If you do one day excursion from Copenhagen, make it Frederiksborg Castle. This is the largest palace in Scandinavia and is surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and a huge lake. It was the royal residence of King Christian IV and was built on the site of an earlier castle by Frederick II. There are four floors of renaissance & baroque rooms to explore, with Christian 4th's monogram visible everywhere. A highlight is The Great Hall, which has one of the most extravagantly carved ceilings you will ever see. You can get lost for hours checking out the fine detail. Different trades such as cannon makers, clock makers, people picking fruit, polar bears and other exotic animals. It is all there. The Kings audience chamber has an innovative trapdoor in the floor through which the King was raised and lowered into the room. There are also many huge paintings showing the coronations of former monarchs.
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