Welcome to Frederiksborg Castle. If you’re visiting Copenhagen (which you’ll soon see some posts about), you have to take a trip out of the city and visit this beauty. It’s a super simple commute, just grab the train for about forty minutes and then a little walk through the village of Hillerød (it took me so long to figure out how to do the ø). It was sunny when we went and the village was full of people eating ice-cream and smelling flowers – so picturesque and like something out of a romantic novel.
The castle was built as a royal home for King Christian IV. Since then it suffered a fire, as all old castles tend to do, and has been rebuilt/maintained and opened as a public museum and art gallery. What makes this place breathtaking to me is the detail on the walls and ceilings. Any kind of painted ceiling usually wows me as being able to focus and be so detailed whilst upside down deserves a medal. However, these ceilings are essentially 3D works of art. They are architecturally stunning with physical dimension, pattern and repetition. The Chapel features amazing gold leaf/flying babies and I couldn’t help but get a neck cramp from staring up too long. Each room you walk into it just gets more unbelievable, and the Great Hall is utterly insane. The chandelier is humongous and again the gilded ceiling is jaw-dropping. Once you’re done hustling around the inside, the gardens are equally lovely and well worth a half an hour wander. If the weather’s nice then go take a peak at this palace and enjoy some country/village moments.