Koldinghus

From the outside, it doesn’t look like much, almost an old industrial workplace, but Koldinghus ( Kolding Castle) is one of the most fascinating places I have visited in Denmark.

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My first impression was rather that of an old industrial building. But first impressions can be so wrong! I would have to say this was one of my favorite places I visited.

Originally built in the 1200s as a defensive castle, it was destroyed by fire in 1808. Not in war but by a chimney fire, accidentally caused by Spanish auxiliaries garrisoned there during the Napoleonic wars. For decades it remained a “scenic ruin” until restoration was completed in 1991. What makes the restoration so good that that, rather than recreate the original castle, it is a mix of the old and more modern that houses art, silver ware and history.

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There was some wonderful art, including this bronze interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci and his drawings

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In a quite different mindset was this almost “kitsch” glass sculpture of a dog, bone and puddle.

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(there are actually two dogs but the other is black and doesn’t photograph well)

And the view from the top of Koldinghus?

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It is well worth a visit.