From Copenhagen, the most convenient way to reach Fredensborg is to catch an S-train to Hillerød, and change to the Lille Nord train towards Fredensborg and Elsinore (Helsingør), which sees departures towards the city twice per hour most of the day. It is possible to use the same line from Elsinore. The trip from Copenhagen takes about an hour.
It is also possible to catch a bus from Humlebæk (Louisiana Art Museum, bus 844 and 733E, 25 minutes). From Nørreport station in central Copenhagen there is a rushhour express bus (06:00-09:00, 13:00-17:00), which completes the journey in 45 minutes (bus 173E)
If you have your own wheels take the Helsingørmotorvejen highway (E47 and E55) to exit 7 (Kokkedal), turn left, and follow Fredensborg Kongevej to the end.
For all practical purposes, use your two fine legs. It is a 1 kilometre walk through the nice town to the palace.
- 1 Fredensborg Palace, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. July 13:00-16:30 (only guided tours). Built in 1720–1726 and extended until 1770. The royal family lives there, so the castle is closed for the public except for July. The gardens are open to the public, however, and the castle is one of the most beautiful in Scandinavia. 50 kr.
- 2 Kunstgalleriet i Arresthuset (The Jailhouse Art Gallery), Tinghusvej 13, ☏ . Daily 11:00-15:00 except Thursdays. An art gallery fitted into the old court- and jailhouse from 1857 sometime in 2006. The house is well-preserved, and still houses much of the original equipment.
- 3 Local History Museum, Avderødvej 19, Kokkedal, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Feb-Oct: Tu–Su 13:00-16:00. Museum showing the local history of the area. It is in one of the first public schools in Denmark dating back to the 1720s. Here you can see an old class room and also art tiles. There is also a shop selling historic toys and books. Free.
- 1 Falconer Farm (Falkonergården), Davidsvænge 11 (2 km northeast of the centre of town first along Helsingørvej and then left on Davidsvænge), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Apr-May: Su and Easter 14:00; Jun: Sa Su 14:00; Jul: W 10:00, 17:00, Th 10:00, Sa Su 17:00; Aug: W Sa Su 17:00; Sep: Sa Su 14:00; Oct Sa Su 14:00 until autumn holidays, autumn holidays 15:00 daily; special arrangements also possible. Here you can watch falcons, hawks and eagles being trained in historical royal hunting grounds. 80 kr, children 5-12 60 kr.
- 1 Ciao, Chrst Boecksvej 1, ☏ . Quite cheap Italian restaurant, which is mainly a pizzeria (also take away), but also has antipasti, pasta and some fish and meat main dishes. Outdoor seating on the square when weather permits. Main dish 80 kr.
- 2 Den Fredelige Kinastue, Jernbanegade 19, ☏ . Chinese restaurant with few tables, except in summer when you can sit out as well.
- 3 Passage Caféen, Jernbanegade 11 (Peter Poulsens Passage), ☏ . Café during the day transforming into a restaurant in the evening. Danish cuisine.
There are not many high end restaurants in town. The best is the restaurant at the hotel Fredensborg Store Kro, see listing in the sleep section.
- 1 Cafe 13, Chrst Boecksvej 13. Bar with nice outdoor seatings.
- 2 Café Pingo, Jernbanegade 12. Bar and café often showing football.
- 1 Højsager Camping, Humlebækvej 31, ☏ . Open April-September. 60 kr each person.
- 2 Nyrup Camping, Kongevejen 383, Kvistgård, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 3 Fredensminde, Humlebækvej 30, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Bed & Breakfast. Doubles 350-450 kr, breakfast 60 kr.
- 4 Danhostel Fredensborg Vandrerhjem, Østrupvej 3. Youth and family hostel, open all year around. The hostel can provide rooms with toilet and bath. The hostel serve breakfast everyday. Doubles from 329 kr.
- 5 Fredensborg Store Kro, Slotsgade 6, ☏ . A Grand old hotel right by the castle, in both the best and worst sense of old - at its best it is elegant and timeless, but the rooms are starting to show its age, and could an update to modern times. The in house restaurant Anna Sophie, fares much better, and serves upscale food in a beautiful old room. 790-2300 kr.
A good one day itinerary, which we could call "a day in the Nordsjælland of the kings", if we were the local tourist organisation - but we're not - so let us just say that it involves the three grand palaces of the region; Take the S-train to Hillerød and see the Frederiksborg Palace and museum and go for a stroll in the nice barque gardens - retrace your steps to the station and jump on the train to Fredensborg to see the palace from the pretty park. Jump back on the same train (though unless you are superman, the same train 2 hours later), and continue the journey to Elsinore, do an L through the old town, pass the harbour and finish the castle viewing with Hamlet's Kronborg, and nice views over the sound and Sweden. Head back to station and take the Kystbanen Railway back to Copenhagen. If you have time to spare, you could stop by the fabulous Louisiana Art museum in Humlebæk on your way back.