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Holger Danske, Helsingoer

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  • In the castle Casemates the brooding figure looms large. Seated with arms crossed and eyes shut he manages to still grasp a sword with one hand. Legend has it that he will only awaken when Denmark.....  more
    In the castle Casemates the brooding figure looms large. Seated with arms crossed and eyes shut he manages to still grasp a sword with one hand. Legend has it that he will only awaken when Denmark.....  more »
  • Better check if Holger is sleeping, if not Denmark is in trouble. The story is that Holger Danske always wake up to protect Denmark from "bad guys". 
    Better check if Holger is sleeping, if not Denmark is in trouble. The story is that Holger Danske always wake up to protect Denmark from "bad guys".  more »
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  • Magnificent, larger-than-life statue of the mighty legendary warrior. For history buffs, or anyone interested in European myths and legends, it is a must-see.
  • The statue is imposing. The massive size of Oilger shows that if he were to stand, he'd easily be 10 feet tall, or more. His arms are thicker than my chubby little waist, if he wore jeans, my entire body would be swallowed in one leg. The detail is stunning. The ties on his sandals to the edges of his fingernails are clearly defined. This was worth the whole trip. Don't forget your Holger Danske souvenirs in the gift shop! All price ranges, 5 kroner and up. Postcards, notebooks, statues, posters, even snow globes. Totally cool, authentic drinking horns, even a Holger Danske Ale. The exhibit is so cool! Literally. Wear a sweater/sweatshirt if you run cold. Maybe bring a flashlight for uneven floors. We found a hole by falling in. We found another hole, that dropped down an entire level or more, but it was safely marked off with a barrier wall. We're allowed to look in it, to fall in that one is a deliberate act against common sense (because you'd have to literally climb a wall) The statue is at the start of the casement exhibit, but there's so much more to see on the way through. Watch your head space, low arches in ceiling in places. The stone stairs are so worn, you can see the hundreds of years of people using them. It's a thing that reminds a person how each step leaves an imprint, cumulative through time. A must see at Kronborg Castle. The low price of admission includes all three exhibits and the grounds. Tickets available in the gift shop.

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