I've been having such a hard time writing this post because Helsingor was just so good! Helsingor, Denmark is one of those places that just came up and surprised me. Before visiting Helsingor I didn't know anything about it - just visited on a whim.
I have so much to write (and SO many photos) about Helsingor that I'm going to break this into two posts. This post is going to focus on the winding streets of Helsingor and the Kronborg Castle. The next post (next Monday) will focus on other awesome highlights that made Helsingor so wonderful.
Helsingor (pronounced Elsinore by people from English speaking countries) is in the north of Zealand Island of Denmark and is famous for the Kronborg Castle. The Kronborg Castle was made famous by William Shakespeare as he set Hamlet at this castle.
Helsingor was founded in 1420 by the Danish King, Eric of Pomerania and has valuable for its ports and close physical proximity to Sweden. The buildings of Helsingor are wonderfully colorful and many of the streets are walking only, which makes it easy to see everything by foot. When you are exploring, be sure to keep an eye out for the street art that covers utility boxes and alleyways.
Kronborg Castle, a Unesco World Heritage Site, used to be the stronghold in the north of Denmark. The Castle was built in the 1400s by King Eric of Pomerania and lived in by various other royalty until 1785. Following this period, the castle was used by the army, but has since been restored and turned into a museum.
The Kronborg Castle is the best castle I've ever visited. The information in the castle provided history about the royalty who lived or visited the castle and showed how they lived. The castle was kept perfectly and was decorated as they would have been through the years. Additionally, the castle grounds were stunning (even in the foggy weather) and you could wander them freely.
The Kronborg Castle offers guided tours (you can even see a Hamlet tour) year round or you opt to wander the interior of the castle yourself. Don't miss out on visiting the casemates under the castle so you can see the giant statue of Holgor the Dane. It is said that Holgor will awake if is country ever faces danger.
Tickets to visit the entirety of the Kronborg Castle cost 80 DKK (13.23 USD) for adults and the Castle is open from 9:45 am to 5 pm. For current information check the website.
Getting to Helsingor from Copenhagen:
To get to Helsingor, J and I took the train from the Copenhagen Central Station to Helsingor Station. The trip took about 45 minutes and was the trains are easy, comfortable, and clean.
Have you been to Helsingor before? What place snuck up and surprised you?