Elsinore - where history meets the sea

Perched on the north-eastern tip of Sealand, you'll find the Danish city of Elsinore.

Located just 40 minutes from Copenhagen, Elsinore is where history meets the sea, and cutting-edge culture meets the city's rough seaport heritage.

We've picked out six things that you definitely shouldn't miss when visiting.

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6 Things you have to do in Elsinore

Experience world-class architecture at M/S The Maritime Museum of Denmark, right next to Kronborg Castle.

Then stroll the harbour front and experience a mixture of rough and streamlined, industrial and cultural and Gaze at the HAN sculpture.

Feel the maritime market town history in the cobblestoned streets, and visit the Carmelite Monastery – one of Scandinavia’s best-preserved monasteries.

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Historic and Modern. Maritime and urban. Discover Elsinore – Home of Hamlet.

Kronborg Castle - home of Hamlet

Easily the most famous Danish castle of them all, Kronborg is the embodiment of Elsinore's history. As historically and culturally significant as it was once strategically important, this castle can boast of being a UNESCO World Heritage site and the main location of Shakespeare's Hamlet, among other things. 

M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark

Named a cutting-edge cultural venue by the New York Times, The M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark, built by renowned BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, is literally built into an old dry dock in the city’s harbour. The museum is maritime all the way through the architecture to the exhibitions that offer a peek into both the past and present world of seafaring. 

Stroll the harbour front

The clash between past and present is most prevalent in the landscape of the city's waterfront, a mixture of rough and streamlined, and industrial and cultural. Highlights include The Culture Yard (Kulturværftet), and a giant fish made entirely out of litter.

Walk the cobblestone streets

Time capsule: Elsinore's narrow streets and crooked, timbered houses are a window into the city's rich history as a maritime market town.

Gaze at the HAN sculpture

Not simply a male counterpart to The Little Mermaid, HAN tells a different story of modern narcissism, as onlookers will gaze at both the sculpture and their own reflection in its polished steel surface.

Visit The Carmelite Monastery

Strolling through the courtyard of one of Scandinavia's best-preserved monasteries gives off a genuine feeling of tranquility. This is just one of the reasons why you should pay a visit to the Carmelite Monastery, located just a stone's throw from the harbour.