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Copenhagen: Roskilde, Frederiksborg & Kronborg Day Tour

1. Copenhagen: Roskilde, Frederiksborg & Kronborg Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic sightseeing tour of North Sealand on an 8.5-hour excursion from Copenhagen, and visit the royal monuments of Kronborg Castle and Frederiksborg Castle and the World Heritage site of Roskilde Cathedral. Ideal for those who want to explore further than the city center to see as much as possible of historic Denmark, but are short of time, you will travel in a small group for a more personalized experience. The tour includes time to explore the imposing exteriors and interiors of Frederiksborg and Kronborg castles, the latter set on the banks of the Sund between Denmark and Sweden, and most notable as the site of Elsinore in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Soak up the romantic setting of Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, surrounded by a beautiful lake and gardens. The guide will take you to Roskilde to visit Roskilde Cathedral, the burial site of 39 Danish kings and queens, including Ingrid of Sweden, spouse of Denmark’s Frederick IX, father of the current Queen Margrethe II. The last stop on your tour will be the Viking Ship Museum to see rebuilt models and excavated ships from the days when the Vikings rampaged their way - and conquered - much of Western Europe and the North Atlantic. Please note, that between November and March and most of April, the tour does not include a visit to the Cathedral's interior but rather a walk around the impressive structure and an introduction to the Cathedral's place in history.

Copenhagen: National Museum of Denmark Entry Ticket

2. Copenhagen: National Museum of Denmark Entry Ticket

Explore 14,000 years of Danish history with this ticket to the National Museum of Denmark. Learn about reindeer-hunters from the Ice Age, Vikings, and admire works of religious art from the Middle Ages, and uncover the secrets of the Vikings in the era of the raids. Experience the treasures that Vikings brought back from distant shores. Join the legendary fleet of Captain Bjorn Ironside as he embarks on a journey to the Mediterranean with a thrilling cinematic experience. Hear the stories of the people who stayed in Denmark during the Viking raids and find out about what everyday life was like for the Vikings. See reconstructions of an actual Viking man and woman. See the remains of the people who lost their lives during tribal wars in the Stone Age. View the remains a woman who survived a blow from a stone axe and covered her mutilated head with a hat. Visit the girl of Egtved, who lived during the Bronze Age when Danes worshiped the sun and engaged in early international trade. See the testimonies of the greatest triumphs and tragedies in history, both within Denmark and in the rest of the world. The National Museum showcases and documents the world's intangible cultural heritage; the cultural treasures that have been discovered in the Danish soil as well as those which adventurers have brought back home from expeditions to the most distant parts of the world. Find exhibits for both young and old with the Children's Museum and interactive buttons that enable animals to talk, mummies to mysteriously move, and exhibitions to catch fire out of the blue.

Castles: Kronborg (Hamlet) & Frederiksborg

3. Castles: Kronborg (Hamlet) & Frederiksborg

Frederiksborg and Hamlet´s castles are situated in the north of Zealand, around 40 kms away from Copenhagen. You will visit the castle where Hamlet took place and Federico II held the most the well-known parties during the 16th century in the north of Europe and the castle that Christian IV converted into the most astonishing Renaissance castle. Today you will be picked up at your hotel at 9 am. Then you will be driven to Hamlet´s Castle, where you will learn everything about the Sound Dues, Hamlet, Holger Danske and where the most pompous parties used to take place. After Kronborg, you will have the opportunity to admire the great Renaissance castle, Frederiksborg, its beauty and its Baroque gardens. Here you will learn about the magnificence of this castle built as a hunting castle and converted in a National Museum during the 19th century. After this wonderful day full of stories about Danish history, you will end the tour at your hotel.

Copenhagen: Danish War Museum Entry Ticket

4. Copenhagen: Danish War Museum Entry Ticket

Take a walk through the Danish War Museum and step back in time as you explore exhibitions that cover Danish war history from the 1500s until present day with the War in Afghanistan. The war museum is located in the historic “Tøjhus” – Arsenal building, built by Christian the 4. in 1604 and functioned as an armory. See the shining armor of 15th-century Danish knights. Learn about the 17th-century war with the Swedes and the 19th-century conflict with the English. Sit back in a hammock and listen to Danish stories from the seven seas. Discover how World War II and the Cold War affected the country. Uncover Denmark's role in 21st-century conflicts. Experience life as a deployed soldier as you step into Danish military camps from Afghanistan. Stay alert in the watch tower, and climb into an actual PMV hit by a roadside bomb while you hear the choppers above you. The exhibition depicts a Danish camp as realistically as possible. At the Museum you can see: a ship model made of bones a 150-year-old biscuit a military car that ran over a roadside bomb in Afghanistan - but everyone survived! the world’s only complete example of a uniform from the American Civil War

Copenhagen: 3-Hour City Tour with Rosenborg Castle Ticket

5. Copenhagen: 3-Hour City Tour with Rosenborg Castle Ticket

Rosenborg Castle is a Renaissance castle located in Copenhagen. The castle was originally built as a country summerhouse in 1606 and is an example of Christian IV's many architectural projects. It was built in the Dutch Renaissance style, typical of Danish buildings during this period, and has been expanded several times, finally evolving into its present condition by the year 1624. Architects Bertel Lange and Hans van Steenwinckel the Younger are associated with the structural planning of the castle. Today, the glory of the past can be experienced through the impressive possessions of Christians IV and his descendants. On this private tour of around two to three houts, you will be introduced to Danish history and culture during your visit the 400-year-old Rosenborg Castle. See the the dazzling crown jewels and enjoy the vistas of the lush parkland with a private tour guide. Explore the secrets of the castle and learn about the fascinating history.

From Copenhagen: Private 4-Hour Frederiksborg Castle Tour

6. From Copenhagen: Private 4-Hour Frederiksborg Castle Tour

On this private tour to Frederiksborg Castle, your guide is at hand to answer all your questions. A professional guide will make sure that you get a perfect personal overview over this true heart of Danish royal history.  Meet your guide in late morning at Copenhagen Central Station and travel approximately 40 minutes to Frederiksborg Castle. Enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the castle lake, as well as the path up to the palace itself, before entering one of the most important art collections of Renaissance-period Denmark. It had humble roots and started as a little hunting mansion under Frederik II in the late 1500s. After a huge fire, it was resurrected and housed the most important art collection of the world’s oldest monarchy at the start of the 1900s. This timeless castle impresses with its beautiful layout and artwork.

Copenhagen City & Christiansborg Palace Private Walking Tour

7. Copenhagen City & Christiansborg Palace Private Walking Tour

Visit one of the most impressive monuments in Copenhagen on a private half-day walking tour of the city center. Look behind the scenes of the seat of the Danish Parliament and discover the hidden grandeur of Christiansborg Palace on a guided tour of the historical monument. Then, explore the streets of the city to get to know the locals. Experience first-hand why the Danish are known as the happiest people in the world and their capital city is acclaimed for its high quality of life.  See the colorful houses of the 17th-century waterfront Nyhavn district. Discover where the author of The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen lived, and go to pretty Grey Friars Square (Gråbrødretorv) to look at the pastel-colored buildings.

Exclusive Castle Tours of Hamlet's Kronborg & Frederiksborg

8. Exclusive Castle Tours of Hamlet's Kronborg & Frederiksborg

Explore the fascinating Kronborg Castle with a private guide. This world heritage site was Frederik II’s fortress, Christian IV’s home and the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Then head to Frederiksborg for a tour of this stunning sight. Take an unforgettable trip to one of the most breathtaking castles you ever will see. From the great sea view from the cannon tower and the mighty ballrooms of the royal chambers and their tapestries, to the murky dungeons with Viking legends, Kronborg Castle lives up to its reputation. Learn about the Danish notion of ‘coziness’ while exploring the sleepy village of Elsinor and be introduced to you all facets of the Danish lifestyle. Then travel to Frederiksborg Castle. Enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the castle lake, as well as the path up to the palace itself, before entering one of the most important art collections of Renaissance-period Denmark. It had humble roots and started as a little hunting mansion under Frederik IV in the late 1500s. After a huge fire, it was resurrected and housed the most important art collection of the world’s oldest monarchy at the start of the 1900s. This timeless castle impresses with its beautiful layout and artwork.

From Copenhagen: 4-hour Private Hamlet Castle Tour

9. From Copenhagen: 4-hour Private Hamlet Castle Tour

Explore the fascinating Kronborg Castle with a private guide. This world heritage site was Frederik II’s fortress, Christian IV’s home and the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Take an unforgettable trip to one of the most breathtaking castles you ever will see. From the great sea view from the cannon tower and the mighty ballrooms of the royal chambers and their tapestries, to the murky dungeons with Viking legends, the castle lives up to its reputation. Learn about the Danish notion of ‘coziness’ while exploring the sleepy village of Elsinor and be introduced to you all facets of the Danish lifestyle.

Copenhagen: Small-Group Roskilde Day Trip

10. Copenhagen: Small-Group Roskilde Day Trip

You will meet your guide at Copenhagen Central Station. From there you guide will assist you in buying a ticket for the train. You will then travel to the town of Roskilde, where once you have arrived your guide will take you to the Viking Ship Museum. There you will learn about the vikings´ ability to build ships, an will also gain insight into their everyday lives. Once you have finished exploring the Viking Ship Museum, you will walk towards Roskilde Cathedral where you will learn about some of the kings and queens who are buried there. At the conclusion of your Roskile experience, you will be return to Copenhagen by train.

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Wonderful day trip to see all you need in Denmark. We traveled in a comfortable mini bus with very knowledgable guide (Nick), who made this day pleasant and relaxed, despite the busy schedule. It was both educational and fun, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to see the highlights of Denmark outside Copenhagen. Great value for money, all entry tickets and transport included. Very helpful and nice guide that offered us an excellent service with a big smile.

The guide was very friendly and excellent at explaining Denmark's history. He made pleasant conversations with all of us and made sure we were all comfortable. I really enjoyed myself and found it very easy to absorb what he was telling us, so I learned a lot from this experience. It was an amazing introduction to Denmark. Thank you

This day trip around Copenhagen is well organized and thought thought. the driver Benji was excellent - just the right balance between getting enough interesting information and not feeling overwhelmed. Highly recommended!

This was an incredible tour! We learned so much and it was a great way to do a lot in one day!

Very fun and informative tour, Benji or tour guy knows a lot and is funny