In North Sealand - only 30 min. from Copenhagen, we have three of the most beautiful castles in Northern Europe. With his castles the king could outshine anyone in the vicinity. He demonstrated his power and wealth and showed the world that Denmark was one of the oldest and most influential countries.
That is why we call it Royal North Sealand
Frederiksborg Castle is an imposing blend of manor house and hunting castle – showing off heaven-defying spires and secret passages. It was built on three islands, connected by bridges.
Fredensborg Palace - the elegant baroque palace with peaceful atmosphere, is named after King Frederick IV.
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the magical Abbey. And enjoy a delightful lunch, based on herbs and spices that were once widely used in medieval Europe. Drink from “Kilden” (The Spring), which the monks believed had curative powers.
The Carmelite monastery with the Sct. Mariæ church is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in Northern Europe. The monastery was founded in 1430 when the king Erik of Pommern invited the Carmelite monks to Helsingør.
Esrum Abbey was founded by the Cistercian Order in 1151 and was of great importance as their spiritual center in Denmark. Nowadays Esrum Abbey is a cultural centre featuring various exhibitions, among other things. Æbelholt Monastery Museum was founded around 1175 by Augustinian friars. The rumour went wide about miracles at his grave, and through the Middle Ages ailing people poured into Æbelholt.
The ruin of Gurre Castle lies north of the country road between Gurre and Tikøb. The outer wall was built during the 1300s under the reign of Valdemar Atterdag. The king was often in residence at the castle, and he died there. While the castle was in use it was situated on an islet in Lake Gurre with a pile bridge across to a gate in the middle of the south wall.
Søborg Castle has played a role in Danish history and was Denmark's strongest fortified castle and was used as a dungeon.
The Carmelite convent and Sanct Mary's Church is one of the best preserved medieval monastery in northern Europe.
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.