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
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Time to cross the moat again, and this time enter the Castle Courtyard.
Before passing through the gate, I had a good look at it all the figures on and around it. The Gate has statues of Neptune, with his Trident and Mercury, gods of the sea and trade. I love the expressions on the faces, I believe some are to keep evil away.
Once I passed through here, I was in the Castle Courtyard, which was designed by King Frederik II.
There is a small well in the centre of the courtyard, erected rather late in history, in 1934. There was a much older Fountain here from 1583, but the Swedes took that with them when at war with the Danes in 1658.
ADMISSION TO THE CASTLE IN 2012...Adults 95 dkk
15 - 18 years....75 DKK..... 6- 14 years.....30 DKK which includes.....
Royal Chambers, Ballroom, Casemates, Castle Chapel, Maritime Museum, The Telegraph Tower
Royal Chambers, Ballroom, Casemates, Castle Chapel...........
Adults...75dkk ....75 dkk.......30 dkk
Casemates, Castle Chapel Adults 30dkk 30dkk 20 dkk
Maritime Museum, The Telegraph Tower .....50dkk .....free.......free
Only the Maritime museum is FREE with Copenhagen Card.
Guided tours are available
11 - 4pm daily except for JUNE - AUGUST ......10 - 5.30pm
I have arrived at the entrance of Kronborg Castle.
First, I have to cross over a moat and through the Dark Gate. Emerging from the gate, there were many tour groups waiting to begin their tour of the Castle. From here, the Castle is half hidden by a high wall, which has a moat beside it, and then plenty of lawn. A walk along the pathway takes me past some bastions and to the main entrance to the Castle.
My husband and I arrived by Train at Helsingor. We could see Kronborg Castle in the distance, so decided to walk.
Unless you are really disabled, I would do the walk, as the going is flat and easy, and you always see so much more when walking. We passed an old crane on display, and could see the town buildings, plus a really good view of the Castle across a canal.
The walk probably only took 20mins and it was good excercise after sitting in the Train.
Elsinore is another Danish town with many old houses, but here, you will find them from every period, from late medieval gothic to neo-classicism of the late 18th century.
It is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Denmark. I was glad I just didn't visit the Castle and move on, because I really enjoyed walking the narrow cobblestoned streets. The Houses were right on the cobblestone street, and many had Hollyhocks coming up through the cobblestones, it really was "olde worlde" charm!
I could see the ochre coloured, timber framed houses were old, I just loved walking this old area!
Yes, they still are people's homes today.
We went there to visit the monastery but finally we realized that it’s the church that really worths a visit.
Church of St Mary is dedicated to Virgin Mary as all of the monasteries that Carmelite monks once built (Virgin Mary was supposed to protect the monks on their way). We got the basic information at the entrance where according to the sign in front of the church:
in 1430 King Erik of Pomerania presented the Carmelite monks with the site on which they built their church and monastery. These first buildings burned down in 1450 but in the following fifty years the present buildings were erected on the same site. They now institute the best preserved medieval monastery in Scandinavia. After the reformation the monastery, in 1541 was made into a “hospital” for aged, poor and sick people and from 1576 to 1819 the church was used by the German congregation and the Garrison. Since 1819 it has been a Danish parish church. During 1901-1907 professor H.B.Stor restored the church and the monastery
We walked inside the centre aisle (pic 2) and we started checking small details like the typical (in the area) small ship hanging from the top (pic 3). The altarpiece dates from 1637 but there are also many murals and paintings from late 15th century.
We took some photos of some paintings (pics 4-5) and checked also the baroque music organ. This is the organ that Diederich Buxtehude, the german Danish organist and composer played from 1660 to 1668 (Buxtehude was one of the most important composers of baroque period). Concerts take place in the church but we weren’t lucky enough to see any during our short visit in Helsingor.
The church is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-15.00.
Guided tours in the church and monastery take place at 14.00