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. 

 

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