We were staying 1,2 km west of the city centre so on our way down to the port before we walk into the city center we noticed this cemetery. It’s Helsingor’s Crematorium, it dates back from 15th century and covers an area of 7 hectares which is about 20,000 graves. The small church (pic 1) was closed so we just walked a bit, took some pics (pic 2) and turned back to the main street (pic 3)
So, at Nygade 8B we noticed another church (pic 4). It’s St Vincent Kirke, a roman catholic church that was built in 1930 in gothic style (like the prereformation churches that were already all over the city). It serves a community of St Vincent nuns until today (they were resident in Helsingor since the beginning of 20th century). It was also closed (it’s really hit or miss to find the correct opening times for churches in Denmark) so we just took a picture of the yellow building(pic 5) next to it and continued our way.
address:At the intersection of Mollebakkengade and Tvedes Vej
- Religious Travel
After checking the local marina we walked to the castle but we entered a wrong building to skip the train station, it was the Bibliotek, we spent some minutes inside, there were many students around but we just checked the colorful installations (pic 1) and we got out on the street again.
We took some more pictures of some simple local graffiti (pic 3) but we we also took a picture of a photo on the wall (pic 2). It was taken by Arne Magnussen and it seems this is a normal working day in 1956 in front of the Main Gate where the workers had to pass quickly and on time under what was called “the guillotine”
- Arts and Culture
If you have some extra time on your way back from Helsingor you may want to stop at Humlebaek town (10’ away from Helsingor by train) because it houses an excellent Modern Art museum. Once in Humlebaek turn left and walk up to the museum (20’ away) or take the free bicycle taxi
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is located on a picturesque area, up on a hill with a beautiful view over Oresund coast so you also have nice scenery in the picture, no excuse to skip this museum. It is housed on a nice building from 19th century that once was a seaside house. It is named after the former owner’s wife and opened its gate to the public in 1958 (a small collection of modern Danish art at that time). The amazing collection kept me busy for about 3 hours!! Apart from the permanent collection there are interesting temporary collections that bring people to the museum again and again. There’s also an interesting garden with sculptures with a nice cafe.
Louisiana Art Museum is open Tuesday to Friday 11.00-22.00, weekends 11.00-18.00.
The ticket is 95DKK, expensive yes but worth every krone of it.
Check my small page about Humlebaek
- Museum Visits
I'm very proud to say that one of our acclaimed Singapore theatre directors, Ong Keng Sen, staged a performance in Kronberg Castle once! Since it was a site-specific performance, the play took place in different rooms, dungeons and the central courtyard of Kronborg Castle. The cast came from all over Asia and wore ethnic inspired costumes.
Needless to say, the performance took Scandinavia by storm. You can read about it in the link below.
- Budget Travel
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 in which affable Eurasian coots float. I thought they were ducks but David (traveldave) has corrected me... Thanks!
There was a remarkable expance for our dogs.
- Travel with Pets
Walking around the castle we saw a plenty of yachts. We have envied locals who can daily admire the castle from the sea.
Besides that they can travel by their yachts to Swedish Helsinborg.
- Road Trip
- Travel with Pets
Enroute to Helsingor, Liz and I popped into this art museum since we were a little tired of looking at castles. It was a refreshing break from looking at old tapestries, I assure you.
The modern pieces were a little on the avant garde side and if you're inclined to think that modern art is crap, join a guided tour and you'll appreciate it better. Bookings for the tour and other details are in the link below.
Louisiana is situated 35 km north of Copenhagen along the motorway E47 / E55,
DKK 76 (EURO 10.35)
Students with international student card:
DKK 69 (EURO 9.35)
10am to 5pm (or 10pm on Wednesdays)
This place is only 10min away by train from Helsingor. Stop at Humlebæk Station and look for directional signs to the museum. It's about 5 min away by bus. You can also choose to take a leisurely walk along the manicured gardens of this huge residential area. Just turn left from the station and walk straight.
- Budget Travel