Route or jump on the train back to Hillerød.

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Æbelholt Abbey

The museum and the ruins of Æbelholt Abbey are located five kilometres west of Hillerød. At the museum are the excavated ruins of what was the largest Augustinian monastery in the Middle Ages.