Frederiksborg Slot and our Amazing Discovery

We awoke the next morning and hopped on the local train from Copenhagen Central Station to Hillerød for a day trip to Frederiksborg Castle in the suburbs of Copenhagen.  In less than an hour, we'd arrived.  We strolled through the charming town of Hillerød.
We were headed, more or less, toward the castle when we chanced upon Chokolade Mageriet.  We can never resist popping into a chocolate shop.  In this case, little did we suspect that this chance visit would lead to an amazing discovery... 
We spotted shelf after shelf of thick chocolate domes.
We just had to give them a try and picked up four different flavors. This is how we discovered that amazingly sweet Danish creation and singular highlight of our trip to Copenhagen - the Flødebolle.  We continued our walk toward the castle and soon came to a placid lake.
We could see Frederiksborg Slot across the still water.
Ducks and gulls lazed in the water nearby.
We decided that this was the perfect spot to tuck into our first Flødebolle.  We bit into it...The thick dark chocolate...the rich marshmallow center...the marzipan base...what's not to love.  Amazing.
Full of sugar and chocolate, we continued our way around the lake.  Frederiksborg Slot grew larger and more impressive as we got closer.
I love the castle's reflection captured in the perfectly still lake.
We rounded the moat and found the entrance.
We passed through the gate and into the castle grounds.
A large tower guarded the entrance.
We passed over the moat and into the inner sanctum.
The courtyard was breathtaking and centered on a grand fountain.
The fountain itself was lined with evergreen branches to celebrate the Christmas season.
We passed over another drawbridge guarded by a fearsome lion.
We ventured inside out of the rain to explore the interior of the castle.
One of the most striking sights was that of the crests of various dignitaries lining the stairwells and the inside of the royal chapel.
We were truly inspired when we saw the crest of South African statesman Nelson Mandela.
We continued deeper into the palace and admired the sumptuous furnishings and decorations.
The grand ballroom was particularly spectacular when observed from afar.
The little accents were even more intriguing.  Panels highlighting the lives of everyday workers lined the window frames.
After getting our fill of the opulent Danish royal lifestyle, we headed back outside into the rain.
Umbrellas in hand, we wandered around back to the palace gardens.
The perfectly trimmed trees and hedges amazed us.
Looking back, we enjoyed views of the palace beyond.
We weren't the only ones braving the elements to explore this beautiful scene.
Still, it was cold and the weather was deteriorating by the minute.  We descended out of the gardens and back into town.
We discovered a small cafe in an arcade in Hillerød called Engelhardt's.
A couple of generously sized Smørrebrød and a cup of tea was just what we needed to warm up and get ready to continue to explore Copenhagen.

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