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In Helsingør lies Kronborg Castle, made famous as Elsinore in Shakespeare's Hamlet. From Helsingør you can sail to Helsingborg in Sweden, and in the surrounding area you can explore pleasant countryside, castles, Louisiana Art Gallery and the Karen Blixen Museum.

Krongborg Castle. Photograph: Jon Nordstrøm, VisitDenmark  
Krongborg Castle. Photograph: Jon Nordstrøm, VisitDenmark 

The riviera of the Nordic region and Kronborg Castle

Helsingør lies in the middle of Northern Europe's riviera close to Grib Forest, with bathing beaches such as Hornbæk and Gilleleje within easy reach. At the entrance to the Øresund lies the Renaissance castle Kronborg, which is known throughout the world as the Elsinore of Shakespeare's Hamlet. In the area around Helsingør, there are other castles worth a visit, such as Fredensborg, Frederiksborg, Marienlyst, Gurre Slot and Vor Frue Kloster.

Louisiana, Karen Blixen and a maritime museum

Helsingør is the principal city in northern Zealand with quaint pedestrian streets and a cathedral, Sankt Olai Kirke, located in the centre. From Helsingør harbour, there is a frequent car ferry service to Helsingborg in Sweden. Kronborg castle also houses the Danish Maritime Museum. If you like art, you will enjoy viewing the collections at Louisiana and Nivaagaard. The Karen Blixen Museum south of Helsingør offers a unique insight into the life of the Danish writer. 

Did you know

Legend has it that the statue of the Danish hero Holger Danske, who sits in one of Kronborg's casemates, will come back to life and save Denmark, if the country is in peril.