Kalø Castle Ruins
Explore Denmark's oldest medieval paved road on your way to the stunning Kalø Castle Ruins of the 700-year-old fortress, nestled on the charming Kalø peninsula. Follow in the footsteps of ancient travelers as you walk along this historic path, taking in the breathtaking scenery and immersing yourself in the rich history of the area.
The longest medieval road in Denmark
Arriving at the end of the longest medieval road in Denmark, which was constructed at the same time as the castle Kalø Slotsruin, you can easily imagine the life that went on behind the castle walls. King Erik Menved (1274-1319) had the castle built after he had defeated a Jutland peasants’ revolt in 1313.
The power of the king
The castle was quite modern, e.g. with a flanking tower; the first of its kind in Denmark. Kalø Castle was impressive and nearly impregnable. However, in reality, the castle was built to keep domestic enemies under control, i.e. peasants led by noblemen; the selfsame people the King had forced to build the castle for him in the first place.
The prisoner king
The most famous prisoner held at the castle was Gustav Vasa, who was imprisoned here from 1518 to 1519 when he escaped. Gustav Vasa was later to become the King of Sweden. Until the introduction of an absolute monarchy in 1660, Kalø Castle served as the manor for all of Djursland.
Don't miss the chance to experience this unique and unforgettable journey back in time.