Swedish province of Skone is located on the southern tip of the Scandinavian peninsula. Its population is around 1.2 million. Name Skone apparently originates from the Old-German skadin-awijo which means a "dangerous island" or "dangerous coast", i.е. that was the name for the coastal waters of the Sound strait (Oresund) northwards.

"Kronborg on the starboard side!". This command traditionally tells the Danish sailors that they are coming back home. Why only now, as domestic straits Skagerrak and Kattegat are already behind? Well, because it is here, in the Oresund strait, is a powerful outpost – the castle of Kronborg – a milestone on the way from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea in the national danish mentality. This is one of the major symbols, as people say now, of being a Dane. Kronborg (Shakespeare’s castle in Elsinore), seems to be a huge ship that has its towers as masts, cuts the whirlpool of the fast Oresund with its nose of the front bastion, as if coming out to stop the vessels rushing in the strait. Why? To answer this question we will have to plunge into the rough waves – waves of history and literature. Well, yes, literature as well. Because our tour is called: "In Hamlet's footsteps".

Erik of Pomerania

However, we will start our excursion not with the castle but with the market square in the town of Helsingor. The British call it Elsinor and it is situated 45 km from Copenhagen. Here, the square is adorned with the bronze monument to Danish king of the 15th century Erik of Pomerania. He determined the way to the greatness and prosperity of the town, which one and a half centuries later, in Shakespeare’s times, became the pearl of Northern Europe.

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Paved narrow streets start from the square like rays – we will certainly follow them. Architecture here has little changed since Shakespeare’s epoch. It is not known for sure whether the great dramatist strolled along the streets of Helsingor, but his close friends, English actors from London, who regularly toured and performed here, were definitely regular visitors of this area. The house where they normally stayed has been preserved – it is in the street, which used to be quay. This is a small, slightly rickety house that saw many dramatic events in actors’ lives, including tragic love.

Having walked along the streets of Helsingor, we will finally head for the castle itself – that very castle, the setting for tragedy Hamlet by Shakespeare. By the way, if there is something genuine in this play – it is Kronborg, described by the author with unbelievable detail. It is the only true historic “character”.

Moving from one room to another, we will be able to follow the plot of the play part by part. Upstairs on the flag bastion, we will see the magnificent, rough panorama of the strait and will immediately understand why the Ghost comes here. We will have a glimpse of the queen’s living room, where the poor Polonius, further mistakenly killed by Hamlet, was hiding and eavesdropping behind the fruit-frame. This is the place of the renowned monolog: “Be, or not to be, that is the question”, which we will also find out during the castle tour.

The appearance of a ghost

The excursion will finish near the castle at Hamlet’s grave (unfortunately, imaginary). It was here that the price «talked» to court jester Yorick’s skull. And if lucky, we will also be able to visit Ophelia’s spring nearby. If the local authorities of Helsingor finish its restoration by the time of our arrival.

Hamlet's tomb

Tour length: 3 hours, if you come to Helsingør by yourselves, 5 hours with the transfers from / to Copenhagen.

The tour price: 320 euros for 2 adults and a child (under 11), including entrance tickets and guide’s service. It is possible to organize the return transfer at the price of 150 euros.

Specific features of the tour: this is a designer tour for the curious and those who like Shakespeare’s heritage. We will have to walk a lot, visit the historic centre of Helsingor, hear legends from the Danish history, find out more about the greatest work by Shakespeare, enjoy the sea air and views of the Swedish coast.

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Straits of Sund and Kronborg Castle

Kronborg castle

Helsingoer city

Helsingoer city

Kronborg castle

Kronborg castle

Kronborg castle

Kronborg castle

Kronborg castle

Cannons at Kronborg castle

Hamlet and Ofelia

Hamlet with his mom and his uncle

Kronborg tour

The conversation with the skull of Yorick the jester

Send your requests to our e-mail: info@denmark-travel.com or call us at +45 20 66 30 93 and we will make you visit to Copenhagen unforgettable. Do not forget to indicate the desired date of the tour, the name of the hotel, where the plan to live in Copenhagen, the number of participants and your mobile phone for communication. You request will be replied within 24 hours.

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We offer you a unique opportunity to visit 2 towns in one day: Helsingør on the Danish side of the Øresund strait and Helsinborg on the Swedish one. Both towns are in the narrowest place of the Øresund strait: just 4 km separates the Danish and the Swedish sides, but nevertheless, these cities are very different, due to the history, traditions, architecture and people.

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Helsingør, founded in the early 15th century, can currently boast about its population of 60 000, whereas Swedish Helsinborg with population of 90 000 is considered to be nearly the oldest town in Scandinavia. Helsinborg was found in the 11th century and, according to the legend here was the first Viking fortress built. Both towns are somewhat similar. However, the population of Swedish Helsinborg comprises over 160 nationalities, whereas that of Danish Helsingør does not. We invite you on this trip to see these differences with your own eyes for better understanding of Scandinavian mentality.

Out trip will start from your hotel. We will go to the north of Copenhagen to the town of Helsingør, with its castle, immortalized by Shakespeare in his famous tragedy "Hamlet". Shakespeare described the castle of Kronborg in detail, the scene is set here, although that could be, that he never visited this region. Why and how it happened we will learn during our walk around the castle. This place is annually visited by over 300 000 pilgrims who hope to see the ghost of Hamlet’s father, walking along dark and complicated castle catacombs, as well as give their tribute to the warrior Ogier the Dane dozing in Kronborgs underground casemates.

First we will go to the historic centre of Helsingør and visit the ancient Carmelite monastery, the building of the 15th century, and will hear the story of the "house with ghosts". Then we will walk towards for City hall to see one of the preserved medieval streets in the very heart of Helsingør, and will see the building, where over 400 years the Øresund duty was collected. Oresund duty was a fee paid by the captains of ships to cross the Øresund strait and was the one of the main sources for the Danish treasury revenues over 400 years.

Having walked along the pedestrian street and having passed by the City hall and numerous shops, we will go to the mysterious Kronborg castle, included into the UNESCO World Heritage list. A tour around the royal apartments will show us the way kings of the past lived, celebrated and entertained themselves. We will also learn how the castle was modernized and rebuilt with time, who and when lived there. We will definitely visit the warrior called Ogier the Dane defending and guarding Denmark, and will go along catacombs of the castle, where, if lucky, we will be able to see the ghost of Hamlet’s father.

Well, full of the Danish stories and legends, we will take a ferry to Sweden for an adventure in the town of Helsinborg. Here as soon as you get off the ferry, you will feel something unique, something that cannot be felt anywhere else. A walking tour in the town will start from the tower Karnan built in the 12th century. Here we will speak about complicated relations between the Danes and the Swedes, and will find out how originally Danish area of Helsinborg became Swedish. After that we will go to the top of Karnan tower and from the height of 35 meters the whole town will be perfectly seen. Even today it is possible to look around the famous tower and those places, where there once was a local church, a chapel and a ditch surrounding these buildings.

Having enjoyed local landscapes from above, we will go to the centre of Helsinborg and will stop at the fountain named after Tycho Brahe, a famous Danish astronomer and scientist, will learn the key facts of his life, and the reason of the conflict between him and king Christian IV, as a result of which the scientist had to leave Copenhagen forever and move to Prague.

It is impossible to pass by St Maria’s church without notice. Here we will learn or perhaps even see the way the Lutheran service is held. On our way there will also be the oldest building of Helsinborg, Jacob Hansen’s house, the building preserved from the mid-17 century. Our last stop for today will be the City hall square and building, where we will learn about one of the greatest Swedish commanders and main facts from his prominent life. On the way back, we'll talk with you about similarities between Denmark and Sweden, as well as what makes those countries drastically different, such as alcohol issues, immigration policy, etc.

Tour length: 7 hours.

Tour price:
1 - 3 people 600 euro
4 - 7 people 600 euro plus minibus rental (around 200 euro)
8 - 15 people upon request.

The price includes: car rent and Copenhagen - Helsingør – Copenhagen transfer, ferry tickets Helsingør - Helsinborg – Helsingør, entrance tickets to Kronborg castle and Karnan tower, guide’s services for 7 hours. Food and drinks are not included into the price.

There is an option of this trip without the transfer from Copenhagen. In this case, you will be met by the guide in Helsingør and the tour price will be 470 euros for 2 persons, including ferry tickets Helsingør - Helsinborg – Helsingør, entrance tickets to Kronborg castle and Karnan tower, guide’s services for 5 hours. Food and drinks are not included into the price.

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Specific features of the trip: this is a unique tour, during which you will visit the landmarks in the towns of Helsingør and Helsinborg and will learn interesting facts from the history of their foundation, you will see the way medieval kings lived. You will also be able to admire breathtaking views and learn about the cultures of the two countries within one day. It will be definitely a busy but memorable day!

City hall in Helsinborg

Tower Kärnan

Helsinborg city

Sct. Maria's church

central railway station in Helsingør

Kronborg castle

Kronborg's canons

the warrior Ogier the Dan

Send your requests to our e-mail: info@denmark-travel.com or call us at +45 20 66 30 93 and we will make you visit to Copenhagen unforgettable. Do not forget to indicate the desired date of the tour, the name of the hotel, where the plan to live in Copenhagen, the number of participants and your mobile phone for communication. You request will be replied within 24 hours.

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he Swedish province of Skåne is located in the south of the Scandinavian peninsula. Its population is around 1.2 million people. The tribe of Danns came from Skåne in the 200s AD and settled on the islands of Zealand, Falster, Lolland. The name of the tribe gave the name to the whole country – Danmark – «land of Danns».

Three major cities representing today’s Skåne are Malmo, Lund and Helsingborg. 

Skåne is a kind of French Riviera for the Swedes, which due to the opening of the 16 km long bridge across the Sound in 2000 linked Danish Copenhagen with Swedish Malmo together. Opening this bridge across the Sound was the beginning of the new era of relations between these two Scandinavian countries. Today you can also take a train and within thirty minutes you will be on the Swedish side, in hospitable Malmo, student Lund or multinational Helsingborg.

If you would like to learn more about Malmo, we can plan a day trip for you to this pretty and friendly city. Read more about the tour around Malmo here.

A trip to Malmo

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For those who like unusual architecture and wants to learn and see more of the province of Skåne we offer to combine a tour to Malmo with a visit to Lund cathedral. Read more about the tour to Malmo and Lund cathedral here.

Malmo - Lund

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People who are fond of visiting castles, seing ancient towers, tryíng ferry crossings and knowing tragedies by Shakespeare will certainly be interested in going to the Danish Elsinore and the castle of Kronborg followed by a visit to Swedish Helsingborg, located in the narrowest place of the Sound strait. Read more about the tour to danish Helsingør and swedish Helsinborg here.

danish Helsingoer and swedish Helsinborg

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People who like extremes, as well as all those who want to see maximum within the shortest time period, we offer a visit to the medieval Denmark, including a tour to all three Skåne cities within 1 day: Malmo, Lund and Helsingborg. Read more about the tour to Malmo, Lund and Helsingborg and danish Helsingør here.

Skone province

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Old castle on the background of the picturesque nature, interwoven with the history and legends of these places, luxurious interiors and, certainly, nice walks in the parks – these are the things you can expect during our trip around the Land of the Vikings to the Royal Castles of Northern Zealand.

Three spots near Copenhagen are famous for their beauty, interiors and significance – the castle of Frederiksborg, located in Hillerod, Royal residence Fredensborg, in the town with the same name 30 km from Copenhagenа, and «Hamlet’s» castle of Kronborg, which is situated in the town of Helsingor. All the above castles are located so that it is possible to visit all of them within one day. So, let us do it today.

The first point of our tour is the luxurious castle of Frederiksborg, built in the Dutch Renaissance style. Having looked around the castle and having found out its secrets and legends, we will certainly look into its baroque park, with fountains, water canals and royal monograms, laid out with flowers. Wonderful nature, wild ducks on the lake, paths around the reservoir and secluded spaces in a beautiful and neat park – all this, undoubtedly, promotes romance and will not leave you untouched.

Being inspired by the walk in the Frederiksborg park, we will drive to the summer royal residence Fredensborg. This is a well preserved baroque castle, with a miraculous park and notable guardians wearing high fur hats. The castle of Fredensborg is active as a royal residence and it is harder to get there than to other places. The best time to visit Fredensborg is July. During the other months entrance there is restricted, but it is possible to watch the change of the royal guardians, visit the palace park with various mysterious sculptures, along which the Queen walks with her family, and also look into the palace orangery, which supplies fresh vegetables and fruits to the royal table.

The third castle for this day is the second popular and cult place in Denmark after the Little Mermaid – it is the castle of Kronborg, also known as Hamlet’s castle. In fact, Shakespeare did not ever travel to Denmark, but this did not prevent him from describing the castle the way that some 300 thousands of tourists come here every year. Royal suites, the chapel, Danish maritime museum, the somber beauty of Shakespeare’s tragedy and catacombs, where warrior Ogier the Dane is fast asleep while Denmark is out of danger – all this always attracts tourists and here we will have a walk and even a picnic somewhere near the walls of the castle contemplating the views of the Swedish coast and the town of Helsinborg.

On our way back to Copenhagen we will have time to exchange our impressions about the day and of the plans for your following trips in Denmark.

Tour length: 7 hours

Tour price:
1 - 3 people - 550 euro*.
4 - 7 people 600 euro* plus minibus rental (around 200 euro)
8 - 15 people upon request.

The price includes the transfer and entrance tickets to 2 castles. *in July the full tour including the visit to Fredensborg lasts about 7.5 - 8 hours and costs 50 euro extra.

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Specific features of the tour: the most interesting and memorable one-day tour. You will have to walk a lot, listen to the Danish legends, see and learn plenty of information about the life of the royal family.

Frederiksborg castle

Frederiksborg castle

Frederiksborg castle

Fredensborg palace

Fredensborg park

Kronborg castle

Kronborg castle

Kronborgs canons

Hamlet and Ofelia sculpters

Flowers

Send your requests to our e-mail: info@denmark-travel.com or call us at +45 20 66 30 93 and we will make you visit to Copenhagen unforgettable. Do not forget to indicate the desired date of the tour, the name of the hotel, where the plan to live in Copenhagen, the number of participants and your mobile phone for communication. You request will be replied within 24 hours.

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Distance to Copenhagen: 45 km
Population: 60 927 people at the end of 2004
Town fact file: The name of Helsingør comes from the root Hals meaning a narrow strait, i.e. the narrowest place of the Oresund strait between the Danish town of Helsingør and Swedish Helsinborg. Only 4 km separate the Danish and the Swedish sides. Just 10 000 years ago that was all the plain in lieu of the strait. It could be crossed by dry land, but due to the glaciers melting, the Baltic Sea extended creating a 4-kilometre strait between Danish Helsingør and Swedish Helsinborg.

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Helsingør that we know today was founded in the 1420s by the Danish king Eric of Pomerania. In 1429 he built the castle of Krogen, that means from danish The hook, which was extended in the 1580s and renamed to Kronborg - the Crown castle. The castle of Kronborg is the main sight of the town, because it is famous as the setting for the “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare. Inside the castle and / or in the yard “Hamlet” is annually staged, normally, in the late July- early August.

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Helsingør is the third largest town on the Sjaelland peninsula, after Copenhagen and Roskilde. Today’s Helsinborg is a combination of old and new, modern and ancient. The historic centre of the town is very beautiful: a pedestrian street, City hall, Carmelite monastery, St. Olaf’s church, the narrowest street of Helsinborg, where till the mid-19th century there was the Oresund duty office, the monument to the founder of the town Eric of Pomerania. Along with these historic buildings the town can also offer modern buildings, the Maritime Museum of Denmark (Dan. Museet for Søfart), Cultural Centre etc.

Main city sights:

Palace Marienlyst

The castle of Kronborg is a magnificent building, erected at the end of the sixteenth century during the rule of Frederik II. Shakespeare did not visit Denmark, which did not prevent him from describing the castle so that some 300 thousand people come here every year.

In the twentieth century Kronborg saved the town from the economic crisis. In the old times Helsingør used to serve the border between the Sound strait and the Baltic Sea. The vessels crossing the strait were charged the duty which promoted the welfare of the town. However, in the middle of the twentieth century it was cancelled and the prosperity of Helsingør was to cease. The Hamlet castle turned out to be the remedy as it continuously attracted tourists who flowed there like to Mecca. Therefore, the local budget received a good amount, supporting the town welfare.

From time to time Kronborg is used by the royal family for different receptions; there is also a long tradition: when the queen crosses the gate of Kronborg or when the royal yacht crosses the strait, cannons fire salutes.

There is an ancient castle called Kronborg in Denmark. It lies on the very coast of the Sound strait, and hundreds of ships pass it every day. They are English, Russian and Prussian. All of them greet the old castle with cannon shots: “Boom”! The castle cannons reply “Boom”! The cannons greet each other … In the deep, dark cellars of the castle, where nobody comes there sits Holger Danske. He is all tied with iron and steel chains and he supports his head with his strong hands. The long beard has been stuck to the marble board of the table. He sleeps and sees everything happening in Denmark in his dreams. Each Christmas Eve an Angel comes to him and says that everything that he saw in the dreams is true and that he can still sleep quietly as Denmark is out of any serious danger. In case of a real threat — the old Holger Danske will wake up so that the marble board will crack when he pulls his beard. He will come onto the surface and will wave his sword so that the thunder will be heard worldwide". H.C. Andersen "Holger Danske"

You can also be interested in the ferry to the Swedish town of Helsinborg. Ferries leave every 20 minutes on the daily basis. The crossing time is about 20 minutes. Therefore, going to Helsingor you can also visit Swedish Helsinborg. Despite the fact that the towns are close to each other, you will feel that you have come to another town in another country immediately.


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More information about Helsingør and other places of interest to the north of Copenhagen is given here.

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Copenhagen can offer a lot to curious tourists, gourmets, goers to museums and exhibitions, those who like walking and looking at extraordinary architecture. If it seems to you that you have already been in all corners of the Danish capital, we offer you to set off on a trip around the suburbs of Copenhagen, where you also can see lots of interesting and exciting.

1. The city of Hillerød is especially famous due to the castle of Frederiksborg, described below. Hillerød is also well-known by its park of knowledge and culture, where people gather at weekends to have a good time in the open air. Frankly speaking, the town of Hillerød is tiny but there are shops here and the local shopping mall was awarded with the price for the most beautiful shopping mall in Europe in 1993...Read more

Hillerød city

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2. If you happen to get interested in seeing the way the Danish elite live, I recommend you to go along the quay to the small Danish city of Humlebæk, located to the north of Copenhagen. This is where the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is situated. Along with the museum Humlebæk may boast the farm of Krogerup, where on 80 hectares organic vegetables are grown, as well as fields and forests. And that is all about Humlebæk....Read more

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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3. Helsingør is a town on the northeast coast of the Danish island of Zealand. It is famous worldwide as the setting for play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. The name of Helsingør originates from the root Hals, meaning a "narrow strait". Helsingør is a beautiful port town with good and rich history, a recently renovated museum of ship building, a ferry, a Carmelite monastery of the 15th century and lots of different events held in this town all year round...Read more

Helsingør city

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4. Dragør is an ancient settlement on the island of Amager, founded in the early 12th century. Owing to its location next to the Kastrup airport and Swedish Malmo, well-preserved historic centre and proximity to the centre of Copenhagen prices of property here are among the highest in Denmark. A visit to this town will be exciting for the people who like antiquities and ancient architecture, as well as for all those seeking to see beautiful nature and sea views...Read more

Dragør city

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5. Køge is an ancient and commercial town to the south of Copenhagen. Many houses here date back to the mid-16th – early 17th centuries. Moreover, in Køge there is an old gothic church of the mid-13th century and one of the oldest preserved wooden buildings erected in 1527. Today Køge is a place of residence for well-off people. It is here that they build mansions to live on the coast of the picturesque Køge bay....Read more

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6. The city of Roskilde was named after the legendary founder, King Ro and saint sources (kilde), a part of which has been preserved in the outskirts of the town. Roskilde is the former residence of Danish kings from с 1020 to 1416, the capital of Denmark until 1443. It was here that on 28 February 1658 the Peace Treaty of Roskilde was signed terminating the 40-year Danish-Swedish war...Read more

Roskilde city

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7. The city of Ringsted is one of the oldest settlements on the Sjaelland peninsula. The history of the town dates back to the beginning of the 11th century, the time of the Vikings. This is the place of the first preserved stone Danish Saint Benedict’s church built in 1170. Despite the age, Ringsted does not make the impression of the historically ancient town. Today’s Ringsted reminds of a commercial and cultural centre with modern built-up area, a congress centre, a concert hall and a town theatre...Read more

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