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 Aarhus.
HistoryKalundborg 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 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 downtown was established at the location of the present day major shopping and commercial street, Kordilgade.
By trainKalundborg is the terminal station on the Western Zealand train line. The train from Copenhagen leaves approximately once an hour, is 1hr 30min to 1hr 50min and costs kr 120.
By boatThere are ferries from
- Aarhus (4-6 times each day, fewer on Sa in low season; Travel time 2hr 40min; Adults kr 175, children 4-15 kr 88; Booking +45 7010 1418 ) and from
- Samsø (2-4 times each day; Travel time 1hr 50min; Adult kr 84, children 4-15 kr 42; Booking +45 7010 1744 )
By airThe 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 TownThe High Town (Højbyen) was the fortified medieval town, which boundaries 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.
phone: +45 5951 0401address: Adelgade 19Five 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 (symbolising 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 altar tablet from 1650.
phone: +45 5951 2141address: Adelgade 23City museum of historical and cultural development in and around Kalundborg from the oldest times till now in an old farm dating to around 1600. Most famous exhibitions are local clothes exhibition and an exhibition of a Viking settlement excavation.
Castle and city wall remainsDuring the 12th century, a castle and a wall protecting the castle were built west of the medieval High Town, but 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.
Former Bishop's Homeaddress: 6-8 AdelgadeBuilt 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 council meetings.
Former Minister's Homeaddress: 23 PræstegadeBuilt in the beginning of the 16th century and one the oldest remaining residential buildings in northern Europe. Was converted to a hospital in 1854.
DolmensThere are a number of dolmens on Røsnæs. Dolmens are stone age graves comprising of a number of stone blocks.
Ulstrup Millphone: +45 5950 9096address: Røsnæsve 365j, UlstrupDutch gallery mill. The cap of the mill could be turned manually to make the sails face the wind. The mill was built in 1894 as the former mill on the place had recently burned down. The mill was in use until 1956 and has been renovated.
Røsnæs Churchphone: +45 5950 9019address: Søbakken 4, UlstrupBuilt in the 13th century.
Røsnæs Harbouraddress: Nybyvej 100, UlstrupSmall and very quiet isolated harbour.
address: Røsnæsvej 478Built in 1844 and rebuilt in 1859. The lighthouse is adjoined with the lighthouse keepers house. The lighthouse is 15m high with a rotating lens. Notice the small lighthouse in the water northwest of the tip of Røsnæs.
Gallery Bispegårdenaddress: 6 Adelgade
phone: +45 5950 8719address: 53 SandlodsvejBeautifully located gallery and shop with art and craftwork, including ceramics, lamps and clothes.
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Kaalund MonasteryBuilt as a Franciscan monastery in 1239. The monks were kicked out in 1532. The present building is from 1751 and houses municipal administration.
Raklev ChurchBuilt in 1547 as one of the first village churces after the reformation. Built by the now converted monks kicked out of Kaalund Monastery a few years earlier.
Røsnæs by bikeTour Røsnæs by bike.
Røsnæs on foot
Ulstrup Sønderstrand Beach
Saltbæk Badebro Strand Beach
phone: +45 59522130
phone: +45 5952 7273address: 460 Røsnæsvej
phone: +45 595 0745address: Radiovej 2Has a great terrace facing south to the beach.
phone: +45 59510165
Røsnæs Krophone: +45 5950 9145address: 350 Røsnæsvej, UlstrupServes primarily fast food, coffee and beer. One main course dish available 18:00-20:00, buffet available Su 13:00-17:00 and 16:00-20:00, booking needed. A perfect place to watch the very slow local life.
Kings Pubphone: +45 5951 2526address: Kordilgade 10BFrequented by young locals, primarily high school students.
Havkattenphone: +45 5951 6330address: Skibbrogade 3
Lillebæltphone: +45 5951 5810address: Skibbrogade 5
Høvlenphone: +45 5951 4767address: Skibbrogade 13
Café Carlzon og Shootersphone: +45 5956 0809address: Kordilgade 52
Café Le Soleilphone: +45 5952 3230address: Kordilgade 29
phone: +45 2992 2928address: 114 HovvejenRooms with free internet and television.
phone: +45 5950 9013address: 250 RøsnæsvejIn the middle of Røsnæs Peninsula and an ideal base for exploring Røsnæs, 300 m away from the coast. Beautifully situated and landscaped site. Kitchen, toilet, bath, fireplace, playground and playing field available.
phone: +45 5950 7452address: 23 Kåstrup HolmevejThis bed and breakfast has two doubles with shared facilities. Small kitchen, shared living room with TV and terrace available.
Højehus, Kalundborg Bed and Breakfastphone: +45 5950 8210address: 107 KallerupvejShared facilities. Living rooms with TV as well as a garden are available.
phone: +45 5956 1366address: 5 Stadion AllePart of the Danhostel chain. Large rooms with private bathroom, table and chairs. Shared faciliteis include Guest kitchen, laudry facilities, TV room, living room, billad, table tennis, piano, childrens' playground, outdoor chess and outdoor grill.
phone: +45 5950 9775address: 204 Røsnæsvej
Røsnæs Krophone: +45 5950 9145address: 350 Røsnæsvej, UlstrupIn the middle of the Røsnæs peninsula, a perfect starting point for exploring Røsnæs.
phone: +45 5950 2167address: 88 Saltbækvej
FDM Camping Bjerge Sydstrand
Ugerløse Motel & Feriecenter
phone: +45 5951 0165address: 1 Kordilgade
phone: +45 5950 8067address: 60 KlintedalsvejRooms with free internet.
Sejerø Spisehus og Hotel
Skipperkroenaddress: Mullerup Strandvej 19
Lerchenborg Bed&Breakfastphone: +45 59510500