Kalundborg seen from Gisseløre.
Kalundborg is a city in Zealand, Denmark.
Kalundborg is situated on western Zealand inside Kalundborg Fjord between the two peninsulas Røsnæs and Asnæs. The town has around 17,000 inhabitants.
You might come here for the medieval city remains, for the spectacular nature of Røsnæs or because Kalundborg could be on your way from Copenhagen via Samsø to Arhus.
Kalundborg was established in 1170 by Esbern Snare who built the West Castle (only ruins remain) just west of the medieval High Town. During the 13th century, the five-spired Church of Our Lady as well as the well as the medieval High Town were established. The town was important during the next couple of centuries as significant part of the Danish central administration was moved to here. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Down Town was established at the location of the present day major shopping and commercial street, Kordilgade.
Kalundborg is the terminal station on the Western Zealand train line. The train from Copenhagen leaves approximately once an hour, is 1h30 to 1h50 and costs DKK120.
There are ferries from
- Århus (4-6 times each day, fewer on Sa in low season; Travel time 2h40; Adults DKK175, children 4-15 DKK88; Booking +45 7010 1418 ) and from
- Samsø (2-4 times each day; Travel time 1h50; Adult DKK84, children 4-15 DKK42; Booking +45 7010 1744 )
The nearest airport is in Copenhagen.
A few city buses run up to two times an hour. The city centre is manageable by foot.
The High Town
The High Town (Højbyen) was the fortified medieval town, which bounderies can still be recognised even though the wall is not there anymore. Some buildings dating back from the 16th century are still there. Most of the town's historical cites can be found here.
- Church of Our Lady (Vor Frue Kirke), Adelgade 19, ☎ +45 5951 0401, . Service every Su; classical concerts now and then. Five towered church build around 1220 by Esbern Snare's daughter, Ingeborg, and located in the centre of the medieval High Town of Kalundborg. This church is unique with its Greek cross outlay (symbolysing The Holy Jerusalem) with a tower in each end and a 41m tower in the middle. In 1827, the middle tower crashed and was rebuilt in 1871. Notice the famous alter tablet from 1650. Free.
- Kalundborg Museum, Adelgade 23 (Next to Church of Our Lady), ☎ +45 5951 2141, . Jan-Apr, Sep-Nov: Sa, Su, public holidays 10am-4pm; week 7, 8, 42, December: daily 10am-4pm; May-Aug: daily 10am-5pm. City museum of historical and cultural development in and around Kalundborg from the oldest times till now. Localted in an old farm dating back to around 1600. Most famous exhibitions are local clothes exhibition and an exhibition of a wiking settlement excavation. Adult DKK30, Child below 18 free.
- Castle and city wall remains, (Below the church to the north and west). During the 12th century, a castle and a wall protecting the castle were built west of the medieval High Town, but both the castle and the fortification were given up a couple of centuries later. During the reign of Valdemar Atterdag (1340-1375) the High Town was fortified and the walls stood until the middle of the 17th century. Some ruins of both can still be seen. Free.
- Former Minister's Home (Præstebolig), 23 Præstegade (Next to the Church of Our Lady). Build in the beginning of the 16th century and one the oldest remaining recidential buildings in northern Europe. Was converted to a hospital in 1854. Not open to the public.
- Former Bishop's Home (Biskopbolig), 6-8 Adelgade (A bit east of the Church of Our Lady). Built in 1450-1480 by the bishop of Roskilde who lived there when visiting the town. From 1854, part of the building was used as town hall and the basement as prison. In 1971, the building was renovated and used for town coucil meetings. Not open to the public.
- Kaalund Monestary (Kaalund Kloster). Originally a Franciscan monestary from 1239. The monks were kicked out in 1532. The present building is from 1751 and houses municipal administration.
- Raklev Church (Raklev Kirke). Built in 1547 as one of the first village churces after the reformation. Built by the now converted monks kicked out of Kaalund Monestary a few years earlier.
- Restaurant Gisseløre, Radiovej 2, ☎ +45 5951 0745, . Main courses DKK185-225; lunch courses DKK28-98.
- Slotskælderen, Kordilgade 40, ☎ +45 5951 0974.
- Kings Pub, 10B Kordilgade, ☎ +45 5951 2526. Frequented by young locals, primarily high school students.
- Havkatten, 3 Skibbrogade, ☎ +45 5951 6330.
- Lillebælt (5 Skibbrogade), ☎ +45 5951 5810.
- Høvlen, 13 Skibbrogade, ☎ +45 5951 4767.
- Café Bogart, Kordilgade 17 (In the middle of Kalundborg pedestrian street), ☎ +45 5951 0057, . Mo-Th 10am-10pm; Fr-Sa 10am-3am; Su closed. Café with seetings both in and out. Interiur built over the theme "Bogart". Live music and other arrangements in the evening now and then. Coffee DKK17-25; beer from DKK22; main courses from DKK74.
- Café Carlzon og Shooters, Kordilgade 52, ☎ +45 5956 0809.
- Café Le Soleil, Kordilgade 29, ☎ +45 5952 3230.
- Hotel Ole Lunds Gaard, Kordilgade 1, 4400 Kalundborg, ☎ +45 5951 0165, . DKK650-1,250.
- Kursuscenter Røsnæs, Klintedalsvej 60, 4400 Kalundborg, ☎ +45 5950 8067, .
- Lerchenborg Bed&Breakfast.