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Quietly Wonderful Helsingor awaits

Port of Helsingor - Home of Hamlet

Helsingor is the destination where history meets the sea. Historic and Modern. Maritime and urban. This is the Home of Hamlet and Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The entire waterfront of the town was revitalized and remodeled during a Culture Harbor project in 2010. The original rampart layouts of Kronborg Castle were re-established and parts of the Old Shipyard were turned into a modern place for culture and museum: “The Culture Yard” and “The Danish Maritime Museum. 

Helsingor is a Renaissance town with a great history. It has a small-town charm with an idyllic, historic town center. The town offers easy access to more than 30 attractions within a maximum of 30 minutes of transportation. Attractions such as Frederiksborg Castle, the Royal family's summer residence at Fredensborg, Kronborg Castle, and the Shakespeare Festival.

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What you need to know

Language

Danish

Distance from the pier to the old Town


Royal Pier no 3: 200 meters.

Transportation to/from airport

Train to/from Copenhagen Airport departs 3 times/hour. Travel time approximately 1 hour. No bus connection. By car approximately 1 hour.

Currency

Danish Krone DKK - most shops and attractions accepts Euro.

Transport to/from the old Town

Most sights are within walking distance from the harbour.

City Card

Copenhagen Card. Most attractions and train rides in Helsingor are included in the Copenhagen Card.

Important Port Matters

The Port of Helsingor is the gateway to the Baltic Sea. A small charming port that accommodates small and medium-sized cruise ships. 


Royal Quay (Kongekajen) No. 3

Max LOA: 150 meters Max depth: 6,8 meters Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Mixed use Fenders available (brand and type): Trelleborg V- fenders Bollard strength: 20 tons Learn more
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Covid-19 Information

There are currently no COVID-19 restrictions in any of the 31 Cruise Baltic destinations. If the situation changes, this section will be updated with the necessary information regarding each port and destination.

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

4,04 DKK/GT

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

7,67 DKK/PAX

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
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Pier
Personal welcome
Musical welcome and/or farewell
Cruise guest national flags
Shopping
Shops open on Sundays

Some shops might be open - list on request.

Port
Independent guest reception and help
Signed walking route from pier to city centre and/or public transport

Maps are provided at the quay.

Tourist information

There will always be a guide represented during the call.

Money exchange in port area

Only 200 m from the port area cruise guest can exchange money.

Free Wi-Fi in port
Free city maps
Destination collaboration/shore excursions
Authorized guides

Please get in touch with your agent for further information.

Transport
City centre within 1 km from pier

The old Town is 50 meters away from the quay.

Publicly regulated taxis

It can be ordered. Please get in touch with your agent.

Bike rental including map or GPS

It can be ordered. Please get in touch with your agent.

Credit cards accepted in taxis
Turnaround facilities
Direct flights to USA

Yes, via CPH Airport and only 60 km away. Easy access by train from Helsingor to the airport. One hour by train.

Airport less than one hour drive from port

Approx. one hour from CPH Airport.

Airport less than one hour drive from city centre
Free Wi-Fi in airport

Destination Highlights

Helsingor is the destination where history meets the sea. Historic and Modern. Maritime and urban. This is the Home of Hamlet and Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Easy access from the pier to attractions - most in walking distance.

Kronborg Castle - The home of Hamlet

Home of Hamlet, immortalized by Shakespeare. A Danish UNESCO site. The four-wing castle is a masterpiece of Danish Renaissance architecture. The copper-covered towers and spires adorning the building and the church gable are especially impressive. One can visit the Royal Chambers, the church, the ballroom, and the underground casemates. Besides visits to Kronborg Castle, it’s possible to rent rooms and areas at the castle for events such as dinners and gala, a grand party, meetings, conferences, weddings, and much more. There are suitable rooms for anything between 25 and 1000 guests.

M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark

One of Denmark's most talked about and spectacular museums, designed by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. Situated in front of Hamlets Castle is the shape of a huge ship, built underground and surrounding the port's old dry dock. Visionary presentation of the story of Denmark as one of the world's leading shipping nations in dramatic settings of films, soundscapes, and models. Do not miss it.

The Culture Yard - A Multicultural House

Helsingors Multicultural House – The Culture Yard – is built into the town’s old Shipyard wrapped in modern architecture and facilities. A place with Tourist Information, a Public Library, a Café, a local Shipyard Museum, and the City Museum of Helsingor. From the outside, the sail-inspired facade of glass and steel presents a modern sculpted appearance. Inside the old shipyard, the building is preserved, combining concrete walls with exposed ceiling beams, magnificent windows, and balconies facing the Harbor. The perfect place for cultural activities or the place where you can enjoy lunch at the café while looking at Kronborg Castle.

The Sculpture HAN

In front of the Culture Yard, you will find the sculpture HAN, in English “HE”. It’s a sculpture of a young male in polished steel, created by the world-famous artists duo Elmgreen & Dragset. HAN is a clear reference to the classic "Little Mermaid" in Copenhagen. The Danish-Norwegian artist-duo Elmgreen & Dragset is also famous for "The Rocking Horse Boy" at Trafalgar Square in London and their participation at the Venice Biennial in 2009.

Old Town Helsingor

Helsingor is a Renaissance town, founded in the 1200s and shaped by the prosperity that followed with the collection of the Øresund toll while the Danish King controlled the entrance to the Baltic Sea. The old town offers a good insight into the history of Helsingor with its characteristic Gothic townhouses, neoclassical mansions, The Cathedral Saint Olaf's Church, the former Carmelite Priory, and St. Mary's Church.

A Shipbrokers Home & Office

The Museum Skibsklarerergaarden is the house of a Shipbroker as it looked like around 1800. Visiting the museum is like stepping 200 years back in time with the possibility to sense an original provisions shop, the office where the cargo was registered, and the place where the toll for passing Øresund was paid, and finally to experience the private home of the Shipbroker.

Exciting extras

Frederiksborg Castle

Denmark’s greatest Renaissance castle and museum with magnificent halls, portraits, history paintings, and special exhibitions. Frederiksborg Castle is also known for its Baroque Garden and the Romantic Garden where the small Bath House Castle is located.

Fredensborg Palace

Named Little Versailles, the summer residence of the Royal Family. The Palace Garden is one of Denmark’s largest Baroque gardens. As a part of the Palace Garden there is the “Valley of the Norsemen” with 68 sandstone figures representing Norwegian and Faroese farmers and fishermen.

Louisiana – Museum for Modern Art

The museum is the most visited museum for modern and contemporary art in Scandinavia. It is one of the most beautiful museums in the world due to its harmonious architecture and scenic location and its extraordinary sculpture park with a view of The Sound.

Rungstedlund - Karen Blixen Museum

At Rungstedlund, it's possible to get closer to the life and authorship of Karen Blixen, as well as to visit the beautiful former home where Karen Blixen’s private apartments remain exactly as she left them at her death in 1962. The beautiful garden surrounding the house is open to the public all year.

The Sculptures of Rudolph Tegner

The Rudolph Tegner Museum and Sculpture Park is set in the middle of a protected area and is dedicated to the oeuvre of the sculptor Rudolph Tegner and exhibits some 250 of Tegner's sculptures as well as models in plaster, clay, bronze, and marble. The scenic park features 14 of his enormous statues.

Danish Museum of Science & Technology

The museum has successfully built one of the finest collections of science and technology in Northern Europe. Among other things, the museum has scales from the 17th century and a collection of objects used by the famous Danish scientist H.C. Orsted to discover electromagnetism in 1820. A discovery that made him world famous.

What’s on right now in Helsingor?

29 Jul 2024
3 Aug 2024
Street Theater Festival
Place:
Category: Folklore
The PASSAGE Festival is one of Northern Europe’s largest living street theatre festivals, presenting performances in the streets, at the harbor, on the beach, and in the surrounding areas. PASSAGE Festival presents both Danish and international artists, premieres and classics, avantgarde experimentation, and classic circus and street theatre. All in public spaces, side by side. In the Old Town and spread out geographically in the surrounding of Helsingor.
5 Aug 2024
11 Aug 2024
Elsinore Shakespeare Festival
Place:
Category: Folklore
Elsinore Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle is a Danish event which in 1816 established the Shakespeare tradition at Kronborg Castle. The performance takes place in the open air in front of the castle.

Excursions – on and off the beaten path

We are, for the moment working on new ideas for shore excursions.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch

Port of Helsingor
Lise Lotte Blicher Bendtsen
Cruise Manager
lisbe@helsingor.dk Direct: +45 4928 1082
Nordhavnsvej 13
3000 Helsingør, Denmark
Port of Helsingor
Port officer on duty
havnevagten@helsingor.dk Direct: +45 4921 0515
Nordhavnsvej 13
3000 Helsingør, Denmark