The Royal North Zealand

Photo: Ann Jørgensen

In North Zealand, we have tree of Northern Europe’s most beautiful castles. This is where the kings demonstrated their power and wealth and showed everyone that Denmark was one of the most influential countries in the world. This is why we call it ROYAL NORTH ZEALAND.

© VisitNorthZealandPhoto: Ann Jørgensen
Esrum Monastery's red brick building is located at the end of a large grassy field.
© VisitNorthZealandPhoto: Tine Uffelmann

A Royal Refuge

North Zealand has served as a refuge for the Danish monarchs for hundreds of years. Here the royals would go hunting, relax and just enjoy themselves. It is clear to see this royal foundation when you visit Denmark's second largest national park, National Park Royal North Zealand, and the kings geometric hunting grounds, which have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

The royal roots are also clear to see in all of the grand castles in Hillerød, Fredensborg and Elsinore. Denmark's cultural heritage and its 500 years of history from the time of absolute power to its modern monarchy and democracy, truly comes to life when visiting the many castles of North Zealand. North Zealand is still considered a royal refuge today and remains a favourite summer residence of the Danish Royal Family. 

Experience the Middle Ages in North Zealand

The Carmelite monastery with the Sct. Mariæ church is one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries in Northern Europe. The monastery was founded in 1430 when King Erik of Pommern invited the Carmelite monks to Elsinore.

Esrum Abbey was founded by the Cistercian Order in 1151 and was of great importance as their spiritual centre in Denmark. Nowadays, Esrum Abbey is a cultural centre featuring various exhibitions, among other things. Æbelholt Monastery was founded around 1175 by Augustinian friars. Rumours about miracles at his grave spread far, and through the Middle Ages, ailing people poured into Æbelholt.