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Few Danish kings stand out so strongly in the minds of Danes as does Christian IV, who reigned from 1588 to 1648. He is remembered primarily for his splendid buildings, for his enterprising military campaigns in Sweden and in North Germany – and not least for his spectacular defeat in the Thirty Years War, which inflicted heavy costs on Denmark. The defeat in Germany cost Denmark its leading position among the Nordic countries, while the Swedish wars led to losses of territory.

In a new permanent gallery we tell the story of Christian IV’s many periods of residence at Koldinghus. The display is divided into four themes:

  1. The Heir to the Throne during the extensive period of his education at the castle, between 1583 and 1593, when the young Duke Christian learned languages, the art of writing, fencing and court etiquette;
  2. Christian IV’s building of the castle’s NW corner with the Great Tower, the magnificent Castle Chapel and the 57-metre-long Great Hall;
  3. the culmination in 1616, when the castle was the venue for a grand celebration of the Danish victory in the Kalmar War and the enfeoffment of the Duchy of Schleswig to the Duke of Gottorp;
  4. the King’s stay at Koldinghus in 1627 during the headlong flight from the spectacular defeat in the Thirty Years War – an experience that ultimately led to the founding of a new large fortress not far from Kolding: Fredericia.



Koldinghus 1

6000 Kolding

Postboks 91

Tlf.: 7633 8100

E-mail: museum@koldinghus.dk


Tlf.: 7550 4798

E-mail: info@madkaelderen.dk


Daily from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.

Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

The museum is closed every monday in January

PRICES SUMMER 2020 (Jun. 27 - Aug. 9)

Adults: 62,5 DKK

Students: 62,5 DKK

Groups (min 10 pers.): 62,5 DKK pr. pers.

PRICES HIGH SEASON (May. 26 - Jan. 3 2021)

Adults: 125 DKK

Students: 65 DKK

Groups (min 10 pers.): 100 DKK pr. pers.


Adults: 110 DKK

Students: 55 DKK
​Groups (min. 10 pers.): 90 DKK pr. pers.

Free admission for children and youngsters under 18 years.

Thanks to our sponsors

Alfa Laval Kolding A/S

Alfix A/S

Andersen Partners Advokatfirma

Autohuset Vestergaard A/S

BECHs + ABC Flytteforretning ApS

Beierholm Revision

BlueKolding A/S


Brands of Scandinavia A/S

Business Kolding

Comwell Kolding a-s

Danfoss A/S

Dankemi A/S

Dansk Firmapension

Dansk Gummi Industri A/S

Dansk Metal

Danske Bank


Ernst & Young

European Protein A/S

Fiberline Composites A/S

Focus Advokater 

From Grafisk A/S

Frøs Sparekasse

Fynske Bank Kolding


Home v. Hanne Faaborg

Hotel Koldingfjord

IBA International Business Academy

IBC International Business College


IPW Systems A/S


Jotun Danmark A/S

Jyske Bank​

Kolding Hotel Apartment

Klinisk Tandtekniker Eva Jørgensen

Kolding Storcenter Centerforeningen

Kolding Vinhandel



Michael Baruah Consulting

Middelfart Sparekasse

Mos Mosh A/S

MTAB Danmark A/S

Nordea A/S

Nplus ApS


Ove Jæger A/S

P. Christensen Kolding A/S

PhotoCare Popp Photo

Prime Cargo A/S

PwC - Revision


Riis Retail A/S

Spar Nord Kolding

Sparekassen Kronjylland


Svane Shipping

Sydbank Kolding A/S

Szocska Advokataktieselskab

Tegnestuen Mejeriet A/S

TOLKESERVICE v/ Jytte Olesen

Tora A/S

Transport-Teknik A/S

TRESU Production A/S

Trillingsgaard & Høybye ApS

Würth Danmark A/S