“Once upon a time, there was a…” This is the introductory to many fairy tales, right? We all used to love to listen to the fairy-tales from our parents or read them in books with great pleasure. The most beloved ones were from famous Hans Christian Andersen, also known as “Andersen’s Fairy-tales.”
Andersen, who would take us on a ride to the magical worlds, is a famous storyteller, writer, and a poet. He was born in 1805 in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. He had lived there for his whole life until his death in 1875. The Little Mermaid, which is the symbol of Copenhagen today, is a gift from him to us all. The Carlsberg Family had the statue of the Little Mermaid made and placed at the Langelinie Quay in dedication of their fondness and respect for Andersen in 1913.
The Castle of Hamlet (Kronborg Castle)
Do not settle only with the statue of the Little Mermaid although it is one of the symbols of Denmark. It would be a good idea to travel to Helsingor to see the Castle of Hamlet and Frederiksborg Castle, which are considered as the symbols of Denmark. Kronborg Castle that is also known as the Castle of Hamlet had been built between 1574-1585. Shakespeare had written his famous tragedy Hamlet inspired by the structure even though he had never visited it. In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of his death, Hamlet was staged at Kronborg Castle. A naval museum is located in the castle at the present.
King Frederik II had the castle built initially on three islets in a natural lake of Hillerod as a hunting mansion in 1560. Then King Christian IV had the old one replaced after his father’s death at the beginning of 1600s. The castle was used mainly for coronation ceremonies for years. The gold and silver horse statues in the castle are striking. Built in a way to allow the King to embrace his people during the prayers, a temple with private security is located right besides the horses.