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Horsholm (Hørsholm), Denmark

Hørsholm is a town on the island of Zealand approximately 26 km north of Copenhagen. The city has 32,886 (2008) inhabitants.

Hørsholm and the neighbouring town Rungsted (which is part of Hørsholm Municipality) have an average income per household that is amongst the highest in the country. Wealthy households are attracted to Hørsholm because of it’s proximity to the forests and the sea. Also, the commuting distance to central Copenhagen remains reasonably short.

The Hørsholm Midtpunkt shopping mall with its 65 stores opened in the early 1970s and is the second largest shopping mall in Northern Zealand and among the ten largest shopping malls in the Copenhagen Capital Region.

History

Hørsholm was the site of the infamous Hirschholm Palace, which served as the summer retreat for King Christian VII and his court in 1771. That summer his queen (Queen Caroline Matilda), gave birth to a child (Princess Louise Augusta). Princess Louise Augusta’s birth was the result of an affair between Queen Caroline Matilda and Friedrich Struensee.

The castle which had been previously been referred to as the "Versailles of the North” was neglected after that fateful summer and stood empty until 1810. The castle was finally torn down by King Christian VII son Frederick VI in order to provide building materials for Christiansborg Castle, which had burned down in 1794.

Hørsholm Church, built in 1832 and it is now found on the spot where the castle once stood.

The local museum Hørsholm Egns Museum ("Hørsholm Local Museum") has a display dedicated to the palace and its fate.

LastUpdate: 2015-04-21 22:59:56