Princess for a day - Palace Fredensborg Slot
Palace Fredensborg Slot is situated in the Northern part of Copenhagen and is still functioning as a summerhouse or rather a weekend cottage for the royal family. We decided to visit it with kids this summer, because they only have opening hours June-August and right before the end of the school holiday it was a perfect day to take a day trip over there.
When you arrive in Fredenborg, you would be surprised about provincial atmosphere and simple Danish suburb mood. The main street had only a few small shops, a couple of pizza places and a bakery.
As we arrived at the square of the palace, I loved the view. There are not so many people visiting the castle at this time of the year obviously, and we could easily sign up for a guided tour with kids. The only inconvenience is that you cannot take a baby carriage. My boy of 2 years has managed it fantastically after the bakery visit , but I doubt he could manage it if he was more hungry or tired, because the tour is 40 minutes inside the palace and 40 minutes outside.
You cannot help noticing small practical features that serve the family every day. For instance, the Queen keeps the bites for her dogs in the jar just near the fireplace. And the notes lay casually near the grand piano, where Prince plays the music.
The palace is used by the royal family, and they actually were in the palace while we were visiting, which makes the palace absolutely unique. The open it for public during visiting hours, and close it for privacy after it. This is also the reason why it is not aloud to film or take photographs inside the palace. One of the unique features here is to notice the inscriptions on the windows.
The guide took us through the doors. From one room to the other, I noticed that a couple of times the doors slammed in the background, and a formal voice called. The tour guide told that in a few minutes the chef will receive a delivery to the kitchen. And as we have been passing the hall with windows that are inscribed by prominent visitors of the palace, the uniform-clad people were moving quickly with the grocery boxes.
After the tour inside, we went out to meet our park guide. The park has relatively new, and even the trees After an introduction of the park, she took us to the kitchen garden premises and the orangery. The orangery is the newest addition to the Palace, and here you can buy the books, plants from the garden and Prince Henrik's wine from Château de Cayx.