Kronborg Castle


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The Kronborg Castle lies on a peninsula, over the narrowest point of Oresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden. The castle was perpetuate by William Shakespeare, who located here the famous play ”Hamlet”, and in 2000 it was located on a UNESCO World Heritage List.

In 15th century the both sides of Oresund was under Danish rule, and king Eric of Pomerania built here the first castle. Every ship going through the sound, which was virtually only way to and from Baltic, had to pay a toll to Danish kings. This situation lasted for over four centuries, guarantying Denmark high incomes.
The present building origin from 1574-1585, and was reconstructed after a fire in 1629, but without big changes. Three-winged, three-storey renaissance residence of Danish kings is now open for public, where visitors can admire the royal chambers, ballroom, casemates and halls of Maritime Museum.

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