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  • Address: Kronborg 2C, Helsingoer, Denmark 3000
  • Admission: Adults: DKK 75; Children: DKK 30

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Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

Immortalized in print as the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the imposing fortress perched on the northeastern shores of Zealand, is often better known as its literary alter-ego, Elsinore, and is one of Denmark’s most visited attractions. With its dramatic seafront location and towering Renaissance façade, it’s easy to see why Shakespeare was inspired by Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot) and in 2000 the magnificent royal abode also became a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although its history dates back as early as the 1420s, the present day Kronborg Castle was built in 1585 by Danish King Frederick II and expanded by Christian IV in the early 17th century. Despite being looted by the Swedes in 1658, the later addition of defensive sea walls and a moat elevated Kronborg to one of Europe’s most impregnable strongholds. 

Today, much of the castle interiors are open to the public and visitors can explore the former Royal chambers, King Frederik II’s wine cellar, the exquisite galleried chapel and the dungeons where Queen Caroline Mathilde was held captive in 1772. Most impressive is the lavish ballroom, featuring the original 16th-century wall tapestries and still used to host special events and medieval banquets.

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Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen, Copenhagen, null

Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 59 Reviews

See the attractions outside Copenhagen. The only tour that not only includes the royal castles but also visits the former capital, Roskilde. You see a lot more ...  Read more

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.52
Castles Tour from Copenhagen: North Zealand and Hamlet Castle, Copenhagen, Day Trips

Castles Tour from Copenhagen: North Zealand and Hamlet Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 517 Reviews

If you love castles, Denmark has almost as many fairy tale castles as it does fairy tales! Visit the picturesque region of North Zealand just outside ...  Read more

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $108.95

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