The Danish Kronborg Castle is among the most important Renaissance castles of Europe. Shakespeare used its dramatic character for the setting of Hamlet. Although nearly 600 years old, for almost 200 years the castle acted as a prison. The castle’s towers are stoic against the Baltic Sea’s salty wind. Canons exhibit the powerful and strategic position the castle occupies. Castle grounds now house studios for up-and-coming artists. The Kronborg castle is a place of history, elegance, and beauty.