Chasing castle is how I described this and the last press (Chasing castles I) because I rushed (literally) from Hillerod to Helsingor.
According to the Copenhagen Card guide, Kronborg closes at 3pm. The information centre told me earlier that it closes at 4pm (that’s why it was suggested that I visit Frederiksborg Slot first). I was a bit confused and not feeling sure if I will be able to reach Kronborg in time. I reached Helsingor at 2+pm and by the time I reached the castle, it was 3pm and still open! So much for the mini-adventure! Phew!
It’s funny how the below photos were taken in reverse order (inside-out) because I reckoned I could still take pictures of the castle from the outside after the castle closes and not waste the limited time I had to explore Hamlet’s castle.
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then the whining schoolboy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
Copenhagen Card Guide 2012/2013: Kronborg is a must-see! ‘Hamlet’s Castle’ in Elsinore is a world heritage site with soaring towers, a huge banqueting hall and damp casemates.
Copenhagen Card Guide 2012/2013: There are few sites in the world where so much drama and history are gathered in one place. Here the cannon-surrounded fortress on the Danish coast merges with the luxurious Renaissance castle.
There are trade-offs in traveling (and life). Sometimes I had to take less photos so I have more time to explore. I guess it’s better to have memories of more things you saw than to have more pictures and see less….