A different Denmark – The castle we had neglected for such a long time

I am referring to Nyborg Slot. Numerous times Lars and I have been to Nyborg and every time we simply never had a look at it. What a shame! First of all, this castle has an interesting history. I found this information on their website:

Nyborg Castle was built in the 1170s, probably by a Christian Wendish prince in Danish service named Knud Prizlavsen. At his death it went into the possession King Valdemar the Great’s son, King Knud VI (1182-1202).

At this castle, King Erik Klipping proclaimed the first Danish constitution in 1282. From 1284 many important decisions were made here as part of the Danehof, an early form of parliamentary system. Its central location in the Danish kingdom, which then included parts of southern Sweden and northern Germany (Schleswig-Holstein), made it the ideal meeting place for nobles, emissaries, courtiers and the royal family.

In the 1520’s, King Frederik I was urged to make the castle his primary residence, instead of Copenhagen Castle. (…)  However, the king never moved to Nyborg permanently. Christian III (who reigned from 1536-59) later modernized and further fortified the castle, and did make it his primary residence and ruled Denmark from Nyborg. In 1560 the central administration was moved to Copenhagen for reasons that have not been explained. From then the castle went slowly into decay.

The Swedish Army occupied many parts of Denmark in 1657-9, including Nyborg, and the castle was especially ravaged and vandalized after they departed. Anything of value had been sent to Sweden, and the rest of the furnishings had been burned as firewood. However, a Swedish officer and engineer, Erik Dahlberg, did provide the first painting of the castle, showing a four-winged, imposing structure with spires and towers. No Danish king has used the castle as a residence since, with power more strongly centralized in Copenhagen when Frederik III declared absolute monarchy in 1660.

The castle became a military garrison and functioned as such until 1913. The lower buildings were gradually demolished, replaced with structures that met the needs of the garrison, such as the two low, yellow buildings that house the Café Danehof /museum shop, and the administrative offices of Nyborg Museums. They were built in the 1800’s.

After a fire in Nyborg in 1797, King Frederik VI ordered Odense Castle to be built with reused bricks from Nyborg Castle buildings. Knud’s Tower, which is still a part of the castle site, was reduced in height and used as a powder magazine.

Doesn’t it look like a fairy-tale, this beautiful castle, surrounded by snow and ice? We couldn’t visit it unfortunately, since it’s closed during the winter months.

Otherwise, head to this address:

Slotsgade 34, 5800 Nyborg

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