Recently named one of 2014’s top destinations for travel, the city of Elsinore is actually known as Helsingor in Denmark. Made famous by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Elsinore is much more than just the setting for a play. From its castles to its museums to its ancient history and architecture, this is a place of romance, culture and much more.
Situated on a narrow piece of land or strait, the roots of Elsinore date back thousands of years. Once only a marketplace, the region has now burgeoned into a cultural center thanks in part to Hamlet. Home to just under 50,000 residents, it is the closest city to Sweden, it remains a busy port town today and full of historic sites and architectural wonders. From its beautiful surrounding countryside to its art and museums, Elsinore is the heart of the European Riviera.
Two of its most popular sites of interest include Kronborg Castle and the Danish Maritime Museum.
Kronborg Castle – One of Europeans most significant and historically rich castles, Kronborg or Hamlets Castle is a World Heritage Site and was named in 1577. Built to control the shipping in the Sound and to collect Sound Dues, this stronghold was home to Fredrik II in the 1500’s. In the 1600’s the castle burned almost completely to the ground and all that remained was the chapel. Later rebuilt, it was further renovated and restored in the early 1900’s.
Danish Maritime Museum – Located on the old dry dock between Kronborg Castle and the Culture Yard, this underground museum was designed by an internationally renowned architecture company known as BIG. Here visitors can learn the story of Denmark’s shipping history now and in the past. Enjoy a variety of exhibitions and films as well as interactive installations and games as well.
Other attractions and activities include Hamlet castle tours, the theatre festival, the beautiful beaches and many other museums and cultural sites as well.
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