Explore the most captivating architectural splendours that span the Nordic countries through Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. These monuments are sure to leave you feeling intrigued and full of wonder, from stunning castles and palaces to adoring cathedrals and churches. If we had to narrow it down, these are our top choices.
A historic building, Amalienborg Palace, is home to the Danish royal family. Get a taste of royalty among the magnificent rooms of the palace, such as the Gala Hall. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the iconic changing of the guards from the palace square. During this exciting ceremony, the guards march from their barracks and through the streets of Copenhagen. Spot the different flags that indicate which royals and their friends are in residence at any given time. In the palace museum, gain incredible insight into the royal family’s past and present life.
Roskilde Domkirke Cathedral
An early Gothic cathedral made from bricks, the Roskilde Cathedral is a gorgeous sight. This cathedral continues to serve as the royal burial church of the Danish monarchs as it has since the 15th century. For that reason, it has been extended many times to accommodate the increasing number of burial chapels. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage list, admire the 800-year royal history and stunning architecture of this picturesque cathedral.
Other Castles to Enjoy:
Visit the enchanting Fredensborg Castle and what remains the Queen’s summer residence. The majestic 17th-century castle is referred to as ‘Denmark’s Versailles.’ Admire this baroque-style castle and stroll through the palace gardens.
Make your way towards Frederiksborg Castle, which is simply breathtaking. Set on an island surrounded by a lake and gardens, stand in awe of this renaissance castle, the largest in Scandinavia and one of the most enchanting.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kronborg Castle, located in Helsingør, is widely recognized as the home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Following a fire in 1629, King Christian IV rebuilt the castle to its former glory.
Borgund Stave Church
A unique vision, Borgund Stave Church was built in 1180. A distinctive stave church, it features gorgeous carvings of dragon’s heads, reminiscent of Viking longships. Buried between the lush mountains of Flåm and Jotunheimen National Park, this famous landmark is incredibly well preserved. Explore its interior, where runic inscriptions can be found. It is believed that thousands of stave churches once dotted the vistas of Norway. Now, Borgund is one of 28 that remain standing.
A staggering Medieval cathedral in Trondheim, Nidaros is a critical Gothic monument that is worth the visit. An important place for pilgrims, the cathedral came to be in 1050, and today still features some pieces from the 12th-century. It is also unique for being the northernmost Medieval cathedral in the world. Admire the soapstone walls, the two great towers, stained glass and the gorgeous spire. The high Alter of the cathedral is said to stand on the exact spot King Olav Haraldsson was buried by Nidelven after he was killed in the battle of Stiklestad in 1030.
An astonishing piece of architecture, the Arctic Cathedral is a modern church with a gorgeous glass mosaic interior. It is filled with oak pews that seat 600 people and large prism chandeliers that sparkle. It was designed in the “long church” style, and in Norwegian, it is nicknamed the Ishavskatedralen, which literally translates to “The Cathedral of the Arctic Sea”. No doubt it is unlike any cathedral you have ever seen.
Home to the Swedish royal family, this UNESCO World Heritage site is situated on an island in Lake Mälar. A spectacular sight, this 17th-century palace is surrounded by gorgeous gardens that were inspired by those of Versailles. Wander through the magnificent building, stroll through the gardens lined by rows of trees, impressive fountains and carefully sculpted hedges. Be swept away in the romanticism of the serenity and seclusion that envelopes you.
Cathedral of Uppsala
“Come and find a sanctuary from the storms of life, warmth and rest and a place for faith and growth.”
– Annica Anderbrant, Dean of the Cathedral
Located between the University Hall of Uppsala University and the Fyris river is the largest and tallest cathedral in the Nordic countries. Built in 1270, the cathedral has undergone many restorations, leaving plenty of historical and religious artifacts to be discovered. This medieval cathedral is a show stopper.
Set in a pretty and quaint village, Porvoo Cathedral overlooks the picturesque old town. With parts dating back to the 13th-century, Porvoo is the city’s most well-known building. Having been burnt down and rebuilt five separate times, the Porvoo Cathedral is a most cherished landmark. Pay a visit to this beautiful and classic cathedral.
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