A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kronborg Castle is the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet and the top tourist attraction in Helsingor.
In the northeast of town, on a peninsula in the Øresund, the towering edifice is plainly visible from afar. Originally, a fortress built around 1420 by Eric of Pomerania stood here.
A new castle, a four-winged edifice with an enclosed inner courtyard, was built between 1574 and 1584 under Frederick II. After a catastrophic fire in 1629, King Christian IV had the castle rebuilt between 1635 and 1640.