HW Pick: Airbnb Invites You to Stay in Hamlet’s Castle

April 7, 2016

castle-denmark-airbnbCN Travel reports that Airbnb continues to outdo itself. In the past, the home-sharing site has allowed travelers to rent a castle, stay in Van Gogh’s bedroom, spend a night in Paris catacombs, and sleep with sharks. And now later this month, Airbnb will open Denmark‘s Kronborg Castle in Elsinore to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

The castle, which sits on the eastern Danish shore, was immortalized in Shakespeare’s tragic play as Elsinore, but no one has spent the night inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site walls for more than a century. This will all change on April 23, when two guests will sleep in the King’s Tower, which the listing claims “boasts fantastic views of the castle moat, the sound and on a starry night, the Swedish coast in the distance.” It’s not just about a unique night’s sleep, though: Before turning in for the night, Danish actors, singers, writers, and the Royal Danish ballet will entertain the lucky winners amidst a seven-course dinner in the main ballroom with 300 guests. Dishes like asparagus with oyster emulsion, boneless quail, and lemon soufflé have been promised, and the entire dinner will be hosted by—who else?—Hamlet himself.

To enter the competition, aspiring guests should submit a note to listing by 11:59 p.m. on April 13, telling the host (Hamlet) why they would like to spend the night in the castle—extra points for incorporating the topics of justice, revenge, and morality, and writing it in iambic pentameter. Not a resident of the region? Worry not: Winners from anywhere in the world outside of Denmark will be flown in for their big night.


Have these halls all to yourself.

The castle sits on the eastern Danish shore.

A canopy bed and all the embroidered throw pillows you could ever want.

Photo 1-3) Airbnb.

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