Find a cheap holiday at Risskov and discover the many historic cities around the country. Find a car holiday in Denmark with child-friendly hotels and go on a historical experience. One of the gems on the historical map is certainly Elsinore, which is known to be the setting for probably one of the most famous buildings in Denmark. The old fortress and castle originally dates back to the 13th century, first known as Krogen and later, in the 1500s, renamed Kronborg Castle. Immortalized in Shakespeare's famous "Hamlet", where the same, Prince of Kronborg, uttered the famous words: "To be or not to be - that is the question."
A slightly different question, however, that the owners of the ships sailing through the Sound had to ask themselves was why they had to pay duty to be allowed to sail their ships in and out of the Baltic Sea, through the Sound. But Kronborg's strategic location at the very tip, at the narrowest point of the Sound, gives a good idea of the impact the cannonballs could have on the fragile merchant ships that carried goods through the Sound, if customs duties were not paid to the Danish treasury. The duty was only abolished in 1857 with the payment of a hefty compensation to the Danish treasury.
There are several different tours around Kronborg, but the trip down into the casemates, the cellars under Kronborg, is an experience in itself. Visit the famous Danish warrior, Holger Danske, who sleeps in the cellar, where legend has it that he will wake from his sleep the moment Denmark is in danger.
Adjacent to Kronborg is the M/S Maritime Museum, which is a great experience, especially after it was moved to the old dry dock in 2013, giving it new opportunities to showcase its many interesting artefacts. Go on a weekend break or find a last minute hotel at Risskov and get yourself a cheap summer holiday in Elsinore and the surrounding area.
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