Nyborg Castle and town comprise one of the most important cultural heritage monuments from the Middle Ages in Denmark. Nyborg castle and town were from the beginning of the 13th century and until 1560 one of the king of Denmark’s favourite residence. The king met with the Danish parliament at Nyborg Castle for almost two centuries, and the first constitution of the realm was signed here in 1282. The great Church of Our Lady, which combined with the castle, defines the historic town centre, was founded to commemorate the military victory that made it possible for Queen Margrethe I (1376- 1412) to unite the three Nordic kingdoms – Denmark, Norway and Sweden – in the Union of Kalmar. The town has always been a junction – a place you passed to get from one end of the country to another. That’s the reason why several kings and a queen spent a great deal of money on planning, expanding and fortifying it.
The historic town centre of Nyborg has a lively trade with many shops and cafés; some of Denmarks best beaches and beach hotels are found just outside the town limits. Since the Middle Ages, farmers have been growing high-quality fruits and vegetables in the fertile soil of Eastern Funen. Enjoy a dinner prepared from the finest local products in one of the gourmet restaurants at the waterfront. From Nyborg you can get around by bike or by car to the many fascinating attractions and natural areas in the onceroyal landscape of Eastern Funen. Nyborg is easily reached by train or car, and for sailors there is a good harbour, which still evokes the history of the ferries that used to connect the Danish kingdom before the Great Belt Bridge was built.
UNESCO World Heritage List
Nyborg Castle and Museum form part of the Museums of Eastern Funen, with departments in Ladby and Kerteminde as well. Currently a strong effort is being made to prepare Nyborg Castle and Town as a candidate for a UNESCO World Heritage List. In the first weekend of July, a piece of Danish history unique to Nyborg is brought to life at the Danehof Fair, with jousting tournaments, medieval merchants, vegetable markets, music and entertainment of every kind. In the second weekend of September, the gates will open for the Knights of the Northern Kingdom event. Warriors from Denmark and Northern Europe will meet and train fighting techniques from the Middle Ages. Yule in the Old Royal Town – a big Christmas market - transforms Nyborg the second weekend in December.