Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, north of Copenhagen, is one of northern Europe's finest Renaissance castles. It is located at the entrance to Øresund and was built in 1574-1585.

Kronborg Castle is probably the most famous Danish castle, known worldwide from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Hamlet's spirit is still roaming the hallways of Kronborg, and every summer you can experience Hamlet Scenen perform Hamlet on an open air stage in the courtyard.

Frederik 2's Kronborg is at once an elegant castle and a monumental military fortress surrounded by considerable fortifications with bastions and ravelins. It has not been inhabited by the royal family since the late 1600's.

The castle houses collections of Renaissance and Baroque interiors, and among the main attractions is the 62-metre ballroom, the very well-preserved chapel and the mythologiacal statue of Holger Danske in Kasematterne below the castle.

Queen Caroline Mathilde under house arrest

In 1772 Kronborg Castle played a minor role in the fatal drama between the insane King Christian 7, his wife Queen Caroline Mathilde and her secret lover Johan Friedrich Struensee.

After the arrest of Struensee in Copenhagen 17 January 1772, Caroline Mathilde was taken to Kronborg Castle, where she was under house arrest for a period of time. Her fate was long uncertain.

She was accused of infidelity, and although her ​​defender Peter Uldall did what he could, she was convicted, divorced from the king and banished to the town of Celle in northern Germany. She never saw her children again and died a few years later of an epidemic.

From 1785-1923 Kronborg Castle was inhabited by the Danish military. The castle was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2000.

Ticket sales in June, July and August  

In June, July and August tickets are sold in the ticket office in Mørkeport at the entrance to the castle courtyard. In these months guests must have a ticket to access the castle courtyard. This applies to all guests. If a guest only wishes to visit the courtyard they need the small castle ticket (adult DKK 35, child 6-14 DKK 25).

Rest of the year tickets are sold in the ticket office inside the castle. In these months guests have free entrance to the castle courtyard.

Opening hours
01/04/2016 - 31/05/2016 Monday - Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
01/06/2016 - 30/09/2016 Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:30
01/10/2016 - 31/10/2016 Monday - Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
01/11/2016 - 31/03/2017 Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
01/04/2017 - 31/05/2017 Monday - Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
Child (under 4)
Child (under 17)
45.00 DKK
Copenhagen Card
140.00 DKK

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Kronborg 2C
3000 Helsingør


+45 4921 3078


  • Classification

    • Unesco
    • Accessibility - Easy access
  • Discount

    • Copenhagen Card - free

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  • Coordinates

    Longitude : 12.621692419
    Latitude : 56.039001831

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