Museum Kolding is various things, and guests may experience everything from beautiful Danish nature at Skamlingsbanken, to the UNESCO town of Christiansfeld or visit Staldgården, where new technology takes you back in time to Kolding during the occupuation.
Staldgården has a substantial history bonded to that of the castle Koldinghus. The great white building a the castle bank in the centre of Kolding is in the same condition as it was, when it was built in the 1600's, as a replacement of the half-timbered building, which used to house the Danish royal horses. The barn has been serving the barn of royal horses, the Holstein Lance Regiment, training af the army's young horses - and during World War II as the headquarters of the GESTAPO Southern Jutland.
During occupation the GESTAPO established five prison cells. Zelle II is left completely untouched since the end of the war. Several members of the resistance carved their names into the walls of the cell.
In september of 2021 Zelle II opened with three different digital tales, each of their own focus, which leads the audience into the old cell.
The south wing of Staldgården opened for new special exhibitions in 2022.
Staldgården in Kolding - The headquarters of GESTAPO in Southern Jutland during the occupation.
Zelle 2 - Denmark's sole preserved Gestapo-celle - at Staldgården in Kolding
Skamlingsbanken i Kolding
The nature at Skamlingsbanken speaks for itself, it is certainly worth a visit.
The area is formed by the forces of the latest ice age, in which the ice of the Little Belt pushed rocks and clay in front and created a great landscape of steep hills and valleys. At the top, at Højskamlingen, you are 113 meters above sea level – and the view is spectacular. One of the most beautiful in Denmark.
Skamlingsbanken is a gathering place for people. A site, which through time up until today has been seen as a tour site for families looking for a cozy time. Some of the most important parts of Danish history has threads to Skamlingsbanken, and since 1843 the place has been a folksy and national place of gathering. Great speakers have affected the lives of many Danes on this hill.
In the new visitor's centre you see four great forces, which are the main point of the installation and the narrative. The four forces are those of nature, place, speech and gathering. The forces are the thematic frame of the installation and the attachment to the landscape. The narrative draws out lines in the landscape in which the real story is and there a special connection to the site and the story of the site as a unique, traditional and folksy go-to-site. Even architecture plays a role in the new visitor's centre, which is built into the slopes, in order for nature to stay as undisturbed as possible with a view of Little Belt it is an architectural portal to the history of the site.
At Skamlingsbanken you find various hiking routes, which vary in difficulty. The terrain is a bit bumpy, as you have to remember that it is Southern Jutland's tallest "mountain".
At the top the view is breathtaking - one of the greatest in the country.
Christiansfeld - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Christiansfeld is one of seven world heritage sites in Denmark – a world class cultural experience!
The town has a very atmosphere of piece, quiet and comfort. It is a great experience with its straight streets with linden trees and symmetrical house made of characteristic yellow bricks – in all a pearl of architecture and town planning.
In the centre of town you will find great shops and the bakers make the most delicious gingerbread cakes.
Christiansfeld was admitted as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2015, as a testimony to its cultural tradition and an example of impressive architecture.
On a journey to Herrnhut King Christian VII was so in awe of the Moravian Brethren's ease in craftsmanship that he invited the congregation to Denmark and offered them a piece of land.
In 1773 Christiansfeld was founded by the Moravian Brethren. It is a evangelian-lutheran free church, which is part of the world renowned brotherhood consisting of towns and congregations in various countries.
The great craftsmen of the Moravian Brethren created their own vision of the perfect society - with symmetry, union and equality between the people of the town.
Go inside Søstrehuset, and experience the church's own exhibition, roam the halls and be taken in awe of the simplicity and solemnity present in the building.
The museum shops
Visit the museum shops in Christiansfeld and at Skamlingsbanken and find the perfect gift og souvenir. The products primarily come from Danish cooperations with craftmanship and sustainability in focus. The selection varies and is continously changed and adjusted, which ensures you new experiences and inspiration.
You may visit the museum shops without a ticket to the museums.
During the Danish school holiday season Museum Kolding will make activities for children. Find the activities at the website www.museumkolding.dk
Moreover, during the year it is possible to go outdoor exploring in Christiansfeld and Kolding.