Welcome to Kalundborg

Tracing the footsteps of Crusaders & Vikings
One of the best preserved medieval towns in Denmark, Kalundborg will provide you with experiences of authenticity, hospitality, and sincere warmth. Here, you are not a tourist. You are our guest. In essence, Kalundborg offers a peek into the genuine Denmark, with its hospitable, friendly and warm atmosphere that unavoidably charms cruise guests, after visits to hectic and busy capitals. And with this utter contrast, the entire cruise is brought into perspective. In our city, guests will have the opportunity to take a morning tour in the surrounding area and enjoy the beautiful medieval town with its local museum, art exhibitions, and church concerts. Or simply to go shopping in the afternoon at the local flea market or in Kalundborg’s small specialty shops.


It is the end of the twelfth century.
Overlooking the Kalundborg Fjord, one of the greatest men of the time, the warrior Esbern Snare - blood brother to King Valdemar - lives in his newly built fortress.
From here, he has the full view of his great fleet of warships, moored in the well protected natural harbour. He is the founder of Kalundborg.

The Old Town

Kalundborg's ancient town district is called Hoejby.

Hoejby is one of the country's best preserved medieval towns. Several of the houses here date back to the 15th or 16th centuries.

Kalundborg was founded in the 12th century, and the Church of Our Lady was built around 1200.

The jackdaw

The town of Kalundborg grew up around Esbern Snare's castle. It received its name as a result of the many jackdaws - which in those days were called "kaa” - that habituated the area.

Thus, Kaa-lund means Jackdaw-grove. The jackdaws have now been given a place on the city's new landmark as well as on the statue of Esbern Snare in Kalundborg Market Square.

Natural harbour

The well-protected natural harbour at the bottom of Kalundborg Fjord, which is called Haervig, was the reason why Esbern Snare chose to build his castle in Kalundborg.

From his castle, he enjoyed the sight of his great fleet of warships, and at the same time had a perfect view of any approaching enemies from the sea.

Esbern Snare

Kalundborg's founder Esbern Snare drew lines in the sand which came to be the city walls, ramparts and streets of this town and was built to go with his castle.

If you visit Hoejby today, you will see Adel Street and the two streets running along the wall exactly where Esbern decided they should be.

Esbern Snare was Bishop Absalon's elder brother and step-brother to the Danish King Valdemar.