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- Kronborg Slot
- Alt Name:
- Kronborg Castle
- Late Medieval (1300AD-1500AD)
- 1400AD - 1499AD
- Helsingor, Copenhagen,
- Amalienborg Slot, Rosenborg Slot,
Frederiksborg Slot, Tojhusmuseet ,
about Kronborg Slot
The first incarnation of Kronborg Slot or Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Denmark was constructed in the 1420’s by Erik of Pomerania. Known as Krogen or “the Hook”, this was a heavily fortified structure.
Over time, Kronborg Slot was renovated by its successive royal owners, notably by Frederik II who transformed it into a Renaissance masterpiece, resplendent with towers, sculptures, columns and an imposing spire, making it a symbol of his own power.
Burned down in 1629, rebuilt by Christian IV and then ravaged by Swedish forces in 1658, Kronborg Slot has undergone a series of changes over the centuries. It served as a royal residence until around 1690 and then as an eighteenth century army barracks.
Today, Kronborg Slot is one of the most famous castles in Northern Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Restored to its original glory as it would have looked in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Kronborg Slot is now open to the public.
Inside its opulent walls, visitors can view its incredibly long sixteenth century Great Hall as well as the statue of and exhibition about Viking chief Holger Dansk. It also houses a Maritime Museum.
Kronborg Slot is also the setting for Shakespeare’s famous play, Hamlet and the castle often hosts festivals in the bard’s honour.
Free guided tours are available. For the Casemates, these take place at 11:00am and 3:00pm and for the Royal Apartments, these take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm.
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Address: Kronborgvej 1C, 3000 Helsingør, Denmark
Phone: +45 4921 3078
Kronborg Slot is located in the town of Helsingør, approx 50km northwest of Copenhagen. Bus routes 340, 388 and 840 stop nearby. Its nearest train station is Elsinore Station, which is a 15 minute walk and can be reached from Copenhagen Central Station via the Coast Line train.
Open daily except Mondays 11am-3pm Nov-March (to 4pm Dec weekends) and daily 10:30am-5pm May-Sept. April and October open daily except Mondays, 11am-4pm. Closed 24-25 Dec. Entry to main castle and main exhibits inc. maritime museum costs 90 DKK for adults, 65 DKK for ages 15-18 and 25 DKK for ages 6-14. Under 5s go free. Groups rates available.
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