In Denmark, Helsingør (Elsinore) Inaugurates A Harbor Perfect For Small Luxury Vessels

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

To inaugurate the harbor, soldiers in period costumes fired real cannons across the harbor. © 2013 Monica Frisk

Providing easy access for cruise passengers, Culture Harbor Kronborg is a new international harbor that links the harbor with Helsingør’s city center and Hamlet’s castle (yes, the one that inspired Shakespeare).

On Saturday, we visited Helsingør (or as it is also known in English, Elsinore) for the inauguration of a new “culture harbor.”

The culture aspect derives from the fact that the harbor is set between the historic city center and one of the world’s most famous Renaissance castles, Kronborg, the inspiration and setting for William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.

“Today, we inaugurated a new culture harbor, Kronborg, which is a project that has been underway for seven years now,” Benny Carlsen, port manager for the Port of Elsinore, told us.

The new harbor can accommodate vessels up to 150 meters (about 500 feet). Next Sunday, June 2, Swan Hellenic’s Minerva will be the first to call at the harbor. Minerva measures 437 feet or about 133 meters, so there should be plenty of room to spare. We hope to be there to photograph the vessel in the harbor.

From my perspective, Helsingør could be a perfect port of call for small luxury ships.

  • Helsingborg, Sweden is only 20 minutes away by ferries that run three times an hour and are within easy walking distance of the harbor. The ferries are a fun way to get to Helsingborg and back. Plus, Helsingborg has a lot to offer. Check out our Youtube video: Helsingborg, ‘The Real Sweden,’ Say Grand Princess Passengers
  • Copenhagen is about 40 minutes away by train or bus (the station is within walking distance of the harbor).
  • More easily accessible than from Copenhagen: the Fredensborg Palace and Frederiksborg Castle, which are typically offered along with Kronborg on Castle Tour of North Zealand shore excursions from Copenhagen.
  • A new Maritime Museum will open on June 29, 2013.

Of course, you could just hang out in Helsingør. In addition to touring Kronborg, there’s a lot to see and do. For advice, check out our Port Profile featuring Helsingør.

Benny Carlsen is certainly proud of his city and thinks cruise passengers will enjoy their time there. ”We have a very nice historic city center and an unstressed atmosphere,” he says. “We are a small town where living is quite easy.” And as of Saturday, access for cruise passengers is equally as easy.

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Benny Carlsen, port manager for the Port of Elsinore in Helsingør (Elsinore), Denmark. © 2013 Monica Frisk

Photos From Saturday’s Inauguration of Culture Harbor Kronborg

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

A girl's marching band played. © 2013 Monica Frisk

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Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Kronborg castle in the background. © 2013 Monica Frisk

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cannons were fired by soldiers in period costumes. © 2013 Monica Frisk

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Harbor view. © 2013 Monica Frisk

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Benny Carlsen, port manager for the Port of Elsinore in Helsingør (Elsinore), Denmark. © 2013 Monica Frisk

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

A harbor for the town of Helsingør. © 2013 Monica Frisk

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Coffee break? © 2013 Monica Frisk

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

A daylong festival with actors and music. © 2013 Monica Frisk

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

A happy day for Danes, especially the citizens of Helsingør. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Smiling faces. © 2013 Monica Frisk

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Cultural Harbor Kronborg Inauguration

Reliving the grand old days in Denmark. © 2013 Monica Frisk

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