As I consider my job choices here in Denmark, a museum guard still sounds like an option! I just love spending time in museums. And I always leave feeling like I got only a brief overview of what’s there.
Especially when I leave Frederiksborg Castle. It’s so big! With so many rooms! And each and every room is filled to the brim with portraits and so many little and bit items from long ago. I either want to live there or get a job wandering these rooms.
Visiting Frederiksborg in the winter is a very different experience from visiting it in the summer. In the summer the place is packed and it’s sometimes difficult to even squeeze yourself through a room. It’s hard to see everything because of how many people are always standing in front of all the paintings.
But in the winter the place is blissfully deserted.
It is open only for a few hours each day between October and March (from 11 am until 3 pm). One reason for this – other than the lack of tourists – is that the place is largely left unlit!
My friend Leslie and I went there around noon, one day in the middle of December, and it was very dark inside, despite the sun peeking through the clouds.
We were able to see the very empty church (which was closed during my summer visit, due to all the weddings that were taking place there), which was so dark, it felt like it was off-limits.
We were the only people in the Great Hall.
We wandered the long hallways, mostly unsupervised.
And we were able to see all the paintings (light conditions allowing), without elbowing anyone.
Frederiksborg off-season? Highly recommended.