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Moscow, Moskva, Russia
August 29, 2011
city of Anderson,
Slot of Denmark
lincoln, United Kingdom
December 6, 2003
Getting there is simple, take a train from the main station in Copenhagen (platform 4), ticket prices are about 70-80 DKK (£7-8) for a return. As always, the counter staff members in the ticket bureau in the train station are exceptionally helpful and will make sure you get the right train.
The journey to Helsingor takes about 45 minutes with trains leaving every 20 minutes and there are numerous stops along the way, taking you through the suburbs of Copenhagen before heading out into the Danish countryside.
On arrival at Helsingor station, turn right out of the exit and, to be honest, you can't miss the castle. A huge Gothic fortress that virtually dominates the town, it's about a 15-minute stroll from the station.
You can walk for free around the moat, battlements and defence positions that surround the Castle and it certainly gives you an idea it's size and former grandeur. The Castle’s roofs are a bright green-blue, the result of the copper tiles corroding, but some restoration was going on whilst we were there.
The price to enter the Castle is between 40Dkk to 60 DKK ( £4-£6) depending on much you want to see. The 60 DKK ticket allows you into the underground casements, the Maritime museum and Castle chapel, and for 60DKK it is worth the price.
What do you get for your money? Well, actually a little bit of a disappointment. The anticipation is not met by the reality of the Castle itself. The underground casements are very eerie if you are wandering on your own. This was where the executing, torturing as well as billeting was carried out and it is very easy to get spooked if you have a vivid imagination.
The Chapel is interesting for its ornately carved pews and altar but very little else.
The maritime museum is interesting, giving an idea into Danish naval history, as well as explaining the importance of Kronberg Castle and it's strategic position. There are some stunning nautical models here, both old and new, and we actually enjoyed this as much as the main Castle.
The Castle itself, as said, is disappointing. It houses some huge rooms, with grand tapestries and furniture from the period, but very little of the fixtures and fittings from the time, which gives a very detached and unreal feeling to the Castle. Descriptions of the furniture are sometimes in English and Danish, but as you are aware that the furniture does not really belong there it simply adds to the unreal feeling inside the Castle.
The rest of Heslingor town does not have too much to recommend itself other than a rather small old quarter and local museum. To be fair, after the Castle, unless you are hungry or thirsty, just jump on a train back to Copenhagen.
From journal 4 days in Copenhagen