North of Copenhagen to Helsingør

During our holiday in Denmark last year we were based in Copenhagen, but made various day trips to places close by. One took us along the coast north to the town of Helsingør, the home of Hamlet’s castle. Before reaching our destination we stopped off to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, which is located in the village of Humlebæk, some 35 km north of Copenhagen. The museum is a privately funded enterprise and takes its name from the name of the wife of the founder Knud Jensen. It has a modern art, post 1945 collection, temporary exhibitions and a lovely sculpture park which overlooks the waters of the Øresund. The sculptures features many large free standing works including pieces by Henry Moore. The permanent collection is well worth seeing, with some spectacular and colourful paintings. The temporary collection on display while we visited was devoted to Yoko Ono, and a pretty vacuous and uninteresting display it turned out to be. At least for me. Though it did have a rather good poster advertising the exhibition, which you can see below, followed by a giant painting by David Hockney – A Closer Grand Canyon – and finally one of the sculptures.
On to Helsingør, better known in the English speaking world as Elsinore, home to Hamlet, prince of Denmark. Kronborg castle is still there jutting out into the narrow straits between Denmark and Sweden. Dating back to 1540 it is a substantial fortress as you can see below. Now a tourist and cultural centre you too can audition for the part of Hamlet, as Alessio did. Around the perimeter of the castle are some lovely sandstone buildings which now serve as craft shops or cafés.
Helsingør itself is a bustling and lively little town of some 47,000 souls. There does not appear to be any monumental buildings in the town, though it does have a very large and dominating church. Otherwise most of the town is very pleasant, gentle and as apparently everywhere in Denmark, full of very colourful buildings, whether shops, official buildings or houses. Another common feature from elsewhere in Denmark was the profusion of Danish flags just about everywhere. This was the one rainy day we had during our stay and this sequence of photos ends with one which tries to capture the downpour which caught us out while loitering in the main shopping street.


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