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History & culture in Kolding

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History and culture in Kolding

The history of Kolding can be traced back to the year 1231, when the city appears in writing in King Valdemar's book of land taxation. 
Back then, Kolding was located in the outermost border area of Denmark and therefore the town had a strategic importance for former kings and queens. 
The city developed into a thriving trades- and crafts city, which still characterizes Kolding today. Kolding is also known for design and architecture.

Koldinghus_History, Art, Design and Activities

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Experiences and activities for both children and adults. Koldinghus makes history come alive - come by and experience the most beautiful exhibits and the unique restoration of the old royal castle.

Christiansfeld_UNESCO world heritage

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The unique world heritage town of Christiansfeld is located a little south of Kolding and is definitely worth a visit.

The name "Kolding" probably stems from the words "cold water" - it is assumed that it refers to Kolding River, which flows through the city.

Museums in Kolding


Are you into modern art and Danish design? At Trapholt you can experience changing modern art exhibitions. You can also see Trapholt's large collection of Danish furniture designs.


Visit the Kongeaamuseum and learn more about the fascinating history of Vamdrup and the surrounding area.

The Border Museum (Genforenings- og Grænsemuseet)

The museum focuses upon the border and the Reunification – with the old border at Frederikshøj as its starting point.

Danish Museum of Nursing History

The Museum of Danish Nursing History is the only professional museum on nursing in Denmark. The exhibitions shows the history of the nurse, patient an...

Kolding Stadsarkiv

How has it been to live in Kolding since 1842? Kolding City Archives contains local history material from the city’s private individuals, associations...

Skamlingsbanken_a historical gathering place

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Skamlingsbanken is the highest point in Southern Jutland with its location at 113 meters above sea level.

Klokkestablen_at Skamlingsbanken

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A beautiful nature area with a beautiful view and beautiful nature with trails around the area.

Akseltov - the town square - is named after the axles of the farmers’ wagons that came to the square on market days
Borgerhaven - Peaceful oasis in the city center
There is no need for you to go to a museum to experience history. In the streets of Kolding, you will find history everywhere. From the 13th century when the city had a few thousand inhabitants the present day when it has grown to more than 60,000, a wealth of events and citizens have left their mark on the city.

Other things to see in Kolding

The Museum of Agriculture

Experience the old country atmosphere at Brødsgård which is in a beautiful natural area and learn about the old agriculture.

The Geographical Gardens

Geographical garden in Kolding is one of the city's green oases - here is plenty of space to enjoy nature for both children and adults. Discover a wor...

Kolding Miniature Town in the Geographical Garden

Explore Kolding Miniature Town and see how the town looked in 1860-1870.

The Harte Power Station

Experience The Harte Power Station, a hydroelectric power station from 1920 which still produces power. There is also a large water playground where t...


Are you into modern art and Danish design? At Trapholt you can experience changing modern art exhibitions. You can also see Trapholt's large collectio...

Guided tours_in Kolding and the surrounding area

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A tour with a guide gives a completely different experience - see here our tours in Kolding

Guides_in Kolding

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Our guides are ready to tell you about Kolding and Christiansfeld - read more here

Churches in Kolding

Photo: Ludvig Dittmann