A short drive north of Copenhagen you find Helsingør. For Denmark it is a pretty big city but in an international context it is fairly small. The city has been among the biggest cities in Denmark for as long as there has been reliable statistics on the Danish population which is back to 1801. So there has been a city up here for many years and fortunately a good deal of the old city has survived till today.
The old town is actually pretty small – since a big town in Denmark a couple of centuries ago wasn’t all that big – it was only Copenhagen which had more than 100,000 inhabitants back then. And Copenhagen was by far the biggest city in Denmark – actually the second biggest city in Denmark was Charlotte Amalie which had around 10,000 inhabitants – and Charlotte Amalie was actually located in the Danish West Indies Island which is now the US Virgin Islands. So a walk around the old town doesn’t take too long.
It is nice to go and wonder around Helsingør – the first stop for most people when they walk away from the train station is Kronborg Castle which is the most impressive castle in Denmark and possible all of northern Europe. Most people will probably head there to have a look at the castle but it is well worth to go and explore the old town after the visit to the castle.
There are a lot of pretty old houses around the city and there is also an old church and monastery in the old town called Saint Marie Kirke which is located right next to the city museum of Helsingør which is located in an old hospital which was the oldest hospital in the town next to the old monastery.
Wondering around the old buildings you may notice there are a lot of shops which seems to specialize in selling alcoholic beverages in large quantities. If you have seen the alcohol prices in Denmark it is hard to imagine Denmark as a destination to go shopping for cheap alcohol – but Helsingør is in fact the top destination in Denmark for shopping for cheap alcohol. There is a ferry to Sweden which only takes 20 minutes and despite the high alcohol prices in Denmark the price of beer and wine is still much lower than across the water in Sweden. So on a daily basis hundreds of swedes arrive in Helsingør shopping for lots of cheap beer.