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Summer program at Koldinghus

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Koldinghus offers an exciting summer program for visitors of all ages and interests. Join us ‘On the track of the Constitution’, see stunning royal galla gowns in the exhibition ‘Princess Dresses’, be transformed into a princess on the red carpet, or take a guided tour to explore the castle’s history and unique restoration.

Your summer holiday choices


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Photo: Maria Tuxen Hedegaard

‘On the track of the Constitution’

Join us in celebrating the Danish Constitution at Koldinghus

This year marks the 175th anniversary of Denmark’s first constitution, which was signed into law by Frederik VII on 5 June 1849. The Constitution is the foundation of many of the rights we enjoy today, including free speech and the right of all citizens to vote. However, many feel that the history of the Danish Constitution is a heavy subject. Therefore, Koldinghus has dedicated the summer holidays to making the Constitution both more fun and more accessible to everyone. Below, you can read more about the activities we offer.

A digital track for older children, young people and adults

From Wednesday, 5 June, to Sunday, 20 October, between 10.00 and 17.00
On 5 June, we launch a digital track that is mainly intended for young people and adults, although older children can also join in. Using your mobile phone, you can track down printed editions of the Constitution and walk in the footsteps of some of the people who fought to make Denmark a democracy. You will also meet the kings who lent a helping hand – and the ones who opposed the ideas behind the Constitution.

Sticker album for our younger visitors

From Saturday, 29 June, to Sunday, 20 October, between 10.00 and 15.00
During the school summer holidays, we add even more fun activities. We supplement the digital track with a special track for our youngest guests, who can pick up a free album with historical facts and room for stickers with portraits of key historical figures. During your visit, you can meet actors who enact some of the events that led to the passing of the Constitution.

See Frederik VIII’s Constitution pen

From Wednesday, 5 June, to Sunday, 20 October, between 10.00 and 17.00
As a special feature, you can see the original pen that Frederik VII used to sign the Constitution. We have also turned one of the hallways at the castle into an activity space with pictures, storytelling and room for play related to the Constitution – because the Constitution is for everyone!

Meet the actors

From Saturday, 29 June, to Sunday, 11 August, between 11.00 and 15.00
Meet Doctor Dampe, who spent more than 20 years in prison for speaking out against the absolute monarchy. Or farmer Peter Drevsen and his wife, who tried in vain to get an audience with Christian VIII to convince him to abolish forced labour for farmers and introduce universal military conscription. You might even run into Frederik VII, who signed the law that ended the absolute monarchy and introduced the first Danish constitution.

All the activities are free with the price of admission to the museum. Buy your ticket at the door or right here.

Read more about the knowledge and activity area here.


På sporet af Grundloven | Koldinghus

Photo: Maria Tuxen Hedegaard

Visit the exhibition ‘Princess Dresses’ and be transformed into a real princess

Visit the special exhibition ‘Princess Dresses’, which shows a selection of royal gala gowns created by Jørgen Bender (1938–1999) for HRH Princess Benedikte, honorary patron of Koldinghus. The exhibition includes more than 20 gowns, including the dress she wore for her silver wedding anniversary, dresses worn for birthdays and other events, a maternity dress and The Princess’s formidable wedding gown.

You can read more about the exhibition ‘Princess Dresses’ here.

Create your own gala gowns

The exhibition also offers you a chance to get creative with fabrics and patterns. In The Royal Workshop, you can design and create your own gala gowns or dress uniforms.
The Royal Workshop is open every day from 11.00 to 16.00

Explore materials and techniques

You are also invited to visit The Historical Workshop, where you can learn much more about the materials and techniques behind HRH Princess Benedikte’s dresses.
The Historical Workshop is open every day from 11.00 to 15.00

Be transformed into a princess on the red carpet

After you have toured the exhibition, you can become a real princess yourself. You can finish your look with a dazzling tiara and a beautiful bouquet of flowers and take a photo of yourself on the red carpet. We look forward to seeing the results!
This activity is available every day from 10.00 to 17.00

Buy your ticket to the museum here.

Princess Dresses | Koldinghus

Visit the exhibition ‘Flora Danica – The World’s Wildest Dinnerware’

In this impressive exhibition, you can explore the magnificent Flora Danica service and the fascinating ideas it represents as well as the myths of international alliances that surround it. With 1,530 intact parts, the Flora Danica service is not just the best-preserved of the luxurious porcelain sets from the 18th century – without a doubt, it is the world’s wildest dinnerware in terms of grandeur, myths and decorations. With its many different pieces and exquisitely detailed images of wild Danish plants on fragile white porcelain, the service offers an essential key to understanding Denmark at the time of the Enlightenment. Like the Danish crown jewels, it is only in use for very special royal occasions.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Udstillinger på Koldinghus | rundvisning i Flora Danica

Visit the Royal Bowling Alley in the castle courtyard

True to tradition, you can test your skill at the Royal Bowling Alley in the castle courtyard. Try your hand at bowling – maybe you can best your mum, your dad or a friend?
The Royal Bowling Alley is open every day from 10.00 to 17.00

Buy your ticket to the museum here.

Dress up in the Royal Dress-Up Workshop

As always, you can stop by the Royal Dress-Up Workshop, where both children and adults can try on our beautiful costumes. Dress up as a king, a queen or another figure from the Renaissance, the Middle Ages or other historical periods.
The Royal Dress-Up Workshop is open every day from 10.00 to 17.00

Buy your ticket to the museum here.

Det Kongelige Udklædningsværksted | Koldinghus

Join one of our fascinating tours

Explore the history or architecture of Koldinghus, learn more about the catastrophic fire in 1808, or take a closer look at the details in the magnificent Flora Danica porcelain service on one of our many guided tours.

Read more and see the dates of the different tours here.

Rundvisninger | Koldinghus

Explore the history and architecture of Koldinghus

If you look carefully, you can discover countless architectural details that tell gripping stories of royal residence, fire and restoration. Enjoy this fascinating experience both indoors and out as you tour the castle.

Buy your ticket to the museum here.

Kirkesalen | Historisk sal på Koldinghus

Lunch and refreshments in Madkælderen

Enjoy an ice lolly from the Castle Shop or treat yourself to lunch at Madkælderen. Every day, the castle restaurant Madkælderen serves a classic lunch platter with a selection of the best dishes from the traditional Danish lunch table, prepared from local, seasonal ingredients. We recommend that you reserve a table before your visit.
Madkælderen serves lunch every day from 11.30 to 15.00.


Koldinghus 1, 6000 Kolding
Telephone: 75 50 47 98
E-mail: info@madkaelderen.dk
Web: www.madkaelderen.dk

Book your table online here.

Buy your ticket to the museum here.