COPENHAGEN: Kronborg

Kronborg is a castle in Helsingør, north of Copenhagen. It was immortalized as “Elsinore” in William Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet.”

An ancestor of the fortress was built here in 1420. The castle is situated at the narrowest point (2.5 miles) of the Øresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden. A coastal fortification here commanded one of the few outlets from the Baltic Sea.
From 1574 to 1585, King Frederick II had the medieval fortress transformed into a magnificent Renaissance castle. One of the most important in Northern Europe, Kronborg was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000.
On the walk through Helsingor to the castle.
The castle begins to come into view.
Main gate of Kronborg.
Fortress wall and castle tower.
The sound viewed from the fortress ramparts. That’s Denmark on the other side.
Masters of the moat.

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