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Frederiksborg Castle
Frederiksborg Castle
Official seal of Hillerød
Hillerød is located in Denmark
Location in Denmark
Coordinates: 55°55′45″N 12°18′29″E / 55.92917°N 12.30806°E / 55.92917; 12.30806
Country Denmark
Region Capital (Hovedstaden)
Municipality Hillerød
 • Mayor Kirsten Jensen
 • City 212.99 km2 (82.24 sq mi)
Elevation 41 m (135 ft)
Population (2013)
 • City 30,853
 • Density 140/km2 (380/sq mi)
 • Metro 48,104
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3400
Area code(s) (+45) 48
Website www.hillerod.dk

Hillerød is a Danish city with a population of 30,853 (1 January 2013)[1] located in North Zealand. Hillerød is the regional headquarters of "Region Hovedstaden" (Capital Region of Denmark), one of the five regions in Denmark, and is also the third-largest city in this part of Zealand after Copenhagen and Helsingør.

Hillerød today[edit]

Pedestrian zone in Hillerød

The city of Hillerød has a rich trade and cultural life. Hillerød is especially known for Frederiksborg Castle, in the center of the town. Another cultural institution is “Hillerød Viden- og Kulturpark” (Hillerød Knowledge and Culture Park); a library with surrounding culture workshops and game spots. This is the gathering spot for the cultural life of Hillerød - with exhibitions, music and theatre.

Facilities, business and education[edit]

Of the inhabitants in Hillerød, 60% are engaged in active employment: most of these people have high qualifications and a high level of education.[citation needed]

The characteristics of business life in Hillerød, are primarily pharmaceutical industry, knowledge, production and education. The municipality and the state administers a number of educational institutions offering short-term or medium-term education. Among them are the Business Academy North Zealand, Hillerød Technical School, Hillerød Business School, Hillerød Tekniske Gymnasium, Frederiksborg Gymnasium og HF, VUC and Hillerød teacher training college.

The settlement of Nødebo on the southeastern banks of Esrum Sø and enclosed by Gribskov, is home to the forestry boarding school of 'Skovskolen' (English: 'The Forest School) administered by the University of Copenhagen.[2]

Hillerød also houses a Pharmaceutical College. Pharmakon - Danish College of Pharmacy Practice (Danish: Farmakonomskolen Pharmakon) is a higher tertiary educational institution of pharmaceutical sciences with 602 pharmaconomist students.

The hospital project[edit]

Hillerød have been chosen as the site for a new huge regional hospital: 'Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland' (English: New North Zealand Hospital). The project began in 2012 and the hospital should be ready in 2020.[3]

Attractions and tourism[edit]

Frederiksborg Gardens

The best known monument is Frederiksborg Castle, which was long a seat of Danish kings. The castle is open to the public and houses the Frederiksborg Museum/The Museum of National History. It has a large baroque garden.

The Town Museum ("Bymuseet") contains a permanent exhibition on the history of Hillerød.

"The Boiler Room" ("Kedelhuset") has changing special exhibits. In 2005, the subject was the ancient and medieval history of Northern Zealand.

The ruins of Æbelholt Abbey (Æbelholt Klosterruin) are the remains of the largest Augustinian monastery in the northern countries. The site also contains a museum showing its history. The monastery was founded in 1175/76 by the French Augustinian, William of Æbelholt, later Saint William, for the reform of the already extant Eskilsø Abbey, which was moved here. He was summoned to the task by the Danish archbishop and statesman Absalon. After the Reformation in 1536, the monastery lands were appropriated by the state and the buildings were torn down. Some of the bricks were later used in the construction of Frederiksborg Castle.

Esrum Abbey ("Esrum Kloster") is a Cistercian monastery dating from 1151. The only remaining building of this once vast complex now houses a permanent exhibition about the Cistercians. There is a restaurant in the vaults. Next to the monastery is "Esrum Møllegaard", the Nature and Environmental Centre of Ecology.


Hillerød offers many different places to stay. One of the most popular place to stay in Hillerød is by the bed and breakfast "Sovdejligt" in the centre of Hillerød.

Nature and countryside[edit]

Hillerød is surrounded by some of the most extensive woodlands in Denmark, with Store Dyrehave to the south and the forests of Gribskov to the north. Gribskov is the fourth largest connected woodland in the country and both of the forests are rich with wild game, primarily deer.

Just east of Gribskov is Esrum Sø, the second largest lake in Denmark and a few kilometers northeast of Hillerøds city center is Fredensborg Palace and its extensive baroque gardens, on the east coast of Lake Esrum.

Scattered around the vicinity of Hillerød, is a number of smaller settlements and villages like Tulstrup, Ullerød, Gadevang, Nødebo, Sørup and Ny Hammersholt. Ullerød is both an old parish and a new borough at 150 ha and is connected directly to Hillerød.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas database from Statistics Denmark
  2. ^ Skovskolen University of Copenhagen (Danish)
  3. ^ Welcome to New North Zealand Hospital Capital Region of Denmark
  4. ^ Ullerødbyen Hillerød Municipality (Danish)

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Coordinates: 55°56′N 12°19′E / 55.933°N 12.317°E / 55.933; 12.317