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Hillerød

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Nestled between majestic beech forests, at the northern end of the s-train line from Copenhagen, Hillerød [29] is the main regional centre and transport hub of North Zealand. For visitors, this small city of some 30.000 inhabitants is above all known for its large impressive renaissance castle.

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Frederiksborg castle

Ever since the first railway reached the city in 1864, Hillerød has been the main transportation hub of the region. Since then a number of small railways has been build to connect the city with nearly all the towns of North Zealand, and the railway station is filled to the brim with commuters during rush hour peaks.

By train[edit]

  • Copenhagen Hillerød station is the north end of the S-train system Line A that runs between Køge and Hillerød through central Copenhagen. Leaves every 10 minutes during weekdays, and every 20 minutes in the evening and on weekends. Journey time is about 40 minutes between Hillerød and Copenhagen central station.
Location of Hillerød

By bus[edit]

Almost all cities north of Hillerød are served by buses from the train station, below are some of the more useful lines for tourists.

  • Roskilde Line 600S [30] runs between Hillerød and Hundige via Roskilde, for access to the world heritage site Roskilde Cathedral, and the Viking Ship museum
  • Frederikssund Lines 325 [31] and 307 [32] leaves about every hour on weekdays to Frederikssund by Roskilde Fjord.
  • Rungsted Lines 382E [33] Runs on the highway between Hillerød and Rungsted station near Øresund, on the kystbanen line, the Louisiana art museum is two stops on Kystbanen from Rungsted.

Get around[edit]

From the station follow the signs down Vibekevej to the city.

There is a small ferry that goes between the castle and the main square, DKK 25.

See[edit][add listing]

ferry
Frederiksborg Castle, Knights Hall
castle church

Frederiksborg Castle[edit]

(15 minutes walk, from the station follow the signs down Vibekevej, or use bus 301 or 302 (they both go in two opposite directions from the station, so ask if it goes to the castle)), +45 4826 0439, (), [1]. Mid Mar-Oct: 10-17, Nov-Mar:11-15. 60 Kr. Build by Frederik II in 1560. Inside you can see the church, the halls, displays of old paintings. On the third floor is the modern collection with portraits and painting from 20th century Danish history.

  • The Baroque Garden, [2]. Do not miss the Baroque gardens started in 1720.  edit

For a day of castles, you can combine this with a visit to Fredensborg castle and Kronborg castle in Elsinore, by catching the small private railway that runs between Hillerød and Helsingør which also stops in Fredensborg on the way. If you're visiting from Copenhagen, it is possible to return from Elsinore by the Kystbanen' railway.

Hillerød Folk Museums[edit]

  • Bymuseet (Town Museum), Helsingørgade 65, +45 4826 4379. May-Oct Tu-S 11AM-4PM. Museum of local history for the last 600 years. 15 Kr, children below 18 free.  edit
  • Frederiksgade, Frederiksgade 11, +45 48 24 34 48. Tu-Su 11-16. In the old electric plant from the turn of the 20th century the museum administration has set up a nice temporary exhibition space with changing, but long-term, exhibitions, mainly themed around local history. Free/Varies.  edit
  • Husmandsstedet, Sophienborg Allé 9. A mini open-air museum which is mainly used in live history mediation for local schools. Its not meant to be a public museum but if you're really interested call the museum at +45 48 24 34 48 to organize a tour  edit
  • Æbelholt Kloster museum (Æbelholt Abbey Museum), Æbeltholt 4, +45 4824 3448. May - Oct: 11 - 16 (Monday closed).. The ruins of the largest medieval Augustinian abbey in the Nordic countries. The small museum on the grounds, has exhibitions about the medical history of the Augustinian order, including a garden with medical herbs, and some 300 skeletons on display! Once every year there is a middle age themed market day held, at the grounds around mid June.  edit

Other attractions[edit]

  • Annaborg, Frederiksværksgade 2A, +45 48 26 33 29, [3]. Th-Su noon-16. Exhibition space in a beautiful neoclassical building from 1783, part of the building is occupied by the local Art Society which holds changing art exhibits and vernissages througout the year. Free. (55.935086,12.29658) edit
  • Galleri Malling Beck, Hammersholt Byvej 21B, +45 4826 9991 (), [4]. Sa-Su 1PM-4PM or appointment. Art gallery primarily exhibiting local painters.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Adventure Park, Milnersvej 37 (behind 'Frederiksborg hallen'), +45 6088 7766, [5]. This group has turned a 80,000 sq m area on the outskirts of Hillerød, into a fun adventure park, with a 1 km mountain bike track, numerous paintball scenarios, obstacle courses, tree climbing etc. Mainly caters to groups.  edit
  • Hillerød Golf Klub, Nysøgårdsvej 9, Ny Hammersholt, +45 4826 5046 (, fax: +45 4825 2987), [6].  edit
  • BioCity Hillerød, Ndr. Jernbanevej 8-10, 7013 1211, [7]. Cinema. Before 6PM 70-80 Kr, from 6PM 80-90 Kr.  edit
  • Café Slotsbio, Frederiksværksgade 11C, +45 4826 0564, [8]. Su-Th 7:30PM, F-Sa 7PM. Historical cinema run by volunteers.  edit
  • Hillerød Svømmehal (Swimming Pool), Milnersvej 39, +45 48 25 12 35, [9]. M 13-19,W 9-23,Th 14-19,F 13-19,Sa-Su 10-17. Indoor swimmingpool with a 50 meter pool, 3 waterslides and springboards. Also have Reflexology and Massage avilable if you prebook. 35 Kr. (55.920940,12.301345) edit
  • Klaverfabrikken, Fredensvej 12A, +45 48 26 74 57, [10].  edit
  • Støberihallen, Nordstensvej 1, +45 72 32 32 72, [11]. A cultural venue with treater performances and concerts and small art exhibitions in an old iron foundry. Price varies..  edit


Buy[edit][add listing]

There are many options for souvenirs near the castle.

  • Sweater House, Slangerupgade 1 (close to the castle), ''+45'' 48255125 (, fax: ""''+45''), [12]. An impressive selection of woollen sweaters  edit
  • Slotsarkaderne, [13]. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-4PM, first Su every month 11AM-4PM. Shopping center with more than 50 shops. Awarded North Zealand's most beautiful shopping centre a few years back.  edit
  • Rowdy Radios, [14]. M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-4PM. Custom built radios with funky designs. They make excellent gifts and are relatively cheap for Denmark.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Café Vivaldi, Helsingørsgade 2. Large café next to the main square. Has a pavillion in the square as well which is open in the summer months  edit
  • Babylon Café & Steakhouse, Slotsgade 59, +45 4824 5350, [15]. Turkish and Greek cuisine Buffet 99 Kr, three course menu 199 Kr.  edit
  • Jensens Bøfhus, Slotsgade 67, [16]. Steakhouse chain close to the castle  edit
  • Rib House, [17]. Steakhouse that offers various grilled meats.  edit


  • Spisestedet Leonora, Frederiksborg Slot, Møntportvejen 2 (at the castle), ''+45'' 48267516 (), [18]. Summer 10AM-5PM, winter 11AM-4PM. Good lunch in a historical setting on the castle grounds, next to the lake. from 60 Kr.  edit
  • Mandarin Restaurant, Slangerupgade 3 (Close to the castle, on the road leading away from the main castle entrance), [19].  edit
  • Café Hyggestedet (The Cosy Place Café), Slangerupgade 2 (ca. 100 meters from the castle), 45+60931125, [20]. 10.00 - 18.00. This is a tea/coffee salón where you can enjoy warm drinks with a baked product of your choice. If you are in need of something more substantial, there's grilled ham & cheese sandwich. reasonable.  edit
  • Thai 4 You, [21]. Good thai restaurant. Offers a varied beer selection.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

There are pubs spread around the city, but the night life is generally centered around the main square. Except for the more traditional pubs, many of the places don't last for more than a couple of years, so this information may be outdated.

In the main square[edit]

  • Skänk, Torvet 7. Small, cosy beer, wine and tapas bar. Placed right on the censtral square with a good view of the lake as well as a courtyard with tables. Usually plays quiet music.  edit
  • Old Irish Pub, Torvet 6, [22]. Part of a large chain of bars, this place is not very authentic, but very popular. On weekdays it's not a very crowded place, but on weekend nights it more or less serves as a discotheque  edit
  • Crane Brothers, Torvet 1, [23]. Cocktail bar.  edit

Various bars[edit]

  • Jernstangen, Nordre Jernbanevej 44. Traditional Danish bar located right across the street from the train station. Sometimes has live music. Smoking permitted.  edit
  • Café Rosen, Søndre Jernbanevej 16 (Walk along Vibekevej from the station and continue along the alley). Traditional Danish bar located close to the center, near the court house. Smoking permitted.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hillerød Camping, Blytækkervej 18 (Buses 701 or 702 to the 'Frederiksgade' stop follow it, and turn down 'Åmosevej'), 4826 4854, [24]. Camping grounds located quite close to the city center, also has small spartan cabins 7 sq m or 14 sq m with room for 2 to 4 people. 70 DKK for tent, or 270 for a small cabin.  edit
  • Danhostel Hillerød (Hillerød Vandrehjem), Lejrskolevej 4 (Buses 701 & 702 to the 'Folevang' stop), +45 4826 9786 (), [25]. checkin: 10AM-8PM; checkout: 10AM. A large hostel in the forest on the outskirts of Hillerød, has bikes for hire. 160 DKK for dorm (only in summer) Rooms from 325 w/o bath.  edit
  • Sov Dejligt, Fredensvej 12, +45 40 81 19 08, [26]. Bed and breakfast. 350-1200 Kr.  edit
  • Hammersholt B&B, Hammersholt Byvej 28 (http://map.krak.dk/m/aQxlK), +45 22 57 45 77, [27]. Cozy and comfortable bed and breakfast in natural surroundings. 400 kr..  edit
  • Hotel Hillerød, Milnersvej 41 (turn left after you exit the station, continue across the Intersection down Milnersvej), +45 4824 0874, [28]. The city's only proper hotel, there is a quite good restaurant in the basement. From 1010 DKK for a single.  edit

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