Kronborg Castle

One of Europe's most important Renaissance castles, immortalised as Elsinore in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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Frederiksborg Castle
Once a royal residence, this palatial complex now serves as the Museum of National History.
A port city in eastern Denmark, home to the 15th-century Kronborg Castle which provided the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Frederiksborg Palace Gardens
This Romantic landscape garden is just North and West of Frederiksborg Castle.
Kronborg Castle's Banqueting Hall
Located in Kronborg Castle, this 62 metre long banqueting hall is a must-see for culture vultures.
Bath House
Primarily for deer hunting, the neighbouring Bath House was used as a royal hunting lodge.
Castle Chapel
The magnificent Castle Chapel with its gilded vaulted ceilings has amazingly survived since their construction in the 1600s.

Related Tours

Frederiksborg & Kronborg Castles: Private Day Trip from Copenhagen

Experience the majesty and magnificence of Royal Denmark on this full-day tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Castles of Frederiksborg & Kronborg with your private guide, return train journey and tickets included.

On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy a scenic train ride from Copenhagen to the UNESCO world heritage sites of Hillerod and Helsingor with train tickets included;
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of the fairytale Frederiksborg Castle on Castle Lake;
  • Gaze at the largest royal portrait collection in Denmark as your tour guide regales you with tales of the Danish Royal's past and present;
  • Visit the Frederiksborg Castle Chapel, built in 1600, in which the Danish Kings and Queens are anointed to this day;
  • Explore the Museum of National History housed in this historic and magnificent building - an architectural gem;
  • Wander the picturesque Baroque Gardens and English country-style grounds;
  • Stop for lunch at your preferred place in Hillerod;
  • Travel to Kronborg Castle at Helsingor – better known as Elsinore Castle in Shakespeare’s Hamlet!
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of this magnificent Renaissance castle with tickets included; 
  • Admire the views of the Oresund Sound from the battlements – maybe even spy on the ghost of Hamlet’s father;
  • Journey back to Copenhagen by train, with stunning views over the water. 

On this fairytale Royal day trip from Copenhagen, spend the morning at the picturesque UNESCO-listed Frederiksborg Castle. Uniquely set on three islands on Castle Lake, it is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. The castle was originally built in the early 1600s by King Christian IV.

Tragically, a fire broke out in 1859, and the greater part of the interior of the castle was destroyed – except the Chapel which remains largely intact and is where the kings and queens of Denmark are still anointed today. The castle was immaculately restored by J. C. Jacobsen, the owner of the Carlsberg Breweries in the 1800s and as well as a palace, it is now the magnificent home of Denmark’s Museum of National History with an extensive portrait collection.

On exiting the castle, wander the majestic Baroque manicured and styled gardens and grounds.

Next, you’ll head to Kronborg Castle, the spectacular setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet! It was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000. The castle towers above a very narrow promontory on the tip of Zealand and overlooks the Oresund Sound between the coasts of Denmark and Sweden. It is one of the most spectacular and important Renaissance castles in Europe with majestic spires, towers, columns, sandstone and copper roofs.

Your guide will take you on an intimate tour of this magnificent palace that for 400 years served as the royal headquarters for the collection of the Sound Dues: a tax on ships that sailed through the Oresund Sound. With its guns and cannon pointed at the ships sailing past, Kronborg was legendary among sailors and diplomats in its heyday in the late Sixteenth century - no one dared not to pay their taxes!

After a magical day immersed in Denmark’s royal history, enjoy the scenic coastal train ride back to Copenhagen. 



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