The Danish name of the castle is Kronborg Slot. The castle has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. The fortress in Helsingør on the Danish island of Zealand was not built until centuries after the death of the Danish prince who served as the model for Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
But the Danish castle with its imposing fortress walls, its gloomy castle dungeon and its secret passages forms the perfect backdrop for Shakespeare’s gloomy tragedy. The journey leads along several small fishing villages along the coastal road north of Copenhagen.
The fortress rises impressively above the city of Helsingør. The castle filled its treasuries with customs from ships that wanted to cross the Oresund. The tax in the name of the Danish crown was abandoned in 1857.
Kronberg Castle was built in 1420. In 1574 there was an extension in the Renaissance style. The magnificent knight’s hall is one of the oldest and largest in Northern Europe. The ornate castle chapel is still very popular for weddings today.
During the summer months, a Hamlet Open Air experience is performed in the courtyard every year. Outside of these times, it is of course also worth visiting the castle to see how Hamlet’s ghost still haunts the halls. You can also admire one of Denmark’s national symbols in the casemates, a plaster model of the mythical figure Holger Danske.
The city from which Andersen’s fairy tales conquered the world
The Danish city of Odense is located on the island of Funen. It is the largest city on the island. Their special attraction is not only in the numerous tranquil streets, buildings and half-timbered houses. The poet Hans-Christian Andersen was born in Odense on April 2nd, 1805. He became famous for his fairy tales and whose memory the city fondly cherishes.
Fairy tale poet Andersen
Andersen, whose fairy tales spread all over the world, can be met in different ways in Odense. There is a museum in the HC Andersens Hus, the house where he was probably born. The house is rather inconspicuous, but definitely worth a visit. And if you want to take a souvenir with you, you can find it in a small shop across the street. A second museum is housed in HC Andersen’s Barndomshjem, the house where the poet spent his childhood. Here, too, the exhibition is definitely worthwhile if you are a fan of fairy tales on a pilgrimage. The fact that Odense Airport was also named after Andersen should only be mentioned in passing. In the city center, in parks and on the streets, one encounters numerous sculptures that bring Andersen’s fairy tale characters to life. You can also find him as a figure sitting on a bench. And also in the fairy tale garden (Eventyrhaven) he is commemorated by a statue. Loving and definitely a special souvenir can be found in the lake. There a floating “paper boat” made of steel is reminiscent of the fairy tale “The steadfast tin soldier”. A scene from “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is shown in Brandts Passage, to name just a few examples. Nowhere in Odense can you get past the city’s most famous son. A scene from “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is shown in Brandts Passage, to name just a few examples. Nowhere in Odense can you get past the city’s most famous son. A scene from “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is shown in Brandts Passage, to name just a few examples. Nowhere in Odense can you get past the city’s most famous son.
More sights in Odense
A visit to the zoo is a must for visitors to the city just because of the Ozeaneum. More than 2000 animals from all over the world have found a home in the authentically designed area. The landscape architecture is so clever that you feel like you are “on site”.
On more than 10,000 m², the Danmarks Jernbanemuseum (Danish Railway Museum) presents the largest collection of railways and ferries in Northern Europe, including several royal saloon cars.
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is located in the village of Humlebaek directly on the famous Øresund Bridge, about 40 kilometers north of the Danish capital Copenhagen. Opened in 1958, the museum is the largest and best-known museum for contemporary art in Denmark. The museum, which is characterized by its fascinating architecture, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year.
Works by internationally known artists and local painters
The museum collection includes paintings by internationally famous artists such as Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. In addition, the best Danish artists are represented with their numerous works in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. In addition, several special exhibitions on a wide variety of topics can be seen every year. Events for adults and children also take place in the museum, which is known far beyond the Danish borders, at regular intervals. The museum is surrounded by a large garden with a small lake and numerous sculptures.
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum can even be visited on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entry to the museum is 95 Danish kroner (around 13 euros). Admission is free for children and young people up to the age of 18.