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

Hollow tree trunks gave Nyborg residents clean water
10. January 2020
Nyborg Castle

The water supply of olden times in Nyborg has revealed itself under the town square.

The lords and ladies of the castle were not vegetarians
10. January 2020
Nyborg Castle

Deer, elk, fish, pork and beef: they lived well at Nyborg Castle, back when it was inhabited by feudal overlords and kings.

Tiles with coats of arms indicate a high-status environment
10. January 2020
Nyborg Castle

Shards of tiles with family crests reveal that King Christian lll established his jousting ground in a town with rich and influential citizens.

New knowledge about the castle cats
10. January 2020
Nyborg Castle

The mummified castle cats will be investigated and conserved in connection with the castle project.

Calendar

The Mayor’s Yard opens for the season
Sunday, March 1nd, 2020
The Mayor’s Yard

A new season can begin!

King Christian II and the Crusade to Greenland
4. april - 31. oktober
The Mayor's Yard

Come and see the exhibition about Christian II and the Crusade to Greenland.

Danehof 2020
3.-5. juli 2020
Nyborg Castle and city

Medieval market, knights and much, much more. In the first weekend of July each year, we uphold the tradition from the Middle Ages and gather in Nyborg to celebrate Danehof.