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 Danehof Hall
The newly restored Danehof Hall is the place to hear about the cradle of Danish democracy. This is the room where the Danish parliament met for more than 200 years and where Denmark's first constitution was signed. It is a room with many possibilities and functions: as a stage for storytelling, for lectures, or for guides to tell about one of the central themes in Danish history, the development of democracy and the parliamentary system.
This room is the original great hall at Nyborg Castle, prior to the rebuilding and expansion of the castle around the year 1400. It was here that the coronation charter was signed in 1282, and it was here that a group of nobles, led by Chamberlain Stig Andersen Hvide refused to acknowledge the choice of King Erik Klipping's son, Erik Menved, as the royal heir in 1276. It was here that Chamberlain Stig and his followers were sentenced to become outlaws for the last murder of a king in Danish history in 1287, after the death of Erik Klipping the previous year, and it was here that Queen Margrethe I's son, Oluf, was chosen to become the royal heir in Norway. It was here that the Duchy of Southern Jutland became a part of the Danish kingdom by law in 1413. Central discussions and decisions about Denmark's destiny were made right here in the Danehof Hall at the medieval Christiansborg - Nyborg Castle.
The Renaissance Feast
The castle's impressive great hall has, after a pause of several hundred years, again been prepared for guests from near and far, with tables set for a feast. Visitors can admire the beautiful clothing of the dukes and duchesses and wonder at the way tables were set in a long ago and different time, far from the system we know today.
In the exhibition, you can read about the many entertaining and exciting elements that were part of the king's celebrations. You will also hear about the elaborate preparations that were made. In connection with this exhibition, we have chosen to show some of the many artefacts found during archaeological excavations at the castle. These items tell about a magnificent castle, a worthy backdrop for Denmark's great Renaissance princes, dukes and barons.
The old royal castle will again have an armoury with weapons and armour from the castle's heyday, from the early Middle Ages until the end of the Renaissance. It is a fantastical weapon and armour collection of high international standard and will hopefully become an attraction that will draw visitors from near and far. The handsome weapons and armour can be displayed here thanks to agreements with The Old Town in Aarhus and the Royal Danish Arsenal Museum (Tøjhuset) in Copenhagen.
The Royal Food Cupboard
Nyborg Castle can now offer a new permanent exhibition - the Food Cupboard. In the castle's "pantry", food and drink was kept for later use and consumption. The food cupboard was placed in the castle cellar, where guests today can sense how it feels like a big refrigerator; it's cool there regardless of the season. They hung dried sides of pork and the salt herring lay tightly packed in big barrels. Vegetables stayed chilled so they could last all winter long, until there were new greens available in the spring for the castle kitchen.
In the cellar there was also storage of grain for bread-baking, and perhaps more importantly, for beer-brewing. The beer was kept in the cool cellar, also, in big barrels, the same for the wine which was imported to the castle in advance of gatherings where the king called his court and important men of the realm together at the most central royal castle, Nyborg. Some of the products you can see in the food cupboard exhibition are props, but there is also real food, so you can look forward to the authentic smell when you enter the castle's old cellar.