“To Be Or Not To Be!” We made it to Kronborg!

Hi Friends,

Well, today I just  knocked another one off the bucket list. Ever since taking Ms. Leadingham’s Shakespeare class senior year, I have wanted to visit “The Hamlet Castle.” Today I did!

I know that I have done a lot of “look how cool this castle is,” posts, but this one takes the cake. Kronberg is huge, surrounded my moats, creepy underground chambers, and has the biggest great hall in all of Northern Europe.

I can see why Hamlet was such a downer!
I can see why Hamlet was such a downer!
All it needs is some Gators in that moat.
All it needs is some Gators in that moat.

Originally built as a fortress to protect from the nearby Swedes in the 1420’s, this place was built up one hundred years later into one of the most famous renaissance castles in Europe. It was used to collect taxes from ships that sailed through the sound, to the Baltic Sea.  Christian IV who later built a large majority of the grand/famous places in Denmark, also rebuilt Kronborg after it was destroyed in 1629.

Krongborg was known by all of Europe as the scene of the wildest parties in the world. These affairs could last days and occasionally weeks, and were held in the Great Hall I mentioned earlier:

Imagine the Bar-Mitzvah possibilities.
Imagine the Bar-Mitzvah possibilities.

These parties are where two of Shakespeare’s actor colleagues worked for a few years and they told Will all about life in Kronberg. At these bashes, tt was considered rude to turn down food from The Monarchs, so people would eat 8-10 kilos of food per day. Sounds like heaven!   One person also had a pot and a feather and if you were full, you would tickle your throat so you could throw up and keep going. Beer was imported from Germany (soldiers got 8 liters of Danish brew per day as a paycheck), and white wine was popular. The Queen still occasionally has parties here, but they are not nearly as “Project X esque” as the 17th century throw-downs.

Scholars are 50/50 on whether Will actually visited Kronberg or not, but it is undoubtedly Prince Hamlet’s Elsinore Castle. Every August they put on the play in the main courtyard, which would be really cool to see.

Other cool fact was that the Queen and King had a person whose job was to sleep in their beds all day to keep them warm. I would thrive in this role.  Also, they still have a ton of nice stuff inside, but due to a Swedish occupation in 1658, many of the treasures are  stuck across the water.

Creepy Passageways Below. 4000 Soldiers could live down here. They were put below horses because they were worth less:

Hobbits live here.
Hobbits live here.

Holger the Dane is a legendary Danish warrior who will wake up if Denmark is in trouble. I consider him a friend.

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Twins!
Twins!

We also went outside Fredensborg Palace:

The Royal "Summer House"
The Royal “Summer House”

Very Cool. Will have to tour at some point. Like I said, I have done a lot of kingdom posts, but look what I am dealing with here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_castles_and_palaces_in_Denmark

Got to run. First really big test tomorrow.

Cheers,

Kyle David Weiss: Professional Tourist

Hamlet Wisdom

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be:
For loan oft loses both itself and friend.”

“This above all — to thine own self be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

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