Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

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Kronborg 2 C

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Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6

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  • 3.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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.

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Situated in the central Indre By neighborhood, this bustling area once served as Copenhagen's commercial port. Today, the region features a variety of eateries inside its restored homes, some of which were built in the late 1600s. In fact, a few famous artists and writers formerly lived in Nyhavn, including Heinrich Gustav Ferdinand Holm (a painter and engraver best known for his Copenhagen depictions) and Hans Christian Andersen (who penned fairy tales like "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling."

Previous visitors loved grabbing a drink or bite to eat in Nyhavn, although some cautioned that prices here are high. Additionally, several raved about the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, which takes place in Nyhavn every July. Many past travelers also recommended signing up for one of the area's canal tours with Stromma Denmark or Netto-Badene. Both operators' tours are available in English, last about an hour and depart daily from Nyhavn. Stromma Danmark's tours cost 80 Danish kroner (roughly $13) for adults and 40 kroner (approximately $6.50) for kids ages 6 to 15, while Netto-Badene's tours will set you back 8 euros (about $10) per adult and 3 euros (less than $4) for each child.

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