Marathon on the Rocks

11 Sept 2021

Kronborg & Frederiksborg Castle

Follow in the footsteps of Hamlet in the corridors and halls of Kronborg Castle. Meet the statue of Danish legendary hero, Holger Danske, in the casemates of Kronborg. We also visit Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, known for its National History Museum and the amazing Baroque garden.
8 Sep | 7 hours | 90 EUR

Those of you who would like to learn more about the history of Denmark will visit two of the most reputable castles not only in Denmark, but in all of Scandinavia. After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will get on a bus towards Kronborg in Helsingør it will depart at 9:30 so please be sure to be ready by then.

Our first stop will be Kronborg Castle. Kronborg Castle has been around since the 1420s and is one of the finest Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. Kronborg was immortalized by Shakespeare’s play Hamlet and is often referred to as Hamlet’s Castle. The castle’s strategic position at the entrance to Øresund meant the king was able to keep track of all ships passing into the Baltic Sea. For 400 years, the castle was the headquarter for the collection of the Øresund dues.

Underneath the castle, you will find the casemates - damp passages used for protection during times of war. These underground passages had room for soldiers and their horses, and had provision to feed 350 men for up to 6 weeks. Another treasure lying under the castle is Holger Danske, an impressive stone statue. Holger Danske is a mythical hero in Danish culture, according to the legend, he has been sleeping for hundreds of years and will only wake up to defend Denmark if she is ever under attack. 

Please note that lunch is not included in the excursion, but you will have time to buy lunch at some point during the tour.  

For our second stop, we will head towards Hillerød. Here, in Castle Lake, we will find Frederiksborg Castle sitting on three islets surrounded by a lake and spectacular Baroque gardens. The castle was built in the early 17th century by King Christian IV, it is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. The aim of the castle was to enhance Christian IV's status as a powerful European monarch. After a big fire broke out in 1859, the castle was rebuilt by J.C. Jacobsen, founder of Carlsberg. Since 1878, the castle has housed the Museum of National History. The museum presents 500 years of Danish history illustrated through portraits, paintings, furniture, sculptures and decorative arts. 

After our busy day learning all about Danish history and culture, we will head back to Copenhagen where you will have the evening to relax before we depart for Bornholm the next morning. 

  • About the Tour

    Duration: 7 hours

    Time: 9:30

    Inclusions:

    - Bus to/from Copenhagen to the castles
    - Local guide
    - Entrance to Frederiksborg and Kronborg Castle