WWI exhibition at Sønderborg Castle
WWI exhibition at Sønderborg Castle

Sønderborg Castle

The historically significant castle, which lies along the water in Sønderborg, is not only beautiful to look upon, but also exciting to experience from within. Explore the magnificent building with the rich history.

The history

The castle was originally a fortress, which was built around the year 1170 due to its strategic position when defending the nation. During the 13th and 14th century the fortress was gradually expanded and was both under Danish and German rule. From 1532 to 1549 the strong fortress was transformed into a prison for the Danish King Christian the 2nd. In 1550 King Christian the 3rd and Queen Dorothea started the reconstruction of the fortress to a castle in Renaissance style with a castle church, which was one of the first protestant chapels in Scandinavia. Later the castle was taken over by Duke Hans the Younger in 1571, until it finally belonged to the Danish crown after the bankruptcy of the duchy. After being simplified into a baroque castle, the building functioned as both barracks, infantry barracks and dungeon during various wars. After the reunion in 1920 the castle was sold to the Danish government.

The museum

Today the castle has been transformed into a museum about the history of South Jutland with varying exhibitions from the Middle Ages until present day. When visiting the historical museum you will be entering different eras of the castle, experiencing the dungeon, the knights' hall and the castle church along the way. The permanent exhibitions portrait the meaningful events such as the war in 1864, First World War and the Reunion in 1920.

Contact

Sønderborg Castle
Sønderbro 1
6400 Sønderborg

Tlf: +45 74 42 25 39

E-mail: sonderborg@museum-sonderjylland.dk

Website: www.museum-sonderjylland.dk

Also view bookable products for the castle here.

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Combination ticket to 3 attractions

Get access to plenty of experiences for the entire family.

Visit the popular Experience Park Universe, the Historic Battlefield Center Dybbøl Banke and the impressive Sønderborg Castle.

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