Elsinore Castle : Michelin's recommendations
Elsinore Castle, internationally famous thanks to Shakespeare, who chose it as the setting for his tragedy Hamlet, is also the symbol of former Danish sea power. The mythical character, Holger Danske ( Holger the Dane) is said to be sleeping beneath the castle. The castle was built in 1427 by King Erik of Pomerania at the entrance to the Øresund, the 4km-wide strait between Denmark and Sweden. It was originally a fortress that served to enforce the duty imposed on all ships passing through. The castle was rebuilt and extended between 1574 and 1577, then restored and modified after a fire in 1629, and given its present look at the end of the 17C. It is surrounded by a deep moat. Most of the rooms are open to the public. You can see the Chapel with its fine Renaissance decoration, the King's and Queen's Chambers, and the Ballroom, one of the longest in Northern Europe, with its striking chequered floor. It was once adorned with 40 tapestries, woven at Helsingør in 1585. Only seven of them are still in the castle. You can also see the Danish Maritime Museum, which presents 1 000 years of maritime history and highlights 400 years of Sound Dues and the activities of the Danish West India Company.
- Address : Kronborg 2C DK - 3000 Helsingør3000Helsingør
- Phone : 49 21 30 78
- E-mail : email@example.com
- Website : http://www.ses.dk
Opening hours :
- May-Sep: 10.30am-5pm; rest of year: daily except Mon 11am-3pm (Apr, Oct, Easter, weekends Dec and Oct school hols 4pm) - closed 1 Jan, 24-25 and 31 Dec