Kronborg Travel Guide

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    Hamlet s Castle
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    Kronborg Castle
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Kronborg Things to Do

  • The Town

    A quick look of Helsingor on our way to the castle and back, revealed a busy harbor, with some preserved buildings, embellishing the face of a town deeply dependent of its main attraction – the castle. Does it have more? Maybe, but we didn't see it.

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  • The chapel

    The chapel is the top point of the visit to the castle. With its Renaissance decoration it is a festival of colors, in a style looking heavy and dense to my Latin eyes, but all of it is harmonious and respectful. There are different tickets, according to what you wish to see, but this chapel should be your top priority.

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  • The Casemates

    Not everything is luxury and comfort in the castles. The visit to the casemates help to have an idea of the soldiers hard life, and the unhealthy conditions they supported day after day. A statue of Holger Dansk reminds one of the Danish legends involving the castle.

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  • Elsinore Cathedral

    The construction of Elsinore Cathedral was finished in 1559. The oldest part dating back to 1200 BC. Elsinore Cathedral was mainly furnished in the 17th century,and with wood carvings also dated from the 17th century.In the period of 2000-2001 the church was thoroughly restored.

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  • Elsinore Downtown

    Elsinore was first named in 1231 as a small market town.It's a cute small town where you can fell a spirit of old Denmark.

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  • The Kronborg Castle

    Kronborg Castle is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe... William Shakespeare's story of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, takes place behind the walls of the castle at Elsinore. Kronborg is therefore known throughout much of the world as Hamlet's Castle, and Elsinore as Hamlet's town.From 1739 until the mid-19th century,...

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  • Kronborg 3

    During the period 1998-2010, Kronborg Castle is undergoing extensive development to turn it into a modern exhibition centre and visitor attraction.

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  • Kronborg 2

    Frederik II's Kronborg is both an elegant Renaissance castle and a monumental military fortress surrounded by major fortifications with bastions and ravelins.

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  • Kronborg 1

    Kronborg Castle in Elsinore is one of northern Europe's most important Renaissance castles. Known all over the world from Shakespeare's Hamlet, it is also the most famous castle in Denmark and is visited each year by about 200,000 Danes and tourists.

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  • Kronborg's museums

    In 1785 Kronborg was transformed into barracks that was why actually it was not kept subjects of furniture there. The museum of the Danish fleet and an exhibition, devoted to Hamlet (photos of actors played this role in various theatrical and film-statements) is opened today in its interiors. The most beautiful rooms of the castle - the Royal...

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  • Hamlet's places walking

    During last 200 years a lot of tourists visited Kronborg. By the end of the XVIII century there was a freakish garden with avenue and the sham tomb which has received the name of the Tomb of Hamlet. In 1857 an enterprising local resident who received a sanction "to bring a tomb into accord with the description in the play", after insignificant...

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  • Helsingor-Kronborg

    In days of Shakespeare Helsingor was the second city in Denmark. Many even believed, that Helsingor is really the capital of the kingdom. The castle caused special admiration. It was mighty and unapproachable. It protected the rest and well-being of Denmark. However, Shakespeare admitted discrepancy again, when he had named the castle Helsingor, as...

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  • Hamlet's castle - Kronborg

    The atmosphere of the castle, owing to Shakespeare, is impregnated by mysticism and secret. Getting here, you trust in a regal phantom or a demon which wandered along walls of the castle, in searches of revenge for his death. Hamlet's gloomy and beautiful Castle became well-known owing to a history which happened far behind there - on the Danish...

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  • Helsingor - Hamlet's castle

    All over the world the castle of Kronborg in Helsingor is considered as the Hamlet's castle. This name is used by Shakespeare in his famous play. Nevertheless, there are no witnesses that Shakespeare happened to be there. Possibly, hearings about the finishing of construction of a powerful fortress in 1585 reached London, and the great playwright...

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  • Kronborg Castle

    Shakespeare's play Hamlet takes place in this Danish castle which was built in 1420. A ride through times awaits for you.

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Kronborg Restaurants

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    by lmkluque Updated Sep 15, 2012

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    Actually, I didn't eat at or even see this restaurant, but it was listed with the castle. If it turned out to be located in the castle dining room, I'd suggest checking it out! So, I'm telling you about it just so you don't miss it as I did.

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Kronborg Nightlife

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    by lmkluque Updated Sep 15, 2012

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    On the two-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death, his famous play, "Hamlet" was played at Kronborg Slot. Since then the play has been performed here at it's legendary home, many times.

    As the Castle has been renovated and serves as a wonderful museum of the important events in Danmark's history, the play is a mainstay for Kronborg Castle's offerings, especially during the summer months.

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Kronborg Transportation

  • Add a Country

    When we went to see Hamlet's castle in Kronborg in 1950, we discovered that we could almost see Sweden and there was a ferry that went across. We had planned to visit ten countries, but when the ship was a day late, we missed going to Luxenborg. If we took the ferry across, we could pick up an extra country and make a round ten countries for our...

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  • Getting there

    The best way to get to the Kronborg Castle is to go to Helsingor. It's simple: take a train from the main station in Copenhagen (platform 4). The journey there takes about 45 minutes and there are numerous stops along the way, taking you through the suburbs of Copenhagen before heading out into the Danish countryside. I enjoyed them a lot, as I was...

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Kronborg Shopping

  • The Nisser - My favorite guy!

    Nisser are small persons not taller than 2 ft. Many of them are much smaller who are traditionally believed to live in attics, barns or similar places. They are dressed in red and grey clothes and they all wear a red pointed hat. And they love rice pudding :) sure with sugar, cinnamon and a big lump of butter!To maintain the favour and protection...

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  • Postcards, books and souvenirs

    In the museum shop you can find a big variety of postcards not only with Kronborg Castle, but also with Danish capital Copenhagen or all country views, books-guides about the Kronborg Castle, Copenhagen and also about all Denmark, lots of various souvenirs, T-shirts, etc.

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Kronborg Local Customs

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    The ancient Danish legend is connected with the castle of Kronberg about a hero: Holger the Dane who sleeps in vaults of the castle and will wake up at terrible hour for Denmark to save it. This plot is put in a basis of a fairy tale of H.K.Andersen "Holger the Dane":

    "He is chained in iron and steel and props up his head with mighty hands. His long beard strongly grew to a marble board of a table. He sleeps and sees in dreams everything, what is doing in Denmark. Each Christmas Eve an angel come to him and speaks: Denmark is not threatened with any serious danger. Of this terrible minute come - old Holger the Dane will rise, and the marble board of a table will burst, when he will pull the beard...

    When it's sunshine in Kronborg, the wind informs sounds of the hunting horns: ships past float and greet: Boom! Boom! And there is an answer from Kronborg: Boom! Boom! But Holger the Dane does not wake up, as guns scorch loudly. Not such firing should go to wake him up!"

    Helsingor-Kronborg-Holger's the Dane Shelter Helsingor-Kronborg-Holger's the Dane Shelter
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Kronborg Off The Beaten Path

  • Oresund strait

    Having seen enough of architectural and historical sights try to find a minute for dialogue with the nature. Walk around of the castle and you will see picturesque channels and the Oresund strait. It's the most narrow passage into the Baltic Sea. There is only 4 kilometers to the Swedish coast which is always seen even in bad weather. You'll see...

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  • Another inside yard of the castle

    While visiting Kronborg Castle, don't forget to take a long walk around it. Near the coast you'll find the gates - enter. You'll see old inside yard of the Castle - a different view.

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  • The castle

    We went to Kronborg expressly to visit its castle, immortalized by Shakespeare, when he made it the setting for Hamlet. I think that the same happens to most visitors, who bring fromm the city the same idea that we've got - nothing. The castle is all, and it is a nice though sad building, with so much history that I would need several pages to tell...

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  • And the Courtyard was Created!

    Frederik II extend the original old fortress, Krogen, from 1574 to 1585 and the courtyard was created. The castle chapel and the fifty-seven meter Trumpeter Tower are on the opposite side of the courtyard. There was a fountain in the center of the courtyard, but the Swedes took it, along with other treasured items of the castle, in 1658, as the,...

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  • On the Extreme Tip of Zeeland!

    At the time, 1420's, the castle at Helsingborg, (Now Sweden) was part of Danmark. The Danish King Erik of Pomerania, built Krogen Castle, just across the Sund, to facilitate charging "Sound Dues" from all ships entering or leaving the Baltic Sea through the Sund.So, on the extreme tip of Zeeland, the life of this castle began. Over the years the...

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