Ships dock right at Helsingør town centre, and close to Kronborg Castle: Home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and host of the Shakespeare Festival every summer. Helsingør is a key point to neighbouring attractions: Renaissance castle Frederiksborg, the Baroque Garden, Fredensborg Castle, the summer residence of the Queen of Denmark and the royal family.
Kronborg Castle was built in the early 1400’s, to collect dues of ships.
The old town centre with ancient cobbled streets and charming houses can be perused on a cosy, guided tour.
At the waterfront you find HAN, a new sculptural tribute to the classic Little Mermaid. Nearby, the new Maritime Museum offers a visionary presentation of Denmark’s maritime heritage. A short train ride (departs every 20 minutes) takes you to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (works by Picasso and Warhol).

Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle, known worldwide as Hamlet and Shakespeare's castle, is one of Northern Europe's finest Renaissance castles.
The history of the castle goes way back before Shakespeare’s time. In the 1420s King Eric of Pomerania built a strong fortress, Krogen, to secure the profitable collection of the Sound Dues, a tax that would fill the Kings' coffers for the 400 years to come. King Frederick II adorned the castle with spires, sandstone and copper roofs and Kronborg Castle became one of the most beautiful castles from the Renaissance. The castle was a legend in its heyday in the late 1500s. Sailors, merchants, diplomats and aristocrats spoke of the magnificent castle and court in Elsinore with its pomp and splendour. Shakespeare was never here, but he surely heard rumours about Kronborg Castle. A devastating fire in 1629 put a stop to the lavish court life, and after which it was downhill. The Swedish Karl Gustav occupied and plundered Kronborg in 1658-1660. For the next three hundred years, Kronborg was only used as a fortress and barracks for the Danish army.
Susan Moyal