The real-life Elsinore castle that was the setting in Shakespeare’s Hamlet is available to rent for one night.
Officially called Kronborg Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Denmark’s Helsingø has been listed on Airbnb in the lead up to 23 April – the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death – when a select few will get to stay in the King’s Tower.
‘The ghost of my father may or may not walk the ramparts at night,’ reads the listing, written from the point of view of Prince Hamlet. ‘It is advisable to sleep with one eye open.’
Nobody has slept in the Renaissance castle, dating back to the late 16th century, for more than 100 years. But for the one night, 300 guests will be treated like royalty and their rooms come equipped with a canopy bed, embroidered throw pillows and an antique toilet.
There will also be a seven-course banquet in the main ballroom, where Danish actors, writers, singers and Royal Danish Ballet dancers will provide entertainment.
Those interested have until 13 April to enter with a mini essay on why they deserve a stay at Hamlet’s castle. Extra points for submissions written in iambic pentameter, of course…