Kronborg Castle: A Photographic Essay

One of our regular destinations when visiting Denmark is Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, north of Copenhagen. Built upon on the site of an earlier fortress, it was completed in 1585 by Danish king Frederick II. Also known as Elsinore, it’s greatest claim to fame today is perhaps it’s connection to William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet.’

While the furniture generally does not date back to the time of Frederick II – most of the castle has been reconstructed in one way or another – it still conveys an acceptable level of authenticity.

The artwork throughout is fantastic – I’m never able to spend enough time with each – and the castle features a collection of the king’s 43 tapestries depicting various aspects of Danish history, royal lineage, and the natural world, and were commissioned by Frederick II as a reaction to the collection of his rival, Swedish king Erik XIV.

Here are images from my hasty survey in April 2018…

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