Elsinore (Helsingør) - Home of Hamlet

Famous castles, unique scenery and world class art.

Ships dock right at Elsinore town centre, and close to Kronborg Castle: Home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and host of the Shakespeare Festival every summer. Elsinore 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 bourgeois 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) and to Rungstedlund, home of Karen Blixen (a.k.a. Isak Dinesen).

Elsinore is just 45 km from Copenhagen.

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Facts about Elsinore
Shore Excursions

Kronborg, Hamlet’s Castle (2 hours)

The setting of Shakespeare’s famous “Hamlet”. Renaissance castle Kronborg hosts “Holger Danske”.

Historic Walking Tour (2 hours)

Ancient cobbled streets, beautiful bourgeois houses. The Town Museum, the Saint Olai Cathedral, the Saint Maria Church and the former ”red light district”.

Royal Northern Zealand (5 hours)

Kronborg Castle.
Fredensborg Castle: Real life Danish Royal Family’s summer residence.
Frederiksborg Castle.

The Coast and Landscape North of Elsinore (6 hours)

Fantastic sculptures by Rudolph Tegner adorn these lovely heather hills. Adjoining museum. Gilleleje: Visit the church where many Danish Jews were hidden during World War II.