1 - 31 July 2009. Denmark is known for its fairytale castles. Fredensborg is one of them. An 18th-century palace north of Copenhagen beside Lake Esrum, it is frequently used by the Danish royal family for official state banquets such as the wedding in 2004 of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. Every year for the month of July, the public is offered guided tours of the palace. The surrounding baroque gardens are among the largest of their kind in the country and are open all year long. Consisting of long wooded avenues which extend from the castle in a star-shaped pattern, the grounds include a kitchen garden and orangery as well as the statue filled 'Norwegian Valley'.
In 1720 a peace treaty between Denmark and Sweden was signed on the site of the half built palace. Accordingly, Fredensborg translates in English as 'Palace of Peace'.