Kronborg Castle's dramatic exterior1/7
Photo: Dennis Jarvis on Flickr2/7
Photo: Guillaume Baviere on Flickr3/7
Photo: Rob on Flickr4/7
Kronborg Castle at Helsingør (Elsinore)5/7
Holger the Dane at Kronborg Castle6/7
Kronborg Castle courtyard7/7
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 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.
Kronborg Castle offers guided tours every day, where you can learn about the elaborate history of the castle. You can choose among 3 different tours of varying lengths, where some are free once you have paid entry to the castle. Learn more about times and prices of guided tours here.
When visiting Kronborg Castle, a great experience is to explore the creepy crypts and catabombs of the castle. Hidden underneath Kronborg Castle, Holger the Dane (Holger Danske), an imposing stone statue and legendary figure in Danish culture is sitting on his rock throne. It is said that if Denmark is ever in trouble, Holger the Dane will wake from his rock throne and defend her!
Every summer, you have the opportunity to enjoy live performances of Shakespeare's greatest plays from Danish and international companies, among these the Royal Shakespeare Company. The entire family can enjoy Shakespeare events at HamletScenen’s Shakespeare Festival at Kronborg Castle, making a perfect summer day out from Copenhagen or during your holiday in Royal North Sealand.
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!