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

Theory: The founder of Nyborg Castle died in the Crusades
18. June 2018
Nyborg Castle

Knud Prislavsen, who established Nyborg Castle, may have been the military commander who led a might navy on a crusade to the Holy Land, and met his fate there.

Nyborg Castle was once painted red
15. June 2018
Nyborg Castle

Nyborg Castle has changed its appearance several times since it was built in 1200 AD. New archaeological finds show that it was painted red at one time.

New life for the garrison building on the palace ground
26. March 2018
Nyborg Castle

A fine, new view has opened up of the Royal Palace at Nyborg Castle, while materials from the yellow building are on their way to finding new uses.

The story must be told
26. March 2018
Nyborg Castle

Twenty-two volunteer guides will contribute to telling the story about the castle project, while construction is underway.

Calendar

Nordic Battle Days 2018
September 8. and 9.
The rampart area around Nyborg Castle