The Dutch Renaissance castle Kronborg in Elsinore, Denmark, seen from the Sound on a sunny spring day.
The royal Castle Kronborg, famous from Shakespeare's Hamlet, is situated in the city Elsinore, or Helsingør, on the extreme northeastern tip of Sealand at the narrowest point of the Øresund (The Sound), the sound between Denmark and Sweden. In this part the Sound is only 4-5 km wide, hence the strategic importance of maintaining a fortress at this location commanding nearly the only outlet of the Baltic Sea. The castle has for centuries been one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and was added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list on November 30, 2000.
The Castle Kronborg was an important factor in the collection of the Sound dues - a toll on the use of the Sound for passing ships in the 16th and 17th centuries which constituted up to two thirds of Denmark's state income in these centuries.
All foreign ships passing through the strait had to stop at Elsinore and pay the toll to the Danish Crown - otherwise canons in both Elsinore and Helsingborg, Sweden, from the other side of the narrow strait, The Sound, would open fire and make the ships stop.
KRONBORG CASTLE’S unique settings can also be hired for conferences, etc. – also outside normal opening hours.