Take this 3-mile self-guided walking tour from Hillerød station to visit Frederiksborg Castle and gardens and to stop in the town center of Hillerød and shop before returning to the station. Or, skip some of the walk by taking the Frederiksborg Ferry along the lake from the ferry stop near the castle gardens to the town center area. Visiting Hillerød makes a nice day trip from Copenhagen. Just take the S-Train (Line E) from Copenhagen to Hillerød. The ride takes around 45 minutes, and it is free with the Copenhagen Card.
Follow along on the map below if you like. There is also an interactive version of the map on the website, www.walkli.com. Just search on Hillerød for this walk at the walkli website. Click on the audio bar at the end of this post is you would like to listen to an accompanying podcast for even more information about this trip.
Hillerød Station (Map Point A)
Begin at the station and walk on the street named Vibekevej in front of the station. Vibekevej will turn to the left and end at the street named Sondre Jernbanejev. Follow that road until you reach the town center and walk toward the lake. Then, turn left along the lake and walk with the lake to your right to reach the castle entrance.
Frederiksborg Castle (Map Point B)
King Frederik II, who was the king of both Denmark and Norway when he ruled in the 1500’s, gave his name to the first Frederiksborg Castle built on this site. His son, Christian IV, had the castle almost completely rebuilt as the Renaissance castle that you see today in 1600-1621. The castle sits on three islands in a lake, and part of the castle is built over the lake. Christian IV’s Frederiksborg Castle burned down in 1859, but it was rebuilt on the same plans and furnished as a museum on the initiative of the founder of the Carlsberg brewery in the late 1800’s.
Inside, the Danish National History Museum at Frederiksborg Castle illustrates the history of Denmark with a significant collection of portraits, history paintings, art and furniture from the last five centuries. Admission to the castle and the museum is 75 DKK (about $12) for adults, free with Copenhagen Card. There is a nice gift shop inside, too.
Fortunately, the ornate Chapel Wing did not burn down in the fire, and it is mostly original. Every year several concerts are held in the chapel, and on most Thursdays concerts are performed on the historic Compenius Organ from 1610. The chapel can be visited as part of the museum.
Neptune Fountain (Map Point C)
The Neptune Fountain, designed by Adrien de Vries, is considered by many to be the sculptural masterpiece of Frederiksborg Castle. The central figure, the god Neptune, symbolizes the Danish King Christian IV’s command of the waters of Denmark and Norway. The current fountain is a copy, made in 1888, of the original that was taken by Swedish troops for war reparations as part of the 1658 Treaty of Roskilde.
Spisestedet Leonora (Map Point D)
Spisestedet Leonora is a restaurant that is housed in a building that was originally built as a stable for the castle. It was built with the castle in the 1600s and has since been a county manor house, a garage and an inn. It opened as the restaurant in 2002. When the weather is nice, ask to sit outside on the large terrace. The reasonably priced menu includes salads, sandwiches, pork dishes, beer, wine and sodas. It is open for lunch daily until 3:30 pm.
Castle Gardens (Map Point E)
To the east of the castle, the Baroque Park with its waterfalls was created for King Frederick IV in the early 1720s. Its centerpiece is a fountain that sends water down the terraces to the lake below. After a time of neglect, it reopened and it is now considered to be Denmark’s most notable Baroque garden.
Frederiksborg Ferry (Map Point F)
The Frederiksborg Ferry sails in 2018 from May 12th through September 15th from 11 am until 5 pm, except for 1 pm until 5 pm on Sundays. Also, for the autumn holiday, from October 13th – 21st, the ferry sails from noon until 4 pm. The round trip lasts half an hour and costs 30 DKK for an adult ticket (about $5 US), cash only. The trip is free with the Copenhagen Card. If the flags are not flying at the docks, the ferry is no longer sailing for the day due to weather or time.
Ferry Website: http://partrederiet.dk/english%201.html
Hillerød Town Center (Map Point G)
A statue of Frederick VII stands in the main town square of Hillerød, with his back to the lake and the castle where he lived for a short while. Frederick VII was King of Denmark from 1848 to 1863. He was the last king to rule as an absolute monarch. He established the Danish parliament and made the country into a constitutional monarchy. His motto was, “The people’s love, my strength.” There is a ferry stop here at the small plaza. There is also a restaurant, a pub, and a small ice cream shop. It is a nice place to sit and gaze across the lake at the castle.
SlotsArkaderne Shopping Center (Map Point H)
Walk away from the water and turn right at the first street, Slotsgade. Turn left onto Frederiksgade and right onto Frederiks Torv where you will see the shopping center. The center is adapted from older buildings and includes about 60 shops and a grocery store. Shops include an H & M fashion store, coffee shops, and a burger café. The shopping center offers free Wi-Fi.
To return to the train station, walk away from the castle on Nordstensvej, which will become Hostrupsvej. Stay on the road when it becomes Sondre Jernbanejev as it merges from a divided road to a two-way road. Take the first left after the merge to stay on Sondre Jernbanejev to reach the station.
Consider buying the Copenhagen Card. Not only can it save money, but it makes transportation easier, too. You only have to show your validated card for metro, bus and subway travel. It includes admission to Tivoli Gardens and free or reduced options for more than 75 other attractions and museums, including Frederiksborg Castle. The current cost of the Copenhagen Card for adults is 53 Euros for 24 hours. Additional days can be added at a lower per-day price. See the Copenhagen Card website for details: www.copenhagencard.com.
For more about Copenhagen, check out my earlier post and podcast, Copenhagen: 11 Highlights with Walking Tour.
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