Possibly my favourite experience in Denmark was a day trip to Helsingør, or Elsinore in English. This picturesque coastal town is not only home to Kronberg castle- Shakespeare’s inspiration for Hamlet but also boasts a beautiful old town which feels remarkably peaceful after Copenhagen’s busy streets. Two large green-topped churches provide a pretty backdrop for the skyline.
A relatively new (8 years) addition to the town is the intriguing ‘Culture Yard’ which houses a superb library, cafes, communal spaces, a rooftop lookout and many events both within the new funky building and outside in the restored harbour area. At the back of the Yard you’ll find an indoor/outdoor food market with a large range of delicious food and drink stores.
Helsingør is also the first place in the Baltic sea area that I’ve visited that I would actually call a beach. Although still not comparable to the Australian definition, the clear water lapping over pebbles on the beach in front of Kronberg castle made me feel a like a kid in Narnia, frolicking in front of Cair Paravel. There are beaches suitable for swimming a little further north of the town.
A train from Copenhagen to Helsingør takes around 40 minutes and will set you back 15€ (100 Danish Krone) each way. Here are some of my photos from this relaxing and wonderful day trip.
The Old Town
The Culture Yard