Hamlet & Sweden Tour
Two countries in one day!
Join us on a full day’s tour from Copenhagen, where we travel up the coast road to Hamlet’s Castle, set in historic Helsingør, which is known as Elsinore in English; we sail across the Øresund Strait to Sweden and stop in beautiful Lund, then we drive south to magnificent Malmö and finally return to Copenhagen across the spectacular Øresund Bridge.
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.
After our visit to Helsingør, we sail across the Øresund to southern Sweden, which is known as Skåne. From there we travel through some of the prettiest country roads in Skåne to the ancient city of Lund, known for its Medieval Cathedral and University. In Lund you are again free to choose your options:
You can visit Lund Cathedral, which was consecrated in 1145, although there has been a cathedral on this site since the 1080s. The astronomical clock was installed around 1424. The towers of Lund Cathedral stand 55 metres or 177ft tall and when the cathedral was built, could be seen from anywhere in the surrounding countryside. The oldest of the bells dates back to 1513. The cathedral has five organs, the largest of which was built between 1932 and 1934 by the Danish company, ‘Marcussen & Søn’. In 2016 Pope Francis visited the Cathedral to mark the 499th anniversary of the Reformation.
You can also see Lund University, which can trace its roots back to 1425, when Franciscan Monks established the Studium Generale, near Lund Cathedral. Lund University was founded on the same site in 1666, making this the oldest site of higher education in Scandinavia. Beside the University is the lovely Lundagård Park. In Lundagård you can find the Lund University Historical Museum. The cost of the entrance to this museum is not included in your excursion ticket.
Behind Lundagård is Kulturen, Sweden’s second oldest open air museum. In Kulturen are 30 old buildings from previous centuries. At Sankt Annegatan 9, there’s a shop which is stocked as it would have been 100 years ago. Some of Kulturen’s buildings have been moved here from other sites in Sweden, while others are on the same site where they were originally built. Kulturen opened in 1892. There are buildings, or the remains of buildings, from the Middle Ages to the 1930s. The entrance fee for this museum is not included in your tour ticket).
A little way behind Lund University is Skissarnas Museum. This is the museum of the artistic process. It focuses on sketches and included sketches by Henri Matisse, Henry Moore and Ferdinand Leger. The museum also has an archive that looks at art from Swedish and international publications from the 1930s to today. The museum was founded in 1934 and is part of the University of Lund. The museum looks at new artistic forms and has staged exhibitions of ‘Street Art’ as well as other contemporary art forms, such as video and sound. The recent extension to the museum won Lund’s City Building Prize in 2017. The entrance fee for this museum is not included in your tour ticket.
Lund is a great place to have lunch, as there are lots of little restaurants serving tasty food and many have special offers at lunchtime, or fixed price menus. A good place to go, with a large selection of places to eat, is Martens Torget. There you can find Saluhallen, which was built in 1909 and is an indoor market containing a wide variety of restaurants and cafes, including Italian, Persian and Japanese food. If you fancy something simpler, try the Swedish coffee house chain, that started in Lund in 1996, Expresso House. They have some very nice pastries. If you fancy some cholesterol, go to another great Swedish chain – Max. They sell tasty fast food burgers and were founded in Sweden in 1968. Most places in Sweden take card payment, but it might be a good idea to get yourself around 200 Swedish Kronor in cash, just in case.
After Lund we make the short journey to Malmö, with its wide selection of shops and yet another chance for you to eat some delicious Swedish food. You can also take a look at the Turning Torso, or visit Moderna Museum. Here are some of your options:
The biggest square in Malmö is called Stortorget, which appropriately means Big Square. Behind it is Lilletorget, or Little Square, where you can find a selection of Malmo’s most popular restaurants. The square has a Parisienne feel to it as, many of the restaurants have tables outside, where you can sit and see the world pass by. There are also some historic buildings on Lilletorget and a vintage telephone box.
On the north west side of Stortorget is Sodergatan, Malmö’s main shopping street and pedestrian walkway. It’s where you can find the department store, Ahlens, and many quality clothing shops. Also have a look in the Hansa shopping centre, located in Stora Nygatan. It’s at the far end of Sodergatan, where you turn left into Stora Nygatan.
In Malmö is the modern art gallery, Moderna Museet. It is at the far end of Stora Nygatan. Moderna Museet is built in an old electricity generating station, which was opened in 1901. Entrance to Moderna Museet is not included in your excursion ticket.
Malmöhuset is one of the oldest buildings in Malmo. The present Malmöhus was built in the 1530s and between 1568 to 1573 was home to James Hepburn, the third husband of Mary Queen of Scots, who was held prisoner there. Malmö Art Museum and Malmö Natural history museum are located at Malmöhuset. Malmö Art Museum hoses a collection of 20th century works, including work by the Swedish landscape painter, Carl Frederik Hill. There’s also an exhibition of furniture from the 16th century to the present day. The entrance cost to Malmöhuset is not included in your tour ticket.
The Turning Torso is the tallest building in Scandinavia at 190 metres or 623ft. It was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and opened on the 27th August 2005. There are 147 apartments in the tower, which cover 54 storeys. The Turning Torso is based on a sculpture by Santiago Calatrava and is built in the architectural Neo-Futurism style. It is not possible to enter the Turning Torso, unfortunately.
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