Kronborg Castle

Local nameKronborg Slotskirke
LocationHelsingør, Denmark

Kronborg is a castle and stronghold in the town of Helsingør, Denmark. Immortalized as Elsinore in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Kronborg is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and was inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2000.The castle is situated on the extreme northeastern tip of the island of Zealand at the narrowest point of the Øresund, the sound between present Denmark and the provinces of present Sweden that were also Danish at the time the castle was built. In this part, the sound is only 4 kilometres wide, hence the strategic importance of maintaining a coastal fortification at this location commanding one of the few outlets of the Baltic Sea.

The castle's story dates back to a stronghold, Krogen, built by King Eric VII in the 1420s. Along with the fortress Kärnan in Helsingborg on the opposite coast of Øresund, it controlled the entranceway to the Baltic Sea.

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Opening hours

Jun - Sep: Daily: 10 am - 5:30 pm
Oct: Daily: 11 am - 4 pm
Nov - Mar (except Mon): 11 am - 4 pm
Apr - May: Daily 11 am - 4 pm

Last admission 30 mins before closing time.
Closed on Dec 24, 25, 26, 31 and Jan 1, 2


Jun - Aug:
Adults: 140 DKK
Students: 130 DKK
Children: 70 DKK

Sep - Dec:
Adults: 90 DKK
Students: 80 DKK
Children (4 - 17): 45 DDK

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

More information and contact


Official website



Phone +45 4921 3078

Address Kronborg 2c, 3000 Helsingør, Denmark

Coordinates 56°2'19.331" N 12°37'19.789" E

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