Discover the natural beauty of Helsingor
Just northeast of the island of Zealand off the coast of Denmark you will find the old Danish port and trading town of Helsingør. The town is better known from its Shakespearean reference in Hamlet where the town was called Elsinore. Modern day Helsingør is involved in the boat-building, engineering, brewing and textile industries. The distance between the city and the town of Helsingborg is only 4.5 kilometers and there is a ferry which regularly travels between the two. Plans to build a bridge connecting the two are currently underway.
The town which stands today can be traced back to the early 13th century when King Eric of Pomerania began to build a new castle near the uninhabited ruins of the old town. He called this castle Krogen (also Ørekrog). The decision proved to be a wise choice and just six years later the town was granted a charter. To further increase the wealth of the city, the King imposed a toll on ships passing through the Oresund as both banks were under Danish control. As the city grew, it gained three monasteries and became an ecclesiastical center. Unfortunately much of it's importance was lost when many of the eastern provinces of Denmark fell to Swedish control. This declined continued in the 17th century when a number of epidemics struck the town resulting in numerous fatalities. Nearly a century later, Helsingør started to recover from tourism with the establishment of holiday villas between Helsingør and Copenhagen. This is still very much the case today which means that the town has been left very much untouched by booming developments.
Today you can enjoy the rustic charm of Helsingør as either a day trip or as a holiday destination. A great place to start is as the Kronborg Castle, which you may want to follow up with a trip to Danmarks Tekniske Museet (Technical Museum). The Helsingør Bymuseet is another interesting stop, as is Karmeliterklostret - a religious site with historical significance. The Marienlyst Castle is another great stop and features a specialty museum. If you're staying over, you might want to try the Hotel Marienlyst which features a casino and a seaside restaurant. The minimum age for the casino is eighteen and a photographic identification document is required to prove one's age. There is also an admission fee. Helsingør might be just the quite holiday spot you were looking for!