Exhibitions

Today, when you visit the castle, you can see permanent exhibitions in the Danehof (Parliament) Chamber, in the Armoury and in the King's Food Cupboard. In addition, there are sometimes special exhibitions at the castle, often in connection with commemorating the anniversary of an important year in the castle's history, or in the lives of kings who lived there or of the town itself. When you visit the castle, you will see furniture and paintings in the various rooms, but none of them are originally from the castle. There is nothing left from the time when Nyborg was one of Denmark's most important towns.

 

Furniture and other furnishings from manor houses and other museums

During the Swedish wars in the 1650's, Nyborg was actually under Swedish control. The castle, like the rest of the town and the whole country, was ravaged by the occupying forces, who left very little behind when they finally went home. Everything of value from the castle was sent to Sweden as the spoils of war, and furnishings were burned as fuel in the fireplaces.

Rumour has it that there was nothing whatsoever remaining in the castle, which actually could be true, since no inventory has ever been found that originated from Nyborg Castle.

When the castle was turned into a museum in the early 1900's, they had to start from scratch. It was impossible to find any furnishings from the castle's royal period. Instead, the rooms were furnished with pieces from Danish manor houses, purchased at auction. To give a glimpse of the grandeur of the kings' residence, the museum leaders also borrowed furnishings from other Danish museums.

 

Royal portraits and weapons from the Royal Arsenal Museum

Most of the paintings are from the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle. Several portraits of Danish kings can be seen at Nyborg Castle, painted in the 1600's, as well as two large genealogical charts from both King Christian II's family and from Hedvig, sister of King Christian IV. There are also four large paintings showing scenes from King Valdemar Victory's life, painted by Agnes Slott-Møller in the 1930's.

To illustrate the castle's more warlike history, many weapons and other military objects have been borrowed from the Royal Arsenal Museum in Copenhagen. "The Black Men", suits of armour from the 1500's, are always fascinating. Sables, halbards and heavy muskets decorate the walls at the castle.

In 2009, the first actual excavation in recent times was carried out. A great amount of potsherds, coins, tiles, etc. was found, which gives us a picture of the daily life of the castle, both in the royal period and in the garrison times. A selection of these things will be displayed at the castle.

 

 

 

 

News

Nyborg Castle is being restored
17. January 2018

A significant part of the big castle project in Nyborg is a thorough restoration of the Royal Palace and of the remains of the central watch tower. A pilot project has just begun.

Wow! Nyborg Castle will look like this!
20. November 2017
Nyborg Castle

A 22 m. (72’) high watch tower will again rise above Nyborg Castle. From the watch tower, visitors will be able to see the Great Belt, and the brick walls will glow after dark! On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the approved project description for restoring and expanding Nyborg Castle was presented in the Great Hall of the castle.

Nyborg Castle will reopen in 2020
6. November 2017
Nyborg Slot

At the end of the 2017 season, Nyborg Castle will close for extensive renovations and expansion. In 2020, the castle will open again as a recreated 4-sided castle, with new exhibition possibilities.

Battle Days with a Nordic Profile
26. September 2017
Nyborg Castle

The annual Battle Days in Nyborg will henceforth be called Nordic Battle Days, and the castle scene for the great battle will be expanded.

Calendar

The Mayor’s Yard opens for the season
Saturday, March 24, 2018
The Mayor’s Yard

A new season can begin!

Danehof 2018
July 1 & 2, 2017
Nyborg Castle and town

Medieval Market, Food Market, Jousting Tournament and much, much more.