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Kronborg Castle, in Helsingør about 45 kilometers north of Copenhagen, is known the world over as the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet. A renaissance building with strong fortifications, it boasts all the trimmings of a 'real' castle, including turrets and a moat, and was ordered to be built by Frederik II in 1586. The statue outside is of Danish folk hero Holger Danske, whose remains are said to be buried in the crypt underneath Kronborg. It's also said he will rise again to defend his nation, should Denmark ever need him. Kronborg holds an annual Hamlet summer Festival every August, when Shakespeare's timeless tragedy is reinterpreted by internationally acclaimed theatre groups.