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Things to do in Elsinore (Helsingør)

Explore the city of Elsinore (Helsingør) while staying with us. You will enjoy a wide choice of shopping, restaurant and museum experiences – or how about a trip to Helsingborg in Sweden by ferry? The voyage only takes 20 minutes and is popular with local Danes and Swedes as well as all other visitors to the two cities.

MS Martime Museum

M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark

Award-winning and interactive with games for the whole family. M/S Martime Musueum (M/S Museet for Søfart) in Elsinore is suitable for both young and old. Here you can learn to navigate ships, try to control world trade on the seven seas and try out what it was like to be a trader in the 18th century.

The museum, which has both a cafe and a quality museum shop, was a strong contributor to Elsinore ending up on the New York Times list of 52 "must sees" in 2014.

Photo: Luca Santiago Mora

Kronborg castle. Image.

Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle in Elsinore (Helsingør) is a UNESCO World Heritage site and known as the fictional home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. It is one of Northern Europe’s finest Renaissance castles and is located precisely where the strait between Denmark and Sweden is the narrowest. The castle is surrounded by an impressive fortification with bastions and cannon batteries.

Here you can experience Frederik II’s magnificent banquet hall with its elegant tapestries and delve into the dark casemates deep under the castle to meet legendary Danish folklore hero, Ogier the Dane (Holger Danske). Few places in the world offer as much drama and history as Kronborg Castle. Definitely worth a visit.

The Carmelite monastery and Sanct Mary's Church

Our Lady Carmelite Monastery with St. Marie Church

Our Lady Carmelite Monastery with St. Mariæ Kirke is said to be one of Northern Europe's best-preserved medieval monastic buildings. In 1430, Erik of Pomerania invited the Carmelite monks, the so-called white brothers, to Elsinore and the construction of the monastery began soon after. The church and monastery were completed in their current form around the year 1500.

After the Reformation, the monastery was turned into a hospital and nursing home in 1541. Elsinore's Latin school was also housed here, and during the 19th century the monastery functioned as a retirement home. Since 1991, the monastery buildings have been the administration building for the Diocese of Elsinore. The monastery can be visited during a special tour. The tour includes the Lazarushallen, the Laxmandssalen, the Musikhuset and the Koneloftet.

The Shipyard Museum

In the heart of the former Elsinore Shipyard – in the area now called Kulturhavnen – you will find the Shipyard Museum (Værftsmuseet). Here you can explore the history of the approx. 400 cargo ships, ferries and frigates that were built in Elsinore between 1882 and 1983.

Discover the shipyard as a workplace and its importance for the city, and meet the people who designed, built and launched these many vessels.


Travel 200 years back in time to the era of the Sound Dues and experience Elsinore’s best-preserved merchant and customs clearance house.

The house, which originally dates from the 16th century, is largely unchanged since the 1780s. Here there is a grocery store (from 1820), a skipper’s room and the elegant clearing clerk’s residence. You will gain insight into history of the Sound Dues paid on cargo value by passing vessels in the Sound (Øresund) and much more.

Two cods swimming. Image.

Øresund Aquarium

Learn more about the mysterious life of the local waters at Øresund Aquarium where you can experience fish and sea creatures from the Sound (Øresund).

The intimate little saltwater aquarium is perfect for families with children who are not afraid of patting a fish or looking deep into the eyes of a codfish.


With its clear and distinct references to The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, the HAN sculpture by the quay in Elsinore gazes in the direction of Kronborg Castle.

HAN was created by the Danish-Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, and you will find this stainless-steel merman at the harbourfront cultural centre Kulturværftet. A great feature in the city for those interested in modern art.

Ferry trip to Sweden

The ferry terminal is a two-minute walk from the hotel. The ferries between Denmark and Sweden depart at regular intervals. The crossing takes just 20 minutes, and in the Swedish sister city of Helsingborg you will find shopping, restaurants and cultural experiences.

You won’t necessarily need to disembark in Sweden. You can also simply choose to enjoy the sailing trip while dining in the ferry restaurant, or relax on the sundeck in the sea breeze with a cup of coffee.