Elsinore as we know it today was founded in the 1420's by the danish king Erik of Pommern. He established the Sound Toll and build the castle 'Krogen', which was made bigger in the 1580's and named Kronborg. The oldest parts of the cathedral of Elsinore is from the 1200's and tells us that the fishermans village, as Elsinore was then, was a town of a certain importance. At least, there have always been a kind of ferryboats between Elsinore and Helsingborg.
Kronborg Castle is a main tourist attraction.
The municipality of Elsinore covers an area of 122 km², and has a total population of 59,492.