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“Heritage listed fort by the sea”
Review of Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle
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Private Hamlet Castle Tour from Copenhagen
Ranked #1 of 43 things to do in Helsingoer
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Kronborg Castle towers above a very narrow promontory between the coasts of Denmark and Sweden. The renaissance castle stands majestically with its spires, towers, columns, sandstone and copper roofs. Kronborg Castle is a magnificent renaissance castle and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Kronborg Castle is marking this occasion by celebrating Shakespeare's immortal play Hamlet with a cocktail of theatrical adventure, drama and festivities in the magnificent halls of the castle.
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Heritage listed fort by the sea”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Originally built by King Erik VII in the 1400's, at the narrowest point between Denmark & Sweden. Helsingborg in Sweden is clearly visible across the water just 4km away. In the 1570's King Frederick II extended the castle with money gained from taxing every ship which passed this narrow strait. There is a choice of tickets when you visit. The large ticket costs 80 dkk and give access to the royal apartments, church, casemates and ballroom. The small 40 dkk ticket just does the castle part. Personally I found the casemates and the dimly lit basement corridors a lot more interesting than the royal apartments. If you choose to do both - highlights of the royal apartments are the church and Europe's longest hall. The Castle is World Heritage listed.

Visited September 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Kronborg Castle”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Lack of restroom around the place, which is sad, as many tourist arrive from town and the city is 10min away from the Castle which is very nice.

Visited July 2014
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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“Shakespeare was correct, a wonderful setting!”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

The history was fascinating and we really enjoyed the short tour of the royal rooms and the quant descriptions of the historian guide.

Visited July 2014
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“Second Time is the Charm”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

I have been to Kronberg castle, twice. I went once in 2005; and I went just this month. The difference is a fuller appreciation of the importance of the castle, and its UNESCO status speaks to this, in the history of Scandinavia, especially between Sweden and Denmark. On the free guided tour, check times before you go, you can hear about the taxation on ships through this narrow stretch of sea between what is, now, Sweden and Denmark. Besides being Hamlet's Elsinore, the castle's history is fascinating. For example, the canons still point across the sea to Sweden, although decommissioned. Having spent a significant time in Sweden and Denmark, I more fully understand this positioning. One strong recommendation is to use the Copenhagen card if you intend to travel here. Not only can you save money (they do the math for you on the Copenhagen card website), but I found it motivating to see as much as I could because I had bought the card, and I didn't have to mess with buying any transport cards or anything, so it was easy to use. If I would have had more time, I would have taken the ferry across to Sweden to see the mirror position in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Visited July 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“History and Drama”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

I approached Kronborg fearful of a cringe-burdened Hamlet experience; I left very pleasantly surprised. The castle is stunning to look at from afar and close-up: intact, solid and so unlike traditional English castles. We took an excellent tour with Hamlet's friend Horatio - extremely well played with due seriousness and not a hint of mockery. Definitely worth the trip.

(Helsingor is an easy train ride from Copenhagen, even at the moment with a two train journey due to track works).

Visited June 2014
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