for good reason. Senior travelers want to take in Hamlet’s Home
Town of Helsinore (The City by the Sea). Referred to in English as “Helsingor“,
it is a “Place To Go in 2014″ according to New York Times of 52 places
to visit around the world this year.
The Times highlights the new Maritime Museum of Denmark, recently opened and
designed by famous architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group. The city itself has
35,000+ inhabitants and the Helsingor Municipality boasts 60,000+.
Helsingor is the home of famed Kronborg
Castle, a World Heritage Site and the resting place of Holger the Dane.
Legend has it, that if Denmark is attacked, Holger the Dane will rise from his
resting place and defend Denmark.
Hamlet has been performed in the courtyard at Kronborg Castle many times and
each year it welcomes over 200,000 visitors from all over the world. It was
built between 1574 and 1585 by Frederick II in Dutch Renaissance style to
replace an earlier fortress.
The city lies on the northeast coast of Sjaelland, an hour’s train ride
from Copenhagen. Helsingor is now a commercial and administrative centre with
port facilities, varied and mostly small-scale manufacturing, and tourism.
Across the Oresund is Helsingborg, Sweden, which can be reached by a short ferry
will take senior visitors to Helsingor’s front door with visitor information
and suggestions of what to see and do. Helsingor is full of
pedestrian oriented historic streets, just made for ambling along. They contain
a delightful collection of half-timbered houses, Gothic churches and a medieval
cloister, interspersed with interesting shops and good cafés.
Helsingor is an historical place with richly colored, well preserved
architecture and cobblestone streets. It has small-town charm with big
city benefits. While the city is quite expansive, most sights of interest –
besides the technical museum – lies within the compact city centre, so walking
is really the best way to get around.
visitors will fall in love with the castles, museums, churches, woods and
golden, clean beaches. A walk through the old town’s ancient cobbled
streets with the beautiful bourgeois houses is an unforgettable experience. Senior
visitors will see timber-framed houses and restored cobbled by-ways.
There are specialty shops everywhere that sell various and sundry items, but
wine and cheese seem to be the most popular. Some of the narrow alleyways are
almost like little tunnels passing between the rouge-colored masonry of the side
Centrally located are The Church of St. Mary and the Carmelite Monastery,
a great example of late medieval architecture. It has cathedral ceilings
and an organ that is a replica of the one played there from 1660 to 1668 by the
resident organist and composer Dietrich Buxtehude, who greatly influenced the
younger composers of his time.
Make your plans for a visit to Helsingor when you are in Denmark.
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