- Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Though you'll have to trek 32 miles north of Copenhagen to reach Kronborg Castle, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed structure in Helsingør can't be missed. Built in 1574, this Renaissance-style castle played a strategic role in Danish politics and commerce thanks to its location by the Sound Dues. The property also famously served as the setting for Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Unique features you'll find here include a 197-foot-long ballroom, a collection of 16th-century tapestries and the casemates, underground passages once used to protect soldiers and horses during wars.
History buffs, Shakespeare enthusiasts and architecture lovers will enjoy touring this castle. Previous visitors were especially impressed with the property's picturesque harbor views and informative displays (which are in English and Danish). However, a few former travelers cautioned that furnishings here are a bit sparse compared to other Danish castles.
To get to Kronborg Castle, you can drive – the on-site parking area, which is a 5-minute walk away, costs 10 Danish kroner (less than $2) per hour, per vehicle to use – or take the train from København H or Nørreport stations to Helsingør station. The castle sits less than a mile northeast of Helsingør station. Property hours vary by month, but during most months, the castle is open between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The castle also welcomes visitors on Mondays from April to October. Adult ticket prices range from 90 to 140 kroner (approximately $15 to $23), depending on the month, and reduced rates are available for students with valid IDs. Copenhagen Card holders and kids 17 and younger get in for free. In addition to having access to all of the castle's exhibits, ticketholders can watch "Hamlet" performances in the courtyard, dine at one of three eateries and shop for souvenirs at the gift shop. Check out Kronborg Castle's website for more information.