Nyborg today

Through the last few centuries, it has been its role as a traffic junction or crossroads that has defined Nyborg's identity. It has been the railroad, the ferries, the chemical depot and the prison that have made their mark on the town. The Great Belt Connector (bridge and tunnel) finished in 1997-8 have radically changed this situation on several levels. Nyborg has regained its status as a central place in the country, a place that connects east and west; the connector has opened possibilities for rediscovering Nyborg's medieval pride.

In the 1920's, car traffic grew and in 1930 the United Danish Car Owners started a ferry company. The association ordered a car ferry to be built at Ålborg Shipyard, and planned a ferry terminal at the Middle Pier in Nyborg. Before this ferry route got started, however, the Danish State Railway took it over, and the first car ferry, Heimdal, sailed across the Great Belt in 1930. It quickly became apparent that car traffic to and from the ferry was too much for the existing streets, as it passed through the Country Gate, across the town square and through the narrow streets to the harbour. Something had to be done, and this led to the establishment of a new, wider street, Adelgade, cutting through the center of town like a sword, slicing through the historic heart of Nyborg. It changed the town radically, but car traffic will not be denied.

In 1957, however, all the car traffic moved to Knudshoved Ferry Dock, which was a part of the national highway system. The opening of the Great Belt Connector, first the railway part in 1997 and for vehicular traffic in 1998, was, for Nyborg, just as big a change as it was in September 1865, when the railway was opened from Nyborg to Middelfart.

In recent decades, the expansion of the conference hotels and the opening of the Great Belt Connector have given new life blood to the town; Nyborg is "a centrally located town, easy to get to, where it's convenient to meet", as stated in the medieval kings' coronation charters. Nyborg has again become the heart of the kingdom of Denmark.


Fra kulturarv til verdensarv

UNESCO's verdensarvsliste er baseret på Verdensarvskonventionen fra 1972, der skal beskytte verdens umistelige kultur- og naturarv.