North Zealand is also called the Danish Riviera with many historical and cultural sights Summer holiday by beach Fredensborg Palace in North Zealand M/S Maritime Museum is a museum showing the Danish maritime history Every year you can enjoy special events at Kronborg

Explore North Zealand

There is a special spirit that tourists and visitors will experience when they visit North Zealand – also known as Copenhagen’s green front garden.

Zealand is the largest island in Denmark and home to the capital, Copenhagen. North Zealand refers to the northern part of the island.

In North Zealand, the Royal Danish families live some month every year. Danish kings were building castles for relaxation, holidays and nature activities of all kinds in this region.

See also: Top Royal attractions

Much recommend paying some of these castles and fantastic castle parks a visit. North Zealand countryside improves with beautiful open green landscapes, deep forests, large lakes, and coastal stretches with famous beaches.

Nearby Copenhagen

You will find North Zealand only half an hour from Copenhagen, and along the coastline, Northern Zealand offers some of Denmark's most exciting museums.

The museum Louisiana Modern Art, presenting incredible art from all over the world.

The Karen Blixen Museum is nearby, and here the world-famous writer lived.

She wrote many of her famous stories here, like "Out of Africa", a movie with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in the leading roles.

Home to Shakespeare's Hamlet

In the city Helsingør, you will find the elegant Renaissance Castle of Kronborg, known worldwide as home to Shakespeare's Hamlet. The castle became a member of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, and it is one of the most famous castles in Denmark.

See also: UNESCO sites in Denmark

Frederiksborg Castle

Another famous and popular castle attraction is the majestic Frederiksborg Palace in Hillerød. It was built on three islands that are connected by bridges. The park surrounding the Palace is a fantastic experience, especially in the summer.

Today Frederiksborg Palace houses The Museum of National History. It is an impressive Royal historical museum and a "must-see" attraction if you visit North Zealand.

Fredensborg Palace is the summer residence of the Danish Queen and her husband. The Danish Royal Guard is patrolling at the palace grounds, but you can get a sight from the castle outside, and the beautiful royal park is free for the public to experience.

See also: About the Nordic monarchies

Best beaches

The beaches on the Danish north coast is also named "The Riviera", and they are some of the best in Europe. Small holiday cities like Gilleleje, Liseleje and Tisvildeleje, just to name a few, are popular in the summer and are nice bathing destinations.

The areas have lots of activities, shops, restaurants and some of the best surfing spots in Northern Europe.

In fact, all these spots make North Zealand's reputation as Copenhagen green front garden' into an attractive holiday destination for travellers and tourists.

See more: Best beaches in Denmark