Kronborg Castle in Helsingør (Elsinore) – Home of Hamlet

Are you looking for things to do near Copenhagen or do you have more time to explore Denmark? Go visit Denmark's most famous castle, Kronborg in Helsingør (Elsinore), also known as Hamlet's Castle in Shakespeare's play.


Visit the home of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Kronborg Castle

Welcome to the actual castle that Shakespeare set Hamlet in his famous play. Whether or not Shakespeare ever visited Kronborg Castle remains a mystery. In Hamlet, Shakespeare called Kronborg Castle Elsinore. Consequently, Elsinore has become the English name for Helsingør, the town, where Kronborg is situated.  

Kronborg canon

Kronborg Castle's history

Kronborg Castle in Helsingør goes all the way back to 1420. However, the castle has been burned to the ground and rebuilt since, but it has always retained its vital position at the head of the Øresund Sound. Helsingør was once one of the most important towns in Europe and ships passing into the Baltic Sea paid tolls at Kronborg Castle. Kronborg Castle became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

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Location of Kronborg Castle


5 reasons to visit Kronborg Castle!

1. Shakespeare used Kronborg Castle in his famous play Hamlet!

2. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. You can see the famous Danish stone statue, Holger the Dane.

4. It is only an hour north of Copenhagen, located in beautiful Royal North Sealand.

5. Helsingør and the Maritime Museum nearby are also worth a visit!


Directions to Kronborg Castle

Car - an hour's drive up the motorway or the Danish Riviera's picturesque coast road.

Train - take a DBS train to Helsingør, 45 minutes from Copenhagen Central Station. 

Ferry - take the Sweden to Denmark ferry between Helsingør and Helsingborg.

Explore royal North Sealand

North Sealand is home to fabulous beaches, world famous Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and some of Denmark's most historic castles, including Hamlet's Kronborg in Elsinore.