Elsinore - Kronborg, culture and maritime history

Photo: Tine Uffelmann

A cornucopia of history, sights and authenticity. Elsinore is a vibrant and modern cultural city with deep historical roots.

Helsingør, or Elsinore, is world-famous for Kronborg Castle, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Sound Dues, which formed the foundation of the city’s prosperity for more than 400 years.

More recently, Helsingør Shipyard served as the focal point of the city. Today it has been rebuilt as Kulturværftet (the Culture Yard), a dynamic cultural centre with concerts, theatre, festivals, the main library and a maritime museum.

In Helsingør Harbour you will find the architecturally fascinating Maritime Museum of Denmark. The harbour connects the old Renaissance castle with the heart of Helsingør, where well-preserved historic houses with quaint backyards are situated alongside an array of shops, cafés and restaurants.


Sights and activities

Helsingør is full of history, but it also keeps up with modern developments, which means that here you can experience brand-new and innovative architecture alongside a Renaissance castle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Find other amazing sights here.


Experiences you won’t want to miss

Helsingør offers an incredible array of fascinating sights and experiences all year round. We’ve gathered some of the most interesting ones that you won’t want to miss when visiting Hamlet’s city.

Events in Helsingør and the surrounding area

Helsingør is a very active cultural city with major international festivals and a packed concert calendar at Kulturværftet all year round. Discover music, theatre, exhibitions and talks in and around Helsingør.


While in Helsingør, explore a world of attractions such as Kronborg Castle, the Danish Museum of Science and Technology and much more .

Restaurants & Cafés

From street food to delicious coffee to multi-course tasting menus, you’ll always find somewhere to satisfy your taste buds in Helsingør .

Art & Culture

Discover exhibitions and culture at Kulturhavn Kronborg as well as throughout the city.


Choose from magnificent bathing hotels and cosy B&Bs where you can rest, relax and explore Helsingør.

Kronborg Castle - UNESCO World Heritage

Kronborg is one of Northern Europe’s finest Renaissance castles. It is world-famous as Hamlet’s and Shakespeare’s castle and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark

Experience award-winning architecture and sensuous exhibitions. The M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark is designed by world renowned BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, and the museum is situated in beautiful maritime surroundings at Kulturhavn Kronborg.

Elsinore Walk - a cultural promenade

Elsinore Walk is a guided city walk you can do by yourself whenever you want – a free offer extended to all.

Street Food Market in Elsinore - Værftets Madmarked

Street food in rustic, maritime surroundings - The shipyard’s street food market is an informal gathering place, where people of all ages can gather, ...


Hammermøllen (The Hammermill) was built in 1765, one of several water mills at Kronborg Small-Arms Factory. The mill has two water wheels, one of w...

Flynderupgård Museum

The Flynderupgaard Museum is located in a large manor style country house from the early 19th century. The lives of farmers and fishermen Changi...

Murmalerier & monumenter

Gå på jagt gennem byen og se de spændende murmalerier, der alle fortæller deres historie om byen. Flere steder rundt omkring står monumenter og skulpturer og med hver deres historie.

Murmalerier i Helsingør: On the trail of Hamlet

På Helsingørs mure og vægge blomstrer kunsten. Traditionen med at lade spændende internationale kunstnere fortolke et tema i byrummet er fortsat i 2016. 4 kunstnere, 3 internationale og 1 dansk, har givet hver deres fortolkning af HAMLET. Værkerne er en del af Kunst & Byrum projektet i Hel...

Murals in Helsingør - Life in Øresund

"Life in the Sound" is the theme of a large, poetic mural and a colourful humorous fish, created from scrap and marine waste. At Helsingør bus terminal, you can see a lovely mural in blue shades that tells of a world under the sea with poetry and mystery. On the King’s Quay stands a la...

Murals in Elsinore

The history of Elsinore told in murals A completely free and fun attraction is 5 large murals telling the history of Elsinore in magnificent, colourful and imaginative paintings that appeal to both children and adults. Explore the detail-packed representations of the Middle Ages and th...

Skulpturen HAN

Skinnende stål og blinkende øjne. Den blankpolerede skulptur HAN sidder foran Kulturværftet og skuer ud over havet, imens dens blanke overflade genspe...

Holger Danske - Ogier the Dane

Every child and grown-up in Denmark knows Holger the Dane who sits asleep in the casemates of Kronborg Castle - until the day when Denmark is in real ...

Hamlet's Grave

In the park behind Marienlyst Castle lies the monument Hamlet's Grave. A large granite stone is shaped like a sarcophagus. The monument is a memorial ...



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Gallerier & kunsthåndværk

Helsingør er sprængfyldt med små og store gallerier og kunsthåndværkere. Alt fra moderne møbeldesign til små hyggelige gallerier


Visit Egeværk at the harbour in Hundested. At Egeværk we manufacture furniture on demand and restore furniture in need of new life. Egeværk is quali...

Kronborg Gallerierne

The Kronborg Galleries are creative spaces open to the public. The galleries are situated in the old military buildings surrounding Kronborg Castle, t...

Visual artist Catharina Nordlindh

Catharina Nordlindh grew up in northern Sweden in nature with wide expanses, heavy mountains and cold winters. Today, she lives and works in Espergærd...

Helsingør Art Gallery

Gallery in Elsinore with contemporary art. We are located in a beautiful old house from the 1600s, in the center of the old town, near the central squ...

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For børn

Explore the Sound with the Øresund Aquarium

Meet the sea creatures in the Sound and become more aware of the mysterious life under the sea. The Sound Aquarium is Denmark’s cosiest aquarium, wher...

The Danish Museum of Science and Technology

Does your kid dream of becoming a fighter pilot or perhaps of sitting behind the wheels of one of the very first cars? The Danish Museum of Science & ...

Vandlaboratoriet - The Water Laboratory

At Vandlaboratoriet (the water laboratory) you can explore the Sounds unique marine life. The laboratory includes animals from the near coastal areas ...

DRØMMESKIBET (the Dream Ship) at M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark

Get close to shipping in the M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark’s maritime play universe THE DREAM SHIP.

Elsinore by boat

Maritime transport is part of Helsingør’s DNA. You can take the car ferry with ForSea across the Sound to Helsingborg, or the Sundbussen, which carries pedestrians and cycling passengers. If you are sailing in your own boat, you’ll find excellent facilities here.

Kulturhavn Kronborg

Kulturhavn Kronborg is a unique cultural and event space that connects the city and castle. With its special blend of vibrant commercial life and world-class cultural offerings, it is a one-of-a-kind destination.

Experience Oresund with ForSea

Get on board on ForSea from Elsinore to Helsingborg and get a nice experience in the neighbouring country – no matter if you are walking or driving, whether you commute or do not intend to leave the ferry.

Helsingør North Harbor

Helsingør Nordhavn (North Harbour) is a municipal yachting harbour with about 1000 berths. It was built as a fishing port and yachting harbour by the municipality of Helsingør in the years 1932-1934 and was in the beginning of the 1970 extended to its present size. Nordhavnen has an authe...

Harbour Guide

Find information about which facilities are available in the Helsingør harbours .

Sundbussen Helsingør - Helsingborg

Sundbussen M/S Pernille is a small ferry which departs every hour directly from Elsinore city centre to Helsingborg city centre. The trip only takes about 20 min. Sundbusserne has a quick and easy connection for pedestrians and bikers. The good atmosphere on board makes every trip an...

Practical information

Here you will find useful information for planning and use during your vacation.

Find opening hours at the tourist information, plan your holiday, see the map of the city, how to get around by public transport, read the large holiday magazine for North Sealand, and where to rent a bike? Get answers to this and more here.