I suspect that Hamlet must’ve been smoking something hallucinogenic, because I couldn’t find a single thing rotten in Denmark while I was there. It’s a country full of impossibly beautiful people, breathtaking coastal scenery, and a relaxed, accessible cultural vibe that I fell in love with. One of my friends once remarked to me, “If you really want to achieve the American dream, move to Denmark.”
Though most of my time in Denmark was spent in Copenhagen, I also made a day trip out to Elsinore (or Helsingør, in Danish), a city that’s about forty-five minutes away by train. Helsingør is charming and worth a trip in its own right, but its biggest claim to fame is the UNESCO Heritage Site of Kronborg Castle, which is particularly famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet, and so my literary geek brain placed it at the top of my “to see” list.
Helsingør is right on the northern coast of Denmark; it’s the closest city to Sweden, and it’s easy enough to hop across the Øresund strait via ferry. I was content, though, to just spend my day wandering around the castle grounds and through the city’s old cobblestone streets before heading back to Copenhagen.