Throughout history North Zealand has been a sanctuary and playground for Danish kings because of the areas beautiful nature and green areas. The areas were given over to creativity, well-being, nature and leisure, where kings could relax and enjoy life. It is this special spirit that tourists and visitors will experience, when they visit North Zealand – also known as Copenhagen’s green front garden
The area, which is a half-to an hour’s drive from Copenhagen, has many offerings. One of the most visited attractions is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. With more than 3.000 works of art the museum’s permanent collection is among Scandinavia's biggest and the museum often has special exhibitions.
Close to Louisiana is also the Karen Blixen Museum in Rungstedslund where the world-known writer wrote many of her famous stories, one of them being ‘Out Of Africa’.
Kronborg Castle, in North Zealands biggest city Helsingør, is an elegant Renaissance castle and known around the world as home to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The castle became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000 and it is one of the most famous castles in Denmark. The castle houses the statue of the major Danish hero Holger Danske (Ogier the Dane). According to the legend, Holger Danske will go into battle for Denmark if the country someday becomes threatened. Kronborg is also located on the place were Denmark is closest to Sweden - only 4 kilometers of water divides the two countries.
From an old to a brand new tourist attraction: Helsingør’s new landmark HAN (In English: ‘HE’) is a must-see if you are visiting Helsingør. HAN was unveiled for the first time in June 2012 and is a male version of The Little Mermaid.
Another popular attraction worth visiting is the majestic Frederiksborg Palace in Hillerød. It is built on three islands that are connected by bridges and the castle is still used as a royal residence.
North Zealand is more than beautiful castles though. ‘The Danish north coast Riviera’ has more than 100 kilometer beaches - some of the best in Europe - and the area houses thousands of holiday homes.
The smaller towns on the north coasts like Gilleleje, Liseleje and Tisvildeleje just to name a few, are popular summer and bathing destinations. The areas have lots of activities, shops, eateries and some of the best surfing sports in Northern Europe.
Especially at summertime various museums, adventure attractions and eateries offer a wide range of events by representing the best of the North Zealand’s cultural life, making the ‘Copenhagen green front garden’ into an attractive holiday destination for travelers and tourists.
For more information, go to North Zealand's website.
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