Gateway to the Baltic Sea, Helsingør is seafaring history is at its finest. But, it is perhaps it is Helsingør’s artistic, notably literary, history that has made it famous. For right in the center of the pretty Danish town is Kronborg Castle, a.k.a. Hamlet’s castle. One of the many mysteries surrounding the English bard, whether he actually visited Kronborg Castle remains uncertain but just adds to the romance of the town. In Hamlet, Shakespeare called Kronborg Castle Elsinore, which has now become the English name for Helsingør – in any case, there is no mystery as to why UNESCO added the castle onto its World Heritage list in 2000! Just one hour north of Copenhagen, the town is a lovely fusion of historic and modern, maritime and urban. The 800-year old town centre with its ancient cobbled streets and traditional bourgeois houses are just picture perfect, while the recent 175-million euro renovation of the waterfront has seen it become the home of “The Culture Yard” and the Danish Maritime Museum, designed by the visionary architect Bjarke Ingles. For those of you who simply don’t want to let the grass grown under their feet, Helsingor is connected to the similarly named Helsingborg in Sweden, just a short 20-minute ferry ride across the harbour.