Kronborg Castle

One of Denmark’s shining historical jewels is the Kronborg Castle, a sea fortress that has been immortalized by William Shakespeare as “Elsinore” which was the setting of his tragedy play “Hamlet.” The castle has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and is regarded as one of Northern Europe’s most significant and well-preserved Renaissance castles. Surrounded by ramparts and army barracks, it is located in the town of Helsingor in northeast Zealand, controlling the entrance to the Baltic Sea.
The castle dates back to the 15th century when King Eric of Pomerania ordered the building of a fortress to control the strait and compel all ships that pass to pay sound dues. It was then named Krogen. In 1585, it was rebuilt by Frederick II into a Baroque-inspired castle but was ravaged by a heavy fire in 1629. Restoration efforts were put in place, reinforcing its line of defense and making it one of Europe’s most formidable fortresses. For centuries onwards, it ceased being a Royal residence and was used as a prison and as a military installation. Today it is considered a property of the Danish state and is one of Denmark’s most visited attractions. Inside the castle, visitors can find the sculpture of legendary hero Holger Danske where he is said to be resting until the time when Denmark will be in need of his help. There is also the Maritime Museum, the chapel which was the only area that survived the 17th century fire as well as the lavishly-decorated royal rooms. The grand and massive Great Knights Hall (said to be the longest hall in Europe) can be used as a venue for private events and parties.

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