Kronborg Castle in Denmark: The setting of Hamlet Hamlet's castle in Elsinore. Image credit: Javier Medina Pin It

Kronborg Castle in Denmark: The setting of Hamlet

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Renaissance castle

Kronborg is a major castle and stronghold located in Helsingør (Elsinore) north off Copenhagen. It is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. Thus, back in 2000 Kronborg castle was declared as a World Heritage Site and added to the UNESCO list. The castle is located on a spit system in the northern part of the Oresund Strait where the strait is most narrow.

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Interesting facts about Kronborg Castle

Kronborg is dated back to the 1420’s. it consists of 9 towers including 4 stair towers without spires. The tallest tower of Kronborg Castle is about 60 meters above sea level.

Due to its strategic location where the strait of Øresund between Denmark and Sweden is most narrowest, Kronborg has played a major role not only for the Kingdom of Denmark but for whole Northern Europe. From here the sailing activities to and from the Baltic Sea was strongly controlled.
The total area of the castle is 28,724 square meters. Until 1785 the castle has been residence for the royals. Since 1935 Kronborg has been a museum.

What is the setting of Hamlet

Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is laid to the castle of Elsinore.

What to see in Denmark

Kronborg is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Denmark and is indeed a must see in Denmark. A list of 25 things to do in Denmark is seen below.

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The town of Helsingør is also worth a visit. Due to the many bars and restaurants many Swedish people love to visit Helsingør. Ferries are sailing very frequently between Helsingør and Helsinborg in Sweden. The travel time here is only 15 min. Helsingør is also accessible by car from south on the highway or by train from Copenhagen. This train line is called the coastline. If you are visiting Copenhagen I will definitely recommend a one day trip to Elsinore.

Kronborg Castle pictures

Kronborg is located in Helsingør north off Copenhagen

The castle of Kronborg is a magnificent Renaissance castle.

Kronborg Castle in Helsingor is the setting of Hamlet

Kronborg is the setting of William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Kronborg Castle Denmark

The castle of Kronborg also has a church within its walls.

Kronborg Castle is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Denmark

Kronborg is very well-preserved and the museum is really worth a visit.

Kronborg is one of the most impressive castles in Northern Europe

The castle is situated on the extreme northeastern tip of the island of Zealand.

Kronborg Castle map

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