Hamlet’s Castle Helsingør’s old town Culture Harbour Han, the “Little Merman” Fredensborg Palace Ermitage Lodge
We will take a photostop at the Ermitage Hunting Lodge. Next, we will stop for a picture at Fredensborg Palace. Finally, we will come to Helsingør, where you can visit Hamlet’s castle, UNESCO World Heritage Site (the entrance is included in your ticket).
The length of the tour is approximately 5 hours.
In Elsinore you are free to choose your options:
You can go inside Hamlet’s Castle, which is called Kronborg, and see the displays which tell you about the history of this castle and its role in exacting the Sound Toll. This was a tax that passing ships had to pay to the Danish King, in order to enter the Øresund Strait. We must warn you that there is a lot of walking involved in this option and so it is not recommended for people with mobility problems.
Instead you might like to see Hamlet’s Castle from the outside. Take a walk around the ramparts, which will take around 45 minutes, and get an excellent view over the Øresund, the busy shipping lane between Denmark and Sweden. You can also visit the cafe and outhouses at Kronborg.
If you’re interested in Nautical History, visit the Maritime Museum, which is located at the bottom of a dry dock. The museum tells the history of Helsingør’s proud relationship with the sea. (Please note that you will not have time to combine this option with a visit to Kronborg).
If you are good at walking, why not take a stroll into the centre of Helsingør and visit some of its little shops and wander around its narrow streets, with buildings that date back to the 1500s. Make sure that you are back on the bus on time, as we can’t wait for you, if you arrive back late.
If you’d like to eat something while you’re in Helsingør, visit Kultureværftet, the Culture Wharf. Here you can find the local library and theatre and a cafe called ‘Spisehuset’, where you can have a coffee or perhaps a late breakfast. There’s also a roof terrace, where you can get a great view over the Øresund. Behind Culture Wharf is the Værftsmuseet, which tells the story of shipbuilding in Helsingør. It is amazing to think that where the Culture Wharf is was in the middle of a shipyard up until 1983.
The Ermitage Lodge is set in Dyrhaven, the 1,000 acre Royal Deer Park. The park became a UNESCO World heritage Site in 2015. The Ermitage Lodge was built between 1734 and 1736 in Baroque style for King Christian VI. It once had a rather ambitious lift that was built to take a fully laid table from the basement up to the dining room. Unfortunately the lift never really worked properly, resulting in cold soup and an angry King and so it was removed in the late 1700s, with no trace of the apparatus left today. In 1849 King Frederik VII signed the Danish Constitution at the Ermitage, ending absolute monarchy in Denmark.
We travel through the North Sealand woods to Fredensborg Slot, which means Peace Palace in English. The palace was built for King Frederik IV between 1720 and 1726. Its built in the style of an Italian country villa and took seven years to build. It was to be King Frederik IV’s ideal home, which he and his wife Queen Anna Sofie could enjoy. But tradgidy struck the King and Anna Sofie, as all their five children died before their 2nd birthday.
When Frederik IV died, his son King Christian VI, from his previous marriage to Louise of Macklenburg, evicted Anna Sofie and pulled down the wings of Fredensborg Palace, replacing them with new ones. Fredensborg became a family home when King Christian IX spent the summer months, in the palace, with Queen Louise, their six children and their spouses, plus their 36 grandchildren. Ever since this time the Danish Royal Family have used Fredensborg as their summer palace and Queen Margrethe uses Fredensborg for 6 months each year, 3 months in the spring and 3 months in the autumn. In the summertime Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary come here with their children. They live in the Chancellery House.
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