Art & Culture in North Sealand

Ultra-modern architecture, art and design in North Sealand. North Sealand is a region in Denmark that is brimming with art and culture. Ultra-modern architecture, art and design, international theatre and, not least, opulent Renaissance castles that represent the history of Denmark.

Frederiksborg, Kronborg and Fredensborg castles are cultural and historical landmarks that attract travellers from all over the world. Every year in August, the open-air Shakespeare Festival is held in Kronborg Castle’s courtyard featuring international theatre companies. Esrum Abbey, originally a large and powerful Cistercian abbey, is today an active centre for culture and experiences, as well as a famed pilgrimage centre.

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a world-class art museum where art, nature and architecture unite in a one-of-a-kind interaction. Here you can enjoy temporary exhibitions with prominent international artists in addition to a distinguished permanent collection.

The Maritime Museum of Denmark is a foremost example of the pioneering Danish architecture that is attracting attention worldwide. Bjarke Ingels Group designed the underground museum, which has won many international prizes and been affectionately described as ‘the most beautiful hole in the ground’.

Konventum is also called "Little Louisiana". It is North Sealand's largest conference centre but also represents Denmark's largest private art collection in an award-winning architecture, that blends beautifully into the landscape. The architects Karen and Ebbe Clemmensen and Jarl Heger designed Konventum, which was inaugurated in 1969.

Frederiksborg, Kronborg castle and Fredensborg palace are distinguished examples of historical and architectural heritage in North Sealand. Frederiksborg and Kronborg are built in Dutch Renaissance style, while Fredensborg is built in Baroque style.

Esrum Monastery was in the Middle Ages a large and powerful monastery, founded by the Cistercian order. After the Reformation, the monastery came under the crown, and most of the monastery was demolished. Esrum Kloster then led a changeable life as a royal hunting lodge, stud farm, county administration, etc After an extensive restoration and amalgamation with Esrum Møllegård, Esrum Kloster is today an exciting, modern  attraction. The building itself, which is only a tenth of the original monastery, is a fascinating relic from the 12th century.