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    The Little Merman

    by viddra Written Aug 8, 2014

    The Little Merman aka Han, found gazing at the sea on a stone by the shore, is a steel sculpture created by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. Thanks to hydraulic mechanism, his eyes blink for a split second once every hour.

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    Saint Olaf's Church

    by viddra Written Aug 8, 2014

    The red brick cathedral was built in 1559 and dedicated to Saint Olaf of Norway. Beside frescoes, you can see a baptismal font, alabaster altarpieces and a carved pulpit.

    Opening times: Monday-Friday 10-16

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    The railway station

    by viddra Written Aug 8, 2014

    The railway station was built in 1891 in the same style as the Rosenborg Palace in Copenhagen. It stands on 1,600 poles embedded into the ground.

    Its decorated foyer is worth a moment or two of admiration.

    It's interesting to know that what's now a restaurant was once a private chamber for the royal family.

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    Hamlet's Castle

    by viddra Updated Aug 8, 2014

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    Surrounded by cannons, Renaissance Kronborg Castle is 1 of the most famous castles in Denmark. It's mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.

    Eric of Pomerania built the castle Krogen around 1425, but King Frederik II rebuilt it in 1574-85 and named it Kronborg. The castle was built so that the King's men could control who sailed through the strait and make sure that all the passing ships paid their dues to the King. The castle was used as military barracks from 1785 to 1924. Then, in 1938 it was restored and opened to the public.

    Among other things, you can visit the royal chambers, the large ballroom with wall paintings, the little hall with tapestries portraying Danish kings, and the casemates beneath the castle which once served as as soldiers' quarters. You can also see the statue of the legendary hero Holger the Dane there. Be sure to take the dramatised guided tour 'In Hamlet's footsteps' as you'll see the places in the castle you wouldn't otherwise be allowed to enter.

    Opening hours:
    Tuesday-Sunday: 11-16 April-May,
    daily: 11-16 September-October; 10-17.30 June-August
    English guided tours: summer only!

    Entrance fee!

    the castle courtyard the royal chambers the little hall the chapel the guided tour
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    Hamlet's Castle

    by johngayton Updated Jan 25, 2014

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    Kronborg Castle is one of Northern Europe's most impressive Renaissance castles and receives over 200,000 visitors annually. In 2000 the castle was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list because of its rich history and cultural significance.

    The site was originally developed by the then King, Erik of Pomerania, in the late 1420's. Having introduced the "Sound Tax" he needed a fortified tollbooth, albeit a very substantial one, to collect the revenue from passing ships. Helsingor, at the narrowest point of the Sound, was the ideal location.

    This was to prove a valuable source of income for the Danish economy, and especially the royal family. In 1574, not long after his marriage, Frederik II decided to rebuild the existing fortress to become his matrimonial home. No expense was spared and Dutch architects hired. The fortifications were modernised and strengthened whilst new wings were added to the residential parts. By 1585 the construction was complete and the interior decoration underway.

    In 1629 the castle was ravaged by fire with only its chapel left intact. Christian IV had it rebuilt to almost its original specifications, with a few modern Baroque touches added. However in 1658, during one of the many Danish, Swedish, wars the Swedes ransacked Kronborg and whilst doing minimal structural damage denuded it of much of its elaborate ornamentation. These included a series of 40 tapestries depicting the Danish kings which had adorned the main hall, of which only 14 were recovered.

    After another refurbishment by Christian V the royal family no longer used it as their main residence and by the end of the 18th century the castle had become a military base. The Sound Tax was abolished in 1857 and the army continued to use Kronborg as a barracks until 1924.

    Following the military's withdrawal the Danish government, with the supervision of J. Magdahl Nielsen, Royal Inspector of Listed State Buildings, fully restored the castle to its Renaissance glory.

    The present castle is part museum (it also hosts the Danish Maritime Museum) and part art gallery with both modern and classical works on display. Seven of the original series of tapestries adorn the Knight's Hall and ceiling paintings are worth craning your neck for.

    All this imbibation of history and culture is of course thirsty work. Fortunately within the grounds is a cracking little cafe bar, which when the sun's out makes for a great place to rest your feet and enjoy another piece of Danish history and culture - Carlsberg!

    Website below has all the details of opening times, entrance fees etc.

    Look Up! Don't Forget Your Camera!
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    CATHEDRAL OF SAINT OLAI

    by balhannah Written Aug 23, 2012

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    The red brick Cathedral of Saint Olai, towers over the medieval centre of Helsingor. The building of this Cathedral began in the 1200's, back then it was the size of a Village church. It was finally completed in 1559. It's named after the Norwegian King Olav the Sacred, who fell in the battle at Stiklestad in 1030, and later became a saint.

    Very elaborate is the white and golden altarpiece from 1664, the Pulpit from 1567 and the beautifully detailed font cover in the baptistry from 1578. These are MUST SEE'S.
    There is more to see in this Cathedral, so just take your time to take it all in like I did.

    The church is open weekdays
    May-August time. 10-4pm
    September to April at. 10-2pm

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    WINDOW SHOPPING IN HELSINGOR

    by balhannah Written Aug 23, 2012

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    There are many quaint stores in Helsingor all within walking distance of one another. I didn't buy anything here, but I did enjoy window shopping. One shop I liked, sold all different types of Beer Steins, and what a variety they had!
    There is a Market in the Market place on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings with stands selling flowers, vegetables, cheese, fish, handicrafts etc.

    Shops are open Monday to Friday 10.00 - 7pm and on Saturdays from 9 - 4pm

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    HELSINGOR CITY MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Aug 22, 2012

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    This Museum was included on my Copenhagen Card, so I decided to go for a look.
    The Museum itself, is housed in a building that is nearly 500 years old, parts of it built by the Carmelite monks. Inside, is information on the town from the Middles ages to the present time. Exhibits also relate partly to the early history of the house as a hospital and a lavish renaissance manor, later turning into the city's poorhouse. The Old Swan Pharmacy and the archaeology of the town are features. A good model of Elsinore in 1801 is on display. I thought it was quite good, especially seeing the toys the Danish children played with.

    NO PHOTO'S ALLOWED

    ADMISSION IN 2012. Adults 20 DKK.
    OPEN...Tuesday - Friday and on Sundays... noon-4PM
    Saturday 10AM-2PM.

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    WALK AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF THE CASTLE

    by balhannah Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    This is quite a nice walk we did after completely seeing all we wanted in the Castle. We followed the pathway which took us along the seafront, where we saw cannon's on the ready to defend Denmark. Just a short distance across the water was Sweden, and ferry boats were heading to and fro.
    Further around, were lots of buildings painted yellow. This is known as "The Kronborg Galleries".
    It is where the Soldiers lived until the early nineties. Since then, the buildings have been renovated, and now a number of artist's have galleries selling and displaying various forms of art, from paintings and photography to ceramics, textiles and glass works.
    This was a nice way to finish off a visit to the Castle.

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    HELSINGOR TRAIN STATION

    by balhannah Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Wanting to see Castle Kronborg @ Helsingor, we decided the best way to reach the town from Copenhagen, would be by Train.
    We had the Copenhagen card which gave us FREE TRAVEL to Helsingor.
    Train travel is easy in Denmark. The Trains to Helsingor run every 10 - 20 mins from Copenhagen Central Station.

    Once at Helsingor, I was very surprised at the huge Railway Station. No wonder it looked familiar, it was built in the same style as Rosenborg Palace in Copenhagen. It was built in 1891, and was renovated during the early 1990's. It is quite a beautiful station with a nicely decorated foyer.
    Ferries also depart from here for the 20 minute trip to Helsinborg in Sweden.

    Helsingor Railway Station Helsingor Railway Station Ferry to Helsinborg, Sweden
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    KRONBORG CASTLE CASEMATES

    by balhannah Written Aug 22, 2012

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    We went to the top of the Castle, and to underneath the Castle where we visited the Casemates.
    Who would have wanted to live here if they had a choice, not me! The Soldiers didn't have a choice though, and this is where they lived during times of war. Cold, dark and damp rooms which could accommodate up to 1,000 men with enough supplies to see then out for 6 weeks.

    Also in the casemates, is the statue of Denmark's legendary hero, Holger Danske. There here sat, with a light shining over him, in the doom and gloom of the casemates. He is here, just incase the Kingdom of Denmark is threatened by an enemy! He is a statue, and if you want to read about him, bring a torch, it is dark down here!

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    KRONBORG CASTLE

    by balhannah Written Aug 22, 2012

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    Kronborg Castle is known all over the world from Shakespeare's Hamlet. It is Denmarks most visited Castle, perhaps because of this reason.

    For me, Kronborg Castle didn't live up to other Castles in Denmark. For me, there was not the extravagance that I had seen elsewhere. We spent quite a lot of time here, enjoyed it, but loved Frederiksborg much more.

    In Kronborg, we did see 7 tapestries which were part of 40 tapestries with portraits of 100 Danish Kings, this was in the Little Hall. We saw the Ballroom, the largest in Northern Euroope, where large paintings lined the walls. These were originally painted for the Great hall at Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen in 1618. Next, were the Royal Apartments, where the King and Queen resided when at Krongborg. All were nice, but not outstanding in my opinion.

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    KRONBORG CASTLE CHAPEL

    by balhannah Written Aug 22, 2012

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    The chapel at Kronborg Castle is the only building not to have been ravaged by fire in 1629. Kronborg Chapel has a pew on the gallery for the King and Royal family, and is from the period of King Frederik II.
    As the Chapel wasn't ravaged by fire, the altar, gallery and pews, with fine carvings and painted panels are all original. It's a Renaissance chapel, very different to other Chapels I had seen. I loved it, and could have taken photo's of each and every one of the painted carvings, each was different, each was interesting, and I just thought they were amazing, in fact, the whole Chapel was amazing, including the Chapel entrance.

    Another must see in the Castle, and you need the Museum ticket to visit.

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    TELEGRAPH TOWER @ KRONBORG CASTLE

    by balhannah Written Aug 22, 2012

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    Don't miss the Telegraph Tower, for this is where we saw wonderful views from.
    The Telegraph Tower is a large square flat roofed Tower, which once was used as a cannon Tower. During summer, which happened to be when I was here, the roof is open for visitors to go up and see the spectacular views of Kronborg and Oresund.
    Not only that, you get a good view of a couple of the copper spires on the Castle

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    KRONBORG CASTLE MARITIME MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Aug 22, 2012

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    The Maritime Museum is actually located in the Castle at the moment, although I do believe, a new building is being built in Helsingor to house it.
    It has exhibitions on the Danish merchant fleet, the history of navigation to Greenland and the Danish West Indies. Exhibitions change regularly. I thought the Museum was quite good as I like looking at the models of the old sailing ships and seeing historical artifacts that have been found and the large amount of paintings on display.
    The Museum Shop opens one hour before and closes 30 minutes after the Castle.

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