Kronborg is all militant in its architecture and ghostly in its literary associations. But Marienlyst Slot, built by French architect N. H. Jardin from 1759 to 1763, is a place where you might actually live. In fact, up until 1953, it was a private residence before being turned into a museum. The location is 1km (2/3 mile) north of Helsingør. Allow 30 minutes or so to wander in the well-landscaped park surrounding the Slot. There's a panoramic view of the Sound from the top of a steep slope behind the palace.
In the 16th century, King Frederik II used this site for his summer gardens before the present palace was constructed. The interior is in the Louis XVI style, with a collection of lackluster paintings. One intrigued us as an oddity: The painting is half Venice, half Copenhagen. To lure English romantics in the 19th century, locals claimed that "Hamlet's grave" could be found in the garden out back. Thinking Hamlet was an actual prince, these visitors were instructed "to think melancholy thoughts."
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