Like I said in my post last Wednesday, I absolutely loved Helsingor, Denmark. Despite the small size of the city, Helsingor is filled with creative and fun things to do. Other than seeing the Kronborg Castle (where Hamlet is set) I had no other expectations for Helsingor. Had I know it was such an awesome place I would have planned to spend an overnight. In case you ever find yourself in Helsingor here are 10 places to visit plus a few places to eat and shop!
1) Wandering the windy streets of the Helsingor Town was probably the highlight of my whole Denmark/Sweden trip.
2) In Helsingor you can enjoy the really high quality street art that decorates buildings, alleyways, and electrical boxes. Bonus - this is free!
3) Visit the Kronborg Castle. I've already written at length about how awesome the Kronborg Castle is in this blog post.
4) Copenhagen has its famous Little Mermaid and Helsingor has Han. The Han statue by Elmgreen and Dragset is seen as the little brother of the Little Mermaid. The statue is quite beautiful with the backdrop of the port with boats coming and going.
5) This fabulous fish sculpture created from trash is another highlight of Helsingor. Unfortunately i couldn't find any information online about who created this sculpture or if it is a permanent installment. In my imagination, it was created by trash found in the sea to draw attention to the problem of littering (*I have no idea if this is true but this is what I hope it is).
6) Visit the Danish National Maritime Museum or just check out the outside! The building is an amazing piece of architecture, so even if you don't go inside you can enjoy the Danish National Maritime Museum. Tickets to the museum cost 110 DKK but people under 18 are free!
7) Check out the The Culture Yard and Helsingor Library. I can feel you shaking your heads at this one through the screen. Okay, okay, this seems like nothing special but the building is truly amazing and has a beautiful cafe inside.
8) The churches in Helsingor are massive brick structures with ornate interiors that have a maritime motif. You can visit St. Olaf's Church, which is a beautiful church with tombs in the church and model ships hanging from the ceiling.
9) Right outside of the library (see the cool sitting area above the statues - that is the library) are these walking men statues. I like how real they look from a distance - especially with the foggy weather we had.
|Statues outside of the library|
10) Visit St. Marie's Church, which is a huge structure with beautiful internal courtyards. Don't forget to look up if you go inside - the ceilings are painted with incredibly detailed artwork.
In addition to visiting the above ten places there are also a huge number of cute shops and places to eat. I absolutely loved visiting the store Levende Lys, which had both clothes and home goods.
J and I ate a reasonable lunch at Cafe Olai. I had another one of my recently discovered favorites- opened faced sandwiches! This was so delicious and was a very large portion. We also purchased a few sweet treats from Bagt (unfortunately I can't find the address anywhere!).
Have you been to Helsingor? What else do you suggest doing there?