Kronborg Castle is probably the most famous Danish castle, known worldwide from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
The elegant castle has both served as home for the royal family until the late 1600’s, but also as an active military fortress. Towering on a promontory in Northern Zealand, Kronborg faces the sound between Elsinore and Helsingborg in Sweden. Grand fortifications with bastions and casemates used to protect the Danish land from unwanted visitors.
A tour of the castle will take you through beautifully decorated rooms with renaissance and baroque interiors that reveal the residents’ decadent lifestyle. Among the main attractions is Frederik II’s fine ballroom and the statue of Ogier the Dane, a mythical national hero that has been sitting in the cold casemates below the castle for hundreds of years.
Though the castle is an impressive monument, its fame arose with William Shakespeare’s drama of Hamlet that takes place in the chambers of Kronborg. Hamlet was a Danish prince that suffered a tragic fate. His father was murdered by his own brother, Claudius, who seized the throne and forced the King’s widow to marry him. For years, Hamlet pretended to be insane, waiting for the day he’d get the chance to revenge his father.
Today, Hamlet's spirit is still roaming the hallways of Kronborg, and every summer you can experience HamletScenen perform the drama on an open air stage in the courtyard.
Due to its long history filled with royalty, myths and drama, Kronborg has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is definitely worth a visit.
To reach the castle, you’ll need to take the coast line to Elsinore – during the day, trains run every 20 minutes from Copenhagen Central Station and Nørreport Station. Elsinore is a cultural city that has many other attractions to offer and a cosy ambiance that is perfect for a daytrip.
Elsinore and Kronborg Castle is approximately 40 minutes from Copenhagen by train.
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