Koldinghus is an ancient royal castle in Kolding. It is situated in the middle of a beautiful park surrounded by forest and a moat. The castle was built in the middle of the 13th century. In 1808, a fire ravaged the once gorgeous palace transforming it into a ruin and it long remained standing as a romantic, abandoned ruin. Today, the castle has been restored and turned into a museum.

Koldinghus - from castle to ruin

By the middle of the 13th century, construction was completed on the magnificent Koldinghus castle. From the beautiful ramparts around the castle, visitors can take in views of the city and the castle lake. The tower at Koldinghus is 75 metres in height and also offers a breathtaking view. The castle has served as a fortress, royal residence and museum. When the plague ravaged Copenhagen from 1711 to 1712, King Frederik IV used Koldinghus as his residence. For that reason, the castle was, of course, rebuilt so that it met baroque architectural requirements.

The impressive castle suffered a terrible fate however, when it burned down in 1808. Denmark was allied with France and Spain during the Napoleonic Wars and during that time, Spanish and French soldiers stayed at Koldinghus. Accustomed to a much warmer climate, they suffered terribly from the cold during their stay in Kolding. To try to keep warm, the soldiers overstocked the fires in the stoves, causing a huge blaze to break out. The fire brigade did not reach the fire before it was too late. The fire consumed so much of the castle that no attempt was made to rebuild it, and the castle was a ruin until the 1890s, when the enormous task of restoring it was undertaken.

Today, Koldinghus is a museum enabling visitors to explore the castle’s history and view fascinating exhibits.

Hotels near Koldinghus

If you are visiting Koldinghus, the ideal place to stay is Scandic Kolding. The hotel is located a mere 12 minute drive from the castle. You can also rent bicycles at the hotel and reach the historic building in 20 minutes.