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 in Kalundborg is one of the country's best preserved medieval towns and several of the houses here date way 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. The town got its name from the many jackdaws in the area, which in those days were called "kaa".

So Kaa-lund means Jackdaw-grove. The jackdaws take the place in the city's new landmark and among other places can also be found 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 could enjoy the sight of his great fleet of warships, and at the same time he had a good lookout on any enemies coming from the sea.

Esbern Snare

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

If you go up to 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.