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ABOUT Helsingør (Elsinore):

Population: 46 000 (61 000)
Country: Denmark
Tallest building: St Olaf's Church
Region: Zealand
Founded year (city rights): 17th century
Area: 121.61 km²
Year visited: 2014 (2005, 2007)

ABOUT Helsingør
Helsingør (Elsinore) is a small city on the Northeastern coast of Zealand (Sjaelland), about an hour North of Copenhagen, and just across the Ore Sound from the Swedish city Helsingborg. The frequent ferries, that take only 20 minutes from Sweden, makes Helsingør a very popular daytrip to go and stroll, shop and have a beer for Swedes. It is a very nice little city with a genuine Danish atmosphere. Elsinore has been mostly known as the seat for the famous Kronborg Castle, that is featured in Shakespeare's "Hamlet". In 1420, Elsinore was one of Denmark's largest market towns, founded in the shape of today by Eric of Pomerania. He established a toll for all ships who passed the area, and so he financed the Kronborg Castle, today an UNESCO site where "Hamlet" is played annually since 1937. In 1672 Helsingør was the 3rd largest town in Denmark.The world famous architect Jørn Utzon grew up in the city. In 2013 the Culture Harbour Kronborg opened, an ambitious project that were built to attract culturally interested tourists.

I have visited Helsingør several times when I was little, but the last years I only visited 2005, 2007 and 2014 since Copenhagen is closer for us who live in Malmö, and it is also much smaller. It is a nice place to go for a daytrip and relax among the historic buildings, small pedestrian stores and castle of Hamlet.

Historic town center seen from the ferry arriving from Sweden; dominated by the Town Hall and St Olaf's Church.

Kronborg Castle, where Shakespeare's ”Hamlet” takes place. More about Kronborg later.

Culture Harbour

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Helsingør Town Hall from 1855 has glass mosaics with motifs of the town's history.

Havnepladsen (Harbour Square) with the Swedish pillar, a 11.75m high coppar columns that was erected in 1947 to show gratitude to Sweden, since they helped Danish refugees during the World War II. This is the first sight when you enter from the ferry. To the right is St Olafs Kirke.

St Olaf's Church (Helsingør Domkirke, St Olaf's Kirke), Helsingør's tallest building. A red brick gothic church that was built between 1480 and 1559. The first romanesque building was built in the 1200s.

Sankt Mariae Kirke (St Mary's Church), here seen from Skt Anna Gade, was built in the middle ages. The composer Dietrich Buxtehude was organist here in the 1660s. The church forms the south wing of a Carmelite monastery from 1430, Vor fru kloster (Cloister of Our Lady).

Railway Station/Ferry terminal/Post office/Tourist office building, a historic building in renaissance style.

Gamle Faergestraede (Old Ferry Lane), an very old and narrow pedestrian passage from the ferries to the main street, Stengade.

Stengade (Stone Street) is the main pedestrian street of Elsinore. Here you find beautiful historic buildings as well as many nice stores and restaurants. You won't hesitate that you are in Denmark!

We shopped in the Kvickly department store (left) on Stjernegade.

Axeltorv is a vibrant square in the Northern edge of the town center. Here you can find a lot of restaurants, cafés and pubs, and try the Danish specialty pølser (red hot dog). Markets are held here on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Kirkestraede (Church Lane) towards St Olaf's Church and a beautiful wall painting that tells a story about birth and plague.

Kirkestraede (Church Lane) towards St Olaf's Church. You can find many half-timbered houses in bright colours, many of them yellow.
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