In the footsteps of Kings and Queens

If you are fascinated with history, tradition, and all things royal, Copenhagen is the place for you! Dating back to the Viking Age, the Danish monarchy is one of the oldest in the world, and continues to be an enormously popular institution in Denmark. Fun fact: Did you know that the reigning Queen Margrethe’s favourite children’s books are A.A. Milne’s stories about the honey-loving bear Winnie the Pooh?
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

King for a day
Who doesn’t dream of indulging that childhood fantasy of ruling like royalty for a couple of hours? At Frederiksborg Castle, located in the north of Copenhagen, you can get a sense of what it felt like to preside over the land back in the day. Frederiksborg Castle is a stunning Renaissance castle built in the beginning of the 17th century. The castle’s audience chamber – recently restored to its former 17th century glory – will transport you back to the reign of King Christian V and a time of absolute monarchy, noble privileges, and royal splendour. Also housing the Museum of National History, the castle is well worth a visit – also, be sure to schedule enough time to explore the picturesque castle gardens!

Majestic workout
Seen with contemporary eyes, hunting par force can seem like an incredibly brutal form of hunting. In the 17th and 18th centuries, however, it was considered a noble exercise fit only for the Danish king and his court. Hunting par force meant chasing the deer down with a pack of dogs until it reached the point of exhaustion, after which the animal was killed. Inspired by a visit to France’s Sun King, Louis XIV, Crown Prince (and soon-to-be King) Christian set up his own par force hunting landscape in North Zealand. At the Danish Museum for Hunting and Forestry, you can explore the exhibition The King’s
Forest – The World’s Heritage, which is a great starting point for exploring the beautiful cultural landscape on your own. The landscape was recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List!

Sweet surrender
Having been passed down through an impressive six generations, La Glace is the oldest patisserie in Denmark – and certainly one of the best! Offering a wide range of delicious layer cakes and pastries, La
Glace is an indulgent retreat in the heart of Copenhagen, and is guaranteed to make you feel like a princess. Established in 1870, the patisserie recently opened the doors to its renovated and expanded shop with much of the original furniture, creating the perfect historic setting for a well-deserved break from sightseeing.

Reign supreme
If you’ve always felt that being queen was your true calling, now is your chance to get a taste of official queenly duties! Christiansborg Palace, which houses the Danish Parliament and Supreme Court, was
actually the principal residence of the Danish monarch up until 1794. In fact, parts of the palace are still used by the Royal Family today – namely the Royal Reception Rooms, the Palace Chapel and the
Royal Stables. In the north wing of the palace, you’ll find the magnificent Royal Reception Rooms, used by the Royal Family for official dinners and banquets. The rooms include the Great Hall and the Throne Room, which also gives access to the balcony on which the Danish monarchs are publicly proclaimed kings or queens. Step out onto the balcony and imagine greeting the crowd!

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