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Kronborg Castle

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Kronborg Castle

Known as the home of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, from the tragedy written by William Shakespeare.
Kronborg is situated at the northeastern tip of Sjaelland where the sailingroute through Oresund is very narrow.
In the old days when Denmark controlled both sides of Oresund ships coming through from the Baltic Sea had to pay taxes here.

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C: Kronborg Castle Courtyard Helsingor

by Flemming V. Larsen, 110 meters away

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E: Kronvaerksporten at Kronborg Castle

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H: The Town Hall in Stengade

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