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Port of Helsingor, Home of Hamlet

Helsingor is the destination where history meets the sea. Historic and Modern. Maritime and urban. This is Home of Hamlet and Kronborg Castle, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The entire waterfront of the city has in 2010 been revitalized for 175 million Euro and remodeled under the Culture Harbor project incl. re-establishing the original rampart layouts of Kronborg Castle and turning an old shipyard into a modern culture and museum center, ‘The Culture Yard’ and the Danish Maritime Museum drawn by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. Helsingor is a renaissance town with a great history. It has a small town charm with an idyllic, historic town centre. Helsingor offers easy access to more than 30 attractions within maximum 30 min. of transportation. Frederiksborg Castle, stunning and beautiful interior and remarkable gardens. Fredensborg Palace, the Royal family's summer residence. Each summer, Kronborg Castle hosts the Shakespeare Festival, international stars portraying Prince Hamlet. Former Hamlets count Richard Burton, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Jude Law.

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Useful information

Language

Danish

Distance from pier to city center


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 city center

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.

Port information

Port of Helsingor - Home of Hamlet A large increase in the number of cruise passengers to the Baltic Sea opens up opportunities for Port of Helsingor, the gateway to the Baltic Sea. We are a small charming port who accommodate small and large cruise vessels such as Queen Mary 2 and Princess Pacific.

Royal Quay (Kongekajen)

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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Port Reception Facilities

Kings Quay/ Berth no. 3

Direct shore connections available: YesNumber and maximum flow rate: 1/ships pumps (max pressur)Direct downstream to municipal facilities: YesMARPOL standard connections fitted: YesBarges available: 0 Learn more

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

0,48 EURO/GT

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

Included in harbour dues

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
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Pier
Personal welcome
Musical welcome
Cruise guest national flags
Shopping & Attractions
Shops open on Sundays

Some shops might be open, list on request.

Museums offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit
Destination has special offers for crew
Free city maps

Maps are provided at the tourist information at the quay.

City Cards for sale

Copenhagen Card. Discover Helsingor, the region and Copenhagen’s beautiful castles, fairy tale history, fascinating museums, all of which are included with the Copenhagen Card. The card includes transportation with train.

Port
Independent guest reception and help
Local life and events with locals
Signed route from pier to city centre and/or public transport

Maps are provided at the tourist information at the quay.

Tourist information (office or maps) in port area

There will always be a guide from the tourist office 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
Destination collaboration
Authorized guides

Please contact VisitNorthsealland or your agent for further informations.

Possiblity for special arrangements and flexibility

Please contact Port Manager Jesper Schrøder: jsc02@helsingor.dk for further informations.

Destination video available for Cruise Lines
Transport
City centre within 1 km from pier

Town center is 200 meters away from quay.

Publicly regulated taxis

Can be ordred. Please ask VisitNorthsealland or your agent.

Bike rental including map or GPS

Can be ordred. Please ask VisitNorthsealland or your agent.

Turnaround facilities
Cruise-ready hotels
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

Selected attractions

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

Kronborg Castle, The home of Hamlet

Home of Hamlet, immortalized by Shakespeare. One of three Danish UNESCO sites. 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 and the ballroom (the longhest room of its kind in Northern Europe) and the underground casemates. Every summer (June-August) Hamlet and his family take up residence ind the castle during "Hamlet Live". In the second week of August the "Shakespeare Theater Festival" takes place at a scene outside the castle.

Maritime Museum of Denmark (M/S Søfart)

One of Denmark's most talked about and spectacular museums, design by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. Situated in front of Hamlets Castle is the shape of a huge ship, built underground and surrounding the ports 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

Helsingors multicultural house: The Ship Yard Museum, public library, café, free acces to internet, international newspapers and computers. From the outside the sail-inspired facade of glass and steel present a modern sculpted apperance. Inside the old shipyard buildings are preserved as a historial core; you will find ra concrete walls, exposed ceiling beams, magnificnet windows and balconies facing the harbour. The amount af visitors has been stedadily rising. In 2015 the total exceeded 700.000 guests.

The Sculpture HAN

On the far end of the pier in front of the Culture Yard you will find the sculpture HAN (meaning HE in english). The young male in polished steel was created by the world famous artists duo Elmgreen & Dragset and it has become a landmark for Kulturhavn Kronborg and Helsingor. HAN is a clear referance to the classic "Little Mermaid" in Copenhagen. The Danish-Norwegian artist-duo Elmgreen & Dragset, who are based in Berlin, is also famous for "The Rocking Horse Boy" at Trafalgar Square in London and the Venice Biennial in 2009. Despite his young life, HAN has already become an international tourist attraction.

Old Town Helsingor

Helsingor is a renaissance town. The town was founded in the 1200s. Helsingor's old town is full of history. The city is shaped by the prosperity that followed with the Sound Dues, and a trek through Helsingors old town center offers a good insight into the city's history. The cityscape is characterized by beautiful Gothic town houses, neoclassical mansions and well-equipped buildings from the late 1700s. Stengade is the pedestrian street is lined with shops, cafés with outdoor seating.

Castle tour

Three castle in one day: Frederiksborg Castle, stunning and beautiful interior and remarkable gardens. Fredensborg Palace, photo stop at the Royal family's summer residence. Kronborg Castle, UNESCO World Heritage site.

Exciting extras

Frederiksborg Castle

Denmark’s greatest Renaissance castle and famed for its elegant Baroque Garden.

Fredensborg Castle

Named Little Versailles, summer residence of the Queen of Denmark and the royal family.

Louisiana

World famous international art museum, Giacometti, Picasso, Warhol, extraordinary sculpture park. Oresound view.

Rungstedlund

Home of late, world famous author Karen Blixen (aka. Isak Dinesen). Open to the public.

Events

1 Jun 2021
30 Aug 2021
In Hamlet's World
Place:
Category: Folklore
Join a guided tour around Hamlet’s World. When you reach the courtyard, you might step straight into the part of the drama where Hamlet finds out that his father the King was murdered by his uncle Claudius. You will also explore the secret corridors of the castle where Hamlet’s tragic destiny unfolds. “In Hamlet’s World” is a guided tour featuring an itinerary of nightly ghosts, devious poisoning, unrequited love and deadly duels. During this guided tour, you hear the story of Hamlet, and if you are lucky, you might get to see what happens to Hamlet and the other residents of the castle when the truth of the regicide is revealed.
27 Jul 2021
1 Aug 2021
Street Theater Festival
Place:
Category: Folklore
The PASSAGE Festival is the largest international street theater festival in the Nordic countries with world class performances for the whole family in both Helsingor and Helsingborg. The PASSAGE Festival both opens and ends with performances that in each way take the street theater to new heights and defy gravity in the two health resorts. Of course, this is not going to happen in the meantime: You can experience the long awaited clown performance of synchronous swimming, artists shooting with fireworks, kissing on benches, creating magic in the dark of the tent, trying to maintain unrest and disorder and tuner mopeds and delicious hair to the extreme!
1 Aug 2021
16 Aug 2021
Shakespeare Festival
Place:
Category: Folklore
THE FESTIVAL IS CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 IN 2020. Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s castle is a Danish event which in 1816 established the Shakespeare tradition at Kronborg Castle. The spectacular and amazing world class interpretations of Shakespeare are produced by some of the most prestigious theatre companies. The performance takes place in the open air in the courtyard of the castle.
15 Aug 2021
15 Aug 2021
Old historic Market
Place:
Category: Folklore
Every year we celebrate the Soundtoll market in Helsingor. With the skirt’s crackle, crunchy comedies and cannons from Kronborg, we turn the time back to the old Helsingor. With old wooden ships in the harbor, trade stalls with 19th century goods along the waterfront and hundreds of actors in historical costumes, we are reliving for a single day the greatness of Helsingor as a Soundtoll destination, when the historic market resumes in authentic atmosphere.

Varied Shore Excurions

From international attractions to localhood experiences Ball at Kronborg Castle The ballroom is Northern Europe’s finest and has been the setting of numerous royal celebrations. Now we open the floor for your guests.

CLASSIC & POPULAR

Royalty for a Day
Kronborg Castle, the Royal Family’s summer residence Fredensborg Castle, Frederiksborg Castle, beautiful landscapes of North Sealand.
Helsingor Walk
THROUGH HELSINGOR’S 800-YEAR HISTORY Now you can follow the blue dots through the town of Helsingør, or Helsingor as it is called in English. A town that has become world-famous for Kronborg Castle and Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, and enjoy a glimpse of an era when the Sound Dues ensured the city’s prosperity for more than 400 years. Ancient cobbled streets, beautiful bourgeois houses. The Town Museum, the Saint Olai Cathedral, The Carmelite Monastery.
Hamlet Live
Live from Hamlet June, July, August. Hamlet, his family and enemies take up residence in Kronborg Castle. Interactive theatre gives the audience access to the famous characters’ everyday life.
On the trail of Hamlet
A Shakespeare dramitized walk at Hamlets Castle. Hamlet himself take your for a tour at his castle. He opens up doors that only he has the kee to.
Kronborg classic castle tour
Kronborg Castle is one of northern Europe's best preserved renaissance castles and the most renowned Danish castle, made famous by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site. A must see.
Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare Festival – first two weeks of august. Open-air theatre at Kronborg Castle in Helsingor.

NEW & ADVENTUROUS

Taste of Helsingor – feast your eyes, relish the food
Get the town’s fascinating history, stroll, sample Helsingor produce; homemade rye bread, Baagoe salami and Brostraede Icecream.
Love on a bike
A bike tour hand in hand a long The Danish Riviera.
Zipline in The National Park
Zipline through The National Park 'Royal North Sealand'.

Contacts

Port of Helsingor
Jesper Schrøder
Port Manager