The Renaissance

Nyborg developed a central role in Denmark's history through the rest of the Middle Ages as the gathering place for the finest and most powerful men in the kingdom, at the Danehof meetings. The town was situated, then as now, centrally in the kingdom and with an unusually good harbour. From the end of the 1400's, it would seem that the royal power was concentrated in eastern Funen, and in the early 1500's, the town developed into what can rightfully be called the kingdom's first capital.

In the 1520's, King Frederik I was urged to make Nyborg is residence. It is unclear whether he actually did so, but there is evidence that he planned to. He had the west wing renovated, adding large, arched windows. Inside, several of the rooms were decorated with wall paintings of geometric patterns and a new ceiling construction. The ceiling was lowered a bit between the first and the second floors.

Plans for making Nyborg the capital were finally fulfilled during the reign of Christian III (1536-1559). He expanded the castle and fortified the whole town of Nyborg. The great hall, where many concerts and events are held in our day, was created in his day. Nobles and important men from throughout the country gathered here with their followers, which must have greatly increased the population of Nyborg. One can imagine their tent cities outside the town walls. With so many guests, there must have been a great need for entertainment and war games, which grew, over time, into the spectacular jousting tournaments most of us only know from films. In 1560, the king's son and heir, Frederik II, moved to North Zeeland, and Copenhagen then became the capital of the land. Nyborg still played an important role as a fortified town, as one of several forts across the country. They formed the backbone of the Danish defense, but Nyborg's golden days were finally over.


The Queen Visits the Castle
28. May 2019

The Patron of Nyborg Castle – The Christiansborg of the Middle Ages, Her Majesty the Queen will visit Nyborg on Friday 31 May

Flight of Bullets
28. May 2019

A new method will reveal where bullets landed after hitting their targets. New knowledge about the Battle of Nyborg in the pipeline.

Engineering Saves the Great Hall
28. May 2019

The majestic beams in the Great Hall need to be preserved

The Dice Are Cast
28. May 2019

Found amongst kitchen waste


Jakob and Johanne invite you to come inside
During opening hours
Mayor's Yard

Come along with Jakob and Johanne on an exciting tour in the Mayor’s Yard.

Valdemar the Conqueror and the Dannebrog
June 16 - October 31, 2019
The Mayor's Yard

To mark the 800th anniversary of the year the Dannebrog fell from the sky, the Mayor’s Yard is spotlighting Valdemar the Conqueror and the Dannebrog.