Nyborg Castle and Residence Town comprise a
unique historic monument from the Danish Middle Ages, with its
well-preserved medieval town plan, tied in with the castle and
ramparts in the middle of the town. This is where the first
constitution in Denmark was signed and sealed on July 29, 1282, the
Danehof Parliament was held here, and the Danish kings and their
courts came to stay here for centuries.
The Museums of Eastern Funen, in cooperation
with the Municipality of Nyborg and the Agency for Palaces and
Cultural Properties have joined forces to tell the rest of the
world about this place, with a unique heritage that residents and
visitors alike find fascinating. Their goal is to focus on the
fantastic story of Nyborg as the central point for the Danish
kingdom in the Middle Ages. They have worked, also with the Agency
for Culture, since 2010, to realize the potential of the town's
history and to develop a vision that can secure the future of the
existing buildings, add new architecture in the form of a visitors'
centre, and create a new connection between the castle and the
An international tourist
At a packed press conference in the Great Hall of Nyborg Castle on
Sept.11, Nyborg's mayor, Erik Christensen, the Director of the
Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties, Anders V. Møller and
the Director of the Museums of Eastern Funen, Erland Porsmose,
revealed their building plans. To recreate the sense of past
greatness and to teach about the unique heritage of Nyborg, a new
wing will be added to the castle that will function as a visitors'
centre. The existing castle will be restored and a castle courtyard
will be recreated with four surrounding buildings or walls.
The connection between castle and town will be
emphasized by a new bridge to the castle grounds, approximately
where it was in the Middle Ages. The tournament ground will be
reestablished, and lastly, the land between it and the castle
grounds will be enhanced to make a visual link between the town
centre and the castle. One of the unique things about Nyborg is
that the castle and the town centre are still mostly intact. The
goal of the project is to create an international tourist
attraction and an interpretive centre of the highest caliber.
Blue ribbon heritage
This ambitious project will be led by the Agency for Palaces and
Cultural Properties, which owns Nyborg Castle, and will be carried
out in close collaboration between the Museums of Eastern Funen,
the Municipality of Nyborg and the A.P. Møller and Mrs. Chastine
McKinney Møller's Foundation for General Purposes. The parties are
all represented on the steering committee.
"This is an amazingly promising project, where
a very central Danish castle will be raised up to a new standard of
quality through restoration, and through expansion that will make
room for teaching facilities and many other activities for the
enjoyment of the public," said Anders V. Møller, Director of the
Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties.
During the preliminary phase, the Realdania
Foundation will finance studies and programming for a total of 5
million Dkr. This phase will be followed by one or more
architectural competitions, with an expected end date of summer
2014. The aim is to complete the whole project by 2017. It is still
uncertain what the final budget for the project will be, but it
will be a 3-digit number of millions (Dkr.). The new visitors'
centre is expected to receive over 100,000 guests per year, and the
increase in visitors will also mean that shops, restaurants and
hotels in Nyborg will probably need to hire more staff! It all adds
up to growth in the municipality, thanks to Nyborg's blue ribbon
Picture by Bertelsen og Scheving