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“Excellent example of Danish castle”
Review of Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle
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Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Ranked #1 of 45 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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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Well worth the 45 minute train ride to reach it from Copenhagen. Both castle and train are free if you bought a Copenhagen Card. The setting for Shakespeare's "Hamlet", it is a dramatic view and tour.

Thank Gary C
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This old castle is the supposed setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet. Aside from the annual summer Shakespeare Festival that has held performances in the castle's courtyard since 1816, the contents of the castle are far from remarkable, and consisted mainly of a lot of dark old paintings on the walls, old tapestries, and old furniture that was far from beautiful for the most part. Be sure to walk around the exterior to get the whole picture. Notice the Swedish shoreline about 2 miles across the water. I liked the story about how the kings collected tolls from every ship that passed which constituted a large part of the Danish crown's income for centuries up to the 1850's when USA ships refused to pay the tolls. On a nice day the visit is fine and worthwhile. Don't miss having lunch at the cafe across the moat from the castle. See my review of the cafe elsewhere on Trip Advisor. There are many stairs, and part of the visit is spent underground in the dark cellar, so bring a flashlight for your own safety.

4  Thank LWL3333
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I visited Kronborg on a whirlwind day including Frederiksborg Slot and Louisiana using my Copenhagen Card. I am really glad I did. I enjoyed Helsingor as a town and had my lunch at a cafe outside of the castle near the design museum. While Kronborg didn't have the same wow factor as the interior of Frederiksborg, it was very cool. The moat outside and walls gave it a sense of that Shakespearean heaviness. The palace was fun to walk around and they were setting for a Shakespearean festival that I would've loved to see starting in August. They seemed to have some activities for kids and some decent information on the rooms. The views from the windows was great as was a walk on the outside. The casement walk was okay but a bit too dark for my liking. However it was very Hamlet-esque and fit the bill even if the connection to the play is a bit strained.

1  Thank kate11os
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Loved our visit to Kronborg! It is stunning on the inside and outside! Outside you can see the narrowness of the channel between Denmark and Sweden. Inside the information is presented using a variety of methods including av presentations, touch screen boards and even holographic representations. All of this surrounded by 500+ years of Danish history. This is also the castle that Shakespeare used for Hamlet so it is a must for Shakespeare fans!

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Our journey to Helsingor turned out to be a bit 'trains, planes and automobiles' due to works on the railway line so it took a lot longer than it should to get there. Despite that, the castle is in a lovely coastal setting, and Helsingor is a lovely town to wander round. The Maritime Museum is also next door and worth a visit.

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