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Getting There

The S-tog from Copenhagen arrives every 10 minutes throughout the day (trip time: 40 min.).

By Train -- Trains link Hillerød with Helsingør in the east, and there are also rail links with Gilleleje and Tisvildeleje.

By Bus -- Hillerød has good bus connections with the major towns of North Zealand: bus no. 305 from Gilleleje; bus nos. 306, 336, and 339 from Hornbæk; and bus nos. 336 and 339 from Fredensborg.

By Car -- From Copenhagen, take Route 16 north.

Visitor Information

The tourist office, Cristiansgade 1 (tel. 48-24-26-26), is open Monday to Wednesday 10:30am to 5:30pm, Thursday to Friday 10:30am to 4:30pm, and Saturday 10:30am to 2pm.

Special Events

Every summer some 250 men, women, and children revert to their wild past. They don their Viking costumes and go on a rampage, re-creating the drama of the Viking age when the mere expression "the Vikings are coming" sent terror throughout a land about to be conquered. Frederikssund Vikingespil (Viking Festival) is the big event of the Danish summer. If possible, try to adjust your schedule to take in the fun. Visit www.vikingespil.dk for more information or call tel. 47-31-06-85.

Frederikssund, a town 13km (8 miles) southwest of Hillerød and 48km (30 miles) northwest of Copenhagen, stages the 2-week Vikingespil in late June and early July. Nordic sagas are revived -- and the record is set straight about who "discovered" America 5 centuries before Christopher Columbus. The festival features a series of plays, medieval and modern, about the Vikings.

The traditional play is performed nightly at 8pm, and a Viking banquet follows. Tickets for the festival are DKK140 ($24/£14) adults, DKK45 ($7.70/£4.50) children 5 to 12 (it's not suitable for children 4 and under). The dinner costs DKK175 ($30/£18) adults, DKK110 ($19/£11) children 5 to 12. Trains depart for Frederikssund at 20-minute intervals from Copenhagen's Central Railroad Station (trip time: 50 min.), and there are enough trains back to Copenhagen after the spectacle ends to allow commutes from the capital. From the station at Frederikssund, it's a 20-minute walk to the site of the pageant. For details, contact the tourist information office in Copenhagen or phone the Frederikssund Tourist Office (tel. 47-31-06-85).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.