Fredensborg Castle – Palace of Peace (History & Travel Tips)

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The stunning Fredensborg Palace, also known as the “Palace of Peace”, is a sight to behold. Situated in the town of Fredensborg, on the island of Zealand in Denmark, it remains the Danish Royal Family’s most used residence during the spring and autumn seasons. 

Boasting magnificent lawns and grand gardens outside, with gorgeous ornamental decorative pieces inside that, have drawn comparisons to France’s Palace of Versailles–this palace is a must-see! Tourists from all over the world travel to this historical landmark, to see the sights and to take in the centuries-old atmosphere. If you are interested in going to the palace read on for our helpful tips and tricks.

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage was awarded to the Fredensborg Palace in 2021, for their magnificent Baroque-style gardens.

The view of Fredensborg Castle from afar.
The view of Fredensborg Castle from afar. Guillaume Baviere from Copenhagen, Denmark, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Early History

This immaculately maintained Baroque-style palace is situated in the town of Fredensborg, on the eastern edge of Lake Esram on the island of Zealand, which is approximately 19 miles north of Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark.

King Frederick IV commissioned the construction of the site in the early 18th century. It was to be a country residence for the Danish Royal Family and to be utilized during the hunting season. The King wanted the palace to be built at the precise centre point at which all the intersecting, straight paths of a game hunting park converged. This was known as a “hunting star”, or in Danish a “jagtstjerne”. The architect, Johan Corenelius Krieger, was employed for the project, along with General Building Master Johan Conrad Ernst.

Fredensborg Castle, Denmark–photographed between 1896 and 1912.
Fredensborg Castle, Denmark–photographed between 1896 and 1912. Peter Alstrup, Luxuspapirfabrik, Frederica, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Construction started in 1720. The architect chose to design the palace in the opulent and decorative French-inspired Baroque style, popular in Europe during that period. Between 1724 and 1726, features of the Dutch Baroque and Rococo (both Late Baroque architectural styles) were also incorporated into the palace complex.

The palace building was petite and square-like in shape, with a dome measuring 49 feet in area and 89 feet tall. A hexagonal courtyard leading from the palace was enveloped by the single-story servants’ quarters, known as the “Red Wing”. A palace church was also built along with several other buildings. Beautiful palace gardens were cultivated. The palace complex continued to be extended throughout the 18th century.

Painting of Fredensborg Palace in 1867.
Painting of Fredensborg Palace in 1867. Alexey Bogolyubov, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A key structural change was made between 1741-1744 when the main palace building’s slanted roof was removed and replaced with an elevated flat roof. The architect who designed this change, Lauritz de Thurah, is believed to have been the King’s preferred architect. 

Current Times

Today, the palace remains the Danish Royal Family’s most used residence in the autumn and spring. It is used by the Royal Family to host various state events and as well as important state guests.

The courtyard at Fredensborg Palace.
The courtyard at Fredensborg Palace. Freepenguin, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The palace and private gardens are open to the public for guided tours only from July 1st to August 7th each year. The public gardens are open for visitors all year round. The palace has been exceptionally well preserved over the centuries and the structures, as well as the extensive gardens, are immaculate. It is truly a picturesque and charming palace to visit in Denmark

Interesting Fredensborg Castle Facts

members of the Danish Royal Family at Fredensborg Palace during autumn and spring.

  • The vast, lush gardens of the palace are one of the largest of the historical parks and gardens in Denmark.
  • The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage was awarded to the Fredensborg Palace in 2021, for their magnificent Baroque-style gardens.

Visiting Fredensborg Castle – Tips and Tricks

Are you ready to start planning a trip to tour Fredensborg Palace? Here are some tips which can make your planning easier!

A photo of a guard at Fredensborg Castle.
A photo of a guard at Fredensborg Castle. Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

How to get to Fredensborg Castle?

There are flights into Copenhagen’s main international airport – Kastrup Airport – most days of the week. This is the airport to fly to as it is closest to the town of Fredensborg.

Rent a car at the airport – then drive to the palace is around 40-50 minutes, roughly between 25-30 miles distance and around 65.00 DKK ($10 USD) for fuel.

By train, the trip takes approximately one hour and twenty-four minutes, at 65.00 DKK ($10 USD). There is a station at Kokkedal Street, near Fredensborg. From here the bus takes around 25 minutes to get to the palace. From the bus drop-off point, the palace complex entrance is less than half a mile by foot.

You can travel by bus all the way in two hours and forty-two minutes at a cost of 65.00 DKK ($10 USD).

Ticket Prices, Visiting Hours & Travel Tips

Ticket prices are around 98.00-130.00 DKK ($15-$20 USD) for adults. Children from ages 6-17 years will pay around 65.00-98.00 DKK ($10-$15 USD). The tour is free for children 5 years old and under. There are guided tours available every 15 minutes between July 1st and August 7th, during the opening hours of 11am – 3pm. Group tours are around 2477.00 DKK ($380 USD) for groups up to 25 members. 

The public gardens are accessible all year round, without a tour guide. The palace complex is wheelchair accessible, however, the Castle Chapel and the Great Hall are not wheelchair accessible.

Baroque garden at Fredensborg Palace.
Baroque garden at Fredensborg Palace. JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

How Long Will It Take to Tour Around?

The guided tour inside the palace takes around 45 minutes, followed by a guided tour of the private gardens and orangery which takes another 45 minutes. You may take your time strolling through the public gardens at your own pace–overall, plan on 2-3 hours for your visit.

Some words of advice and tips: 

  • Be sure to check whether the castle is open to the public on the date/s you wish to visit.
  • Dress appropriately as part of your visit will be outdoors.
  • COVID: Check for any regulations, opening hours, and restrictions on the official Fredensborg Castle website, as rules have been changed and adapted several times since the pandemic started.

Quick Video Tour of The Main Fredensborg Castle Areas

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