Fredericksborg Castle

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Monday, September 3, 2007

Today I went to the suburb of Hillerod to see Fredericksborg Castle.  Basically none of the castle is original.  Thanks to the overabundance and use of wood, things tend to burn down a lot in Denmark and this castle did back in the 1700s (?).  Luckily, someone had made sketches of the entire castle the year convenient.  Of course, the royalty wasn't interested in the castle anymore, but one of the Carlsbergs (ya know, the beer) decided to rebuild it in exact replica and turn it into a museum about the history of Denmark.

Overall, I was less impressed with this tour than Elsinore the day before but I think a lot of that had to do with getting the lesser of the two tour guides.  She wasn't comfortable speaking English (though she did rather well) and resorted to reciting vague facts about each room from an index card.  The other half of the group got a much more informative guy.

We also didn't get a lot of time to explore, so maybe I will go back later.  We ran quickly through the baroque gardens which had hedge mazes and one thing of hedges turned into crowns and symbols of the monarchy. 

Inside the castle, it was much more lavishly decorated than Elsinore, since Elsinore was also used as army headquarters.  The church was also awesome as well as being the only intact part from the fire.

The rest of the castle has lots of historical furniture and LOTS of portraits as it is, in fact, the national portrait gallery of Denmark.

As I said in the last entry, Copenhagen has been "celebrating" the 200th anniversary of the destruction of their city by the British.  The museum was having a special exhibition for this event and we happened to be there on exactly the 200th anniversary.  I didn't see much of the exhibition but I'm pretty sure I saw the most awesome part.

That is someone's prosthetic arm.  Basically, during the seige one of the military guys needed his arm amputated.  He was so badass that he refused to have any anesthesia when they chopped off his arm and the king personally gave him this prosthetic arm.  All the other guys, the ones who wanted all the drugs, usually had to settle for a hook instead of a fancily made wooden hand.  And now...his badassness is preserved forever in a museum.

Check out the photo album for more pictures.
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