Meaning 'Shipwreck Garden', this 1580 terraced building has a feel that has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. The ground floor 'Boutik' (admission free) is maintained as a delightful 1820s chandlery/beer shop. Upstairs, the 1780 house interior (ticket required) can be perused by joining a group tour that teaches you masses about the city's role as a customs and ship-provisioning centre pre-1856.

While tours are supposed to run hourly, in fact you'd do best to call ahead. Keep the ticket as it is also valid for the Helsingør Bymuseum.

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1. Rådhus

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Restored in 2015, the attractive, brick, Gothic 1852 town hall building is particularly appealing at night when light strained through the stained-glass…

2. Sankt Olai Domkirke

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The handsome, red-brick Sankt Olai Domkirke is a Gothic cathedral built in 1559 on the site of a 13th-century original. Eclectic features include a…

3. Helsingør Bymuseum

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5. Han

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A humorous dig at the Little Mermaid, Han is a 2012 male version of that statue in a similar pose to the Copenhagen original but made in gleamingly…

6. Værftsmuseet

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This free museum hosts changing exhibitions that highlight the role of shipbuilding in Helsingør's 19th- and 20th-century history. Once the city's main…

7. M/S Museet for Søfart


Ingeniously built into a dry dock beside Kronborg Slot, this subterranean museum merits a visit as much for its design as for its informative multimedia…

8. Kronborg Slot

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