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Helsingor

Elsinore
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You are definitely familiar with Helsingor. It doesn’t matter if you have ever been to Denmark or not, Helsingor became famous with the help of a book that has worldwide unquestionable fame.

Helsingor is the home city of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Although the English version of the city name is Elsinore, it still remains the home for Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy.

The population of the city is 60,000 (as of 2012). The city has preserved the classic style of Danish cities, wrapped up in history and culture.

There are a lot of museums, castles, beaches and other sites in the city. Helsingor is similar to Odense in some way. It has also been mentioned by the greatest storytellers of all times. It also has preserved the buildings that are of paramount importance in the sphere of literature.

This is why tourists from the area of writing are welcomed guests. They can not only learn and understand about works that have already been published and earned their fame, but write new ones that are sure to conquer the readers from all over the globe.

Helsingor is also the closest city to Sweden. You can get from Denmark to Sweden on a ferry in just 20 minutes.

The History

Helsingor
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The Helsingor story starts even earlier than that of a number of Danish cities, in 70 AD. The first permanent settlers though arrived here in the 12th century, making the city a gigantic market place and gradually turning it into a business center.

The city, in its modern form was established by Danish king Eric of Pomerania in 1420s.

Probably the most important mention of the city is in Shakespeare’s tragedy, where the setting of the action takes place in Elsinore Castle, also known as Helsingor’s Kronborg Castle.

Inspired by the castle, Shakespeare wrote the tragedy in 1601. This is the main feature of the city that makes it attractive for tourists. And really, it’s not a small feature.

It promises to be an unforgettable experience to see the walls Shakespeare has seen, walk through halls that Shakespeare perhaps walked. If the castle proved to be valuable for such world geniuses like him, it could certainly inspire you as well.

Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle
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Kronborg Castle is one of the most important Danish castles and tourist destinations in Denmark. Every year it welcomes around 200,000 visitors from all over the world. The construction of the castle began in 1574 and ended in 1585. Frederik II was on the throne at that time.

It keeps its doors open all year round. The working hours are usually from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. There might be minor changes, although the main scheme remains the same.

If you don’t speak Danish, don’t panic, English tours are available. They are free if you show them the ticket.

While exploring the rooms and the halls of Kronborg Castle, don’t forget to pay attention to Holgar the Dane as well. Holgar the Dane is an impressive hero of Danish mythology. Initially originated in French literature, Holgar quickly became the protective figure of the Danish nation.

The legend says that when the country is threatened by an enemy, the statue of Holgar will come alive and defeat the attackers. The Castle has seen a lot of battles, and in most of them protected its owners in the best possible way.

Parking is free up to 4 hours. Therefore, if you came to Helsingor by car, your approximate time of sightseeing at Kronborg Castle is 4 hours. The main guiding methods are through interactive sound and visual technologies. You can listen to the history of Kronborg, hear the sounds of ships and canons, and follow the life stories of prisoners of war.

Kronborg Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000.

Øresundsakvariet

Øresundsakvariet
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Øresundsakvariet doesn’t boast of being the biggest or richest one in Denmark, but it’s definitely worth a visit. The aquarium features tanks of saltwater and corals, where representatives of wildlife fascinate visitors with variety and beauty.

The Small aquarium contains wild flora and fauna you will hardly see in your daily life. These marbles have been lifted up to the surface of this world to live among us and surprise us at the same time.

Besides being a tourist attraction the aquarium is a part of Copenhagen University, or more specifically Marine Biological Laboratory. Due to this there are often a number of researches carried out here.

Øresundsakvariet will particularly be both interesting and helpful for kids. They will learn a lot about the world surrounding them and will get to know it closer.

Find out when the feeding time is, as this is an activity where help is  always welcome. Kids can help to feed the animals, study them, and finally, if the animals are in a good mood, play with them. The institution also has a school, where visitors can sit on sessions and receive more information about the sea life and its residents.

Danish Museum of Technology and Science

Danish Museum of Technology and Science
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If you love electric stuff, things that fly, sail, move, and are a union of endless formulas, the Danish Museum of Technology and Science is just for you.

The collection includes steam engines, cars and airplanes, in a word, everything that the human mind has invented to make life easier. You will be able to see not only modern technologies, but also their ancestors. The primitive versions of devices and tools, that were later meant to be an indivisible part of our daily life.

For example, you can see an invention made by Valdemar Poulsen. His tool was supposed to catch the voice of people and things surrounding them, save them as a human memory, and then play it whenever the owner wanted to. Sounds like a miracle, doesn’t it?

In fact, that invention was the Telegraphone, which later developed into tape recorders, and who knows what lies in the future. This is only one example of devices that have been long forgotten by users but were once in the center of everyone’s attention.

Quick Facts

Population – 60.000 (as of 2012)

Peculiarities – home to Shakespeare’s Hamlet

English pronunciation – Elsinore

First inhabitants – 70 AD

Establishment  – by Eric of Pomerania in1420s

Setting for Hamlet – 1601

Attractions — Kronborg Castle, Øresundsakvariet, Danish Museum of Technology and Science, etc.

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