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Copenhagen 2010: Day 2 – Helsingør and more Copenhagen

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Day 2 of the short break to Copenhagen.

A train journey to Helsingør to visit Kronborg otherwise known as Elsinore from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Kronborg is a short walk from the station in Helsingør, and a joy to visit. The castle’s story dates back to a fortress, Krogen, built in the 1420s by the Danish king, Eric of Pomerania. The king insisted on the payment of sound dues by all ships wishing to enter or leave the Baltic Sea; to help enforce his demands, he built a powerful fortress controlling the sound taking advantage of the sound being relatively narrow at this point.

There is a lot to see, both in the main part of the castle and in the undercroft. Kronborg was made famous by William Shakespeare as the setting for Hamlet. The visit starts with the approach and across the moat. There is still a walk to reach the entrance to the main building. Set as a quadrangle the castle is entered at the shop and the tour takes you round the first floor. One of the features is the Ballroom. This had been convert into separate rooms during the 20th century when it was still used for military purposes, however it has been restored to its former glory with painting typical of its era hanging on the wall.

The Ballroom at Kronborg

The Ballroom at Kronborg

In the undercroft is a statue to Ogier the Dane. A separate door off the quadrangle takes you to the chapel, which survived the military use of the castle relatively unscathed.

The walk back to the town highlight the development work going on around the castle, mainly to build a new Maritime Museum. As the weather was turning inclement we took advantage of an interesting menu in a cafe close to the station for a late lunch.

Then the train journey back to Copenhagen, where we got off at Østerport and walked to Gefion Fountain and St Albans Church. The weather broke again and since the church was not open we headed back to our hotel, hoping not to get too wet. The walk back to our hotel took us past the Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace. The Christiansborg Palace also features the Royal Stables which were closing as we arrived.

Our last full day in Copenhagen, however there are defintely places we would still like to see, so it is likely that we will visit again.

Pictures from day 2 at our fotopic collection.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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