HAMLET COUNTRYSIDE EXCURSION
A Tour to a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Photo by Thomas Rahbek.
from 775 DKK
Audio-guided in English, Italian and Spanish.
With free time to explore on your own.
Wi-fi on board.
We will drive from Copenhagen and take a photostop at the Ermitage Hunting Lodge. Next, we will stop for a picture at Fredensborg Palace. Finally, we will come to Helsingør, where you can visit Hamlet’s castle, UNESCO World Heritage Site (the entrance is included in your ticket).
In Helsingør, you are free to choose your options:
You can go inside Hamlet’s Castle, called Kronborg, or you might like to see Hamlet’s Castle from the outside -- take a walk around the ramparts and get an excellent view over the Øresund, the busy shipping lane between Denmark and Sweden. If you are good at walking, why not take a stroll into the centre of Helsingør and wander around its narrow streets, with buildings that date back to the 1500s.
If you’re interested in nautical history, visit the Maritime Museum (please note that you will not have time to combine this option with a visit to Kronborg). If you’d like to eat something while you’re in Helsingør, at Kultureværftet, the Culture Wharf, you can find the local library, a café and a wide variety of street food.
Make sure that you are back on the bus on time, as we can’t wait for you, if you arrive back late.
The Ermitage Lodge is set in Dyrhaven, the 1,000 acre Royal Deer Park. The park became a UNESCO World heritage Site in 2015. The Ermitage Lodge was built between 1734 and 1736 in Baroque style for King Christian VI. It once had a rather ambitious lift that was built to take a fully laid table from the basement up to the dining room. Unfortunately the lift never really worked properly, resulting in cold soup and an angry King and so it was removed in the late 1700s, with no trace of the apparatus left today. In 1849, King Frederik VII signed the Danish Constitution at the Ermitage, ending absolute monarchy in Denmark.
We travel through the North Sealand woods to Fredensborg Slot, which means Peace Palace in English. The palace was built for King Frederik IV between 1720 and 1726 in Italian country villa style.
When Frederik IV died, his son King Christian VI pulled down the wings of Fredensborg Palace, replacing them with new ones. Fredensborg became a family home when King Christian IX spent the summer months, in the palace, with Queen Louise, their six children and their spouses, plus their 36 grandchildren. Ever since this time the Danish Royal Family have used Fredensborg as their summer palace.
✓ Ermitage Hunting Lodge
✓ Kronborg, Hamlet's Castle
✓ Helsingør’s old town
✓ Fredensborg Palace