Kalø Castle Ruins

Rønde, Denmark

Kalø Castle was founded in 1313 by the Danish king Erik Menved in order to establish a stronghold in northern Jutland to counter the ongoing rebellions by the local nobility and peasants against the crown. The castle was successful and from the 15th century and onwards the castle had a more peaceful role as the local administrative center. King Christian II held the future Swedish king Gustav Vasa captive at Kalø during 1518-1519, until he escaped.

When king Frederick III converted the elective monarchy into an absolute monarchy by the revolution of 1660 in Denmark, the castle lost its function. In 1661, Frederick III gave Kalø to Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve, who in the following year (1662), tore down the now abandoned castle. The material was used to build his private palace in Copenhagen, now called the Charlottenborg Palace. Today the castle ruin is owned by the Danish State.



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Molsvej, Rønde, Denmark
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Founded: 1313
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Denmark
Historical period: The First Kingdom (Denmark)

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Fly Chong (2 years ago)
Nice walk to ruins. Total of about 3km to and back to car park. Scaffolding placed within the tower ruins were a nice touch to allow us to experience the tower from the heights where the original levels were. The design of these were thoughtfully done and blended very well contextually
Gordon8988 (2 years ago)
Nice little walk to the old castle ruins. Great view of the land scape from there. The parking at the street at the little cafe/restaurant is for free.
Garrett Fagnou (2 years ago)
A nice walk up to a castle ruin. Most of the castle is gone but you can still climb up the keep for a good view of the sea and surroundings.
Peter Husted Sylvest (2 years ago)
Pleased that it takes a bit of walking to get to Kalø Slotsruin - you get to enjoy it and the stunning scenery even more.
Pia S. (3 years ago)
Beautiful castle ruins with a nice view worth a visit. The walk from the parking lot to the castle is made of uneven stones so it’s not handicap- or stroller friendly. There’s a cafe (burgers, sandwiches and ice cream) and a toilet by the parking lot as well.
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