History of the castle

When you visit Nyborg Castle today, you are walking along historic "footprints"; it is possible to tour almost the whole building.

You can experience the narrative about the Danehof meetings, the royal residence and the Union of Kalmar in completely authentic surroundings, including three great halls. A series of exhibitions tell the story and set the stage for reliving the olden days. You can see the armoury, where a unique collection of weapons is shown, and the food pantry in the cool castle cellar, where your senses will be challenged by smells from times past.

The castle at Nyborg was first mentioned in written sources in 1193, when King Knud VI held the royal council there. The fortress had ostensibly been built around 1170 by the king's cousin, Knud Prislavsen, according to written sources a few years later. When Knud Prislavsen died, possibly when the walls of Acre were stormed in 1191, during the Third Crusade, Knud VI took over the fortress and the town of Nyborg; it remained a royal castle throughout the Middle Ages.

We don't know the appearance of the original castle. The first known structure on the site was a four-sided ring wall from around 1200. There must have been wooden or half-timbered buildings inside the walls, but we have not, as yet, found traces of them. The fortress was built on a small hill. Archaeological excavations have shown that the first moat around the fortress was a dry moat. 

 

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.