The 10 Best Things to Do in Kolding, Denmark

August 28, 2017 Leonarda Pillsbury

Billing itself as one of Denmark's friendliest towns, Kolding certainly appears welcoming—its streets lined with cherry red Danish flags that seem to be constantly waving hello. A medieval castle towers over vibrant parks that bloom with flowers and medicinal spices. On balmy days families will be grateful for SlotssøBadet, an extraordinary waterpark that's a blast for all ages.
Restaurants in Kolding

1. Trapholt

Aeblehaven 23, Kolding 6000, Denmark +45 76 30 05 30
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4.5 based on 203 reviews

Trapholt

Museum of Modern Art And Design Trapholt is located in Southern Denmark on the Mainland of Jutland and is one of the largest and most popular museums in Denmark, outside of Copenhagen. Trapholt opened in 1988 and added additional exhibition space and collection storage in 1996. The international architecture competition held in 1982, was won by the project team of architects Boje Lundgaard and Bente Aude, lighting designer Sophus Frandsen and landscape architect Svend Kirkegaard, for its exceptional museum design and its extraordinary and sensitive placement in nature. The Museum is set in a beautiful sculpture park overlooking the water of Kolding Fjord and visitors come from far and near, not only to see the amazing array of Exhibitions, Performances and programs but also to experience the museum’s architecture, the one-of-a-kind summerhouse designed by Arne Jacobsen, to find unique design treasures in the museum shop and to become culinarily tempted in the restaurant with its breathtaking view. At Trapholt visitors will be welcomed by TRAPguides that are trained to help assist and offer the visitors guided tours of the museum, tours of Arne Jacobsen’s summerhouse, and introductions to current Exhibitions. Also at Trapholt, we make sure to always have a varied range of options and activities for children and their accompanying adults. Trapholt Exhibitions Trapholt displays a series of permanent and temporary Exhibitions throughout the year. Trapholt’s goal is, at any given time, to display Exhibitions of three different categories within its expertise; namely aesthetically enticing displays, current, debate creating exhibits and compelling insights into design and art history. Trapholt has a total of 2500 square meters of exhibition space divided into 8 galleries. Unique for the architectural design of the museum, is that not only does some galleries have breathtaking views, but each and every gallery has its own specific character and is unique in regards to the layout, daylight/artificial light and orientation. All galleries are accessible from the main museum walkway that winds it way down the sloped terrains and gives access to all the Exhibitions. The whole museum, and all the facilities, are designed to be wheelchair accessible . The Trapholt Collections Trapholt collections consists of: A large collection of Danish furniture design Modern Danish visual art and sculpture A permanent Richard Mortensen exhibition Ceramics, textiles and product designs The sculpture park, with works by Danish contemporary artists The Arne Jacobsen’s Cube flex summerhouse The collection of Danish visual arts and sculpture, is mainly from the 19th century up until today. The bulk of the collection however, dates from after 1900 and in addition to art, the collection also includes crafts, and product designs from this period. The furniture collection at Trapholt charts the development of Danish furniture design from the beginning of the twentieth century up until the present. The collection is continually being added to- in the form of new acquisitions, donations and gifts- and are regularly being featured in temporary and permanent museum Exhibitions.

Reviewed By mikael.bjerrum - Copenhagen, Denmark

We went to Trapholt to see the special exhibition of Danish artist, Michael Kvium. And it is mazing and higly recommendable (runs until end 2017). Other Exhibitions included a focus on fraud in art (Ok, but not very interesting) and presentation of Danish design (presenting a couple of famous Danish chairs, but quite dull). A special feature was a place where one could make your own exhibition, but the idea fell to the ground; it just worked like a storage room with absolutely no clou.

Koldinghus 1, Kolding 6000, Denmark +45 76 33 81 00
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4.5 based on 445 reviews

Koldinghus

Koldinghus was built in the middle of the 13th century, and in the centuries that followed it was one of Denmark's most important royal Castles. In 1808 there was a fire that left the castle in ruins – a romantic relic. Today the castle has been restored and houses a museum which is a centre for cultural activities and special Exhibitions of international standing.

Reviewed By Krzysztof N - Kolding, Denmark

It is a building with short story. Danish history is connected to the place. Unfortunately, both from architecture point and important events - nothing special here. Other side is Kolding town does not offer too much so it is better than nothing.

3. Legeparken in Kolding

Groenningen 2, Kolding 6000, Denmark +45 21 71 84 08
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Legeparken in Kolding

Close to Koldinghus, is the popular playground and park known as Legeparken. Legeparken is a recreational area for children and adults, and it is open all year round. The main attraction is a 5000 square metre artificial lake, featuring free rowing boats. You will also find assorted playground equipment, activity buildings, a kiosk, grill sites and toilets.

Reviewed By 0suvik

Our six year old had a lot of fun playing, driving and rowing in the park. Lots to do, clean toilets, worth a visit. There is picnic tables and a small kiosk, you could spend the hole day in the park.

4. Geographical Gardens

Christian 4 Vej 23 | Kolding, Kolding 6000, Denmark +45 79 79 70 00
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Geographical Gardens

Geographical Garden is an experience park and botanical garden. Here you can learn where the various plants are from because they are organized based on geographical origin. You can experience thousands of roses, greenhouses, animal shelters, jungle paths, play areas and Kolding Miniature Town. Get inspiration for your own garden at the Gardens of Ideas or participate in the many events during the summer. Bring your picnic basket or visit our cafe where afternoon tea is served on specific days throughout the summer. In 2018 the garden has its 100th anniversary and this will be celebrated with a variety of events. You can read more about the anniversary and view the program here: The 100th anniversary of the Geografical Garden/Geografisk Have.

Reviewed By Yorkie1948 - Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Such a beautiful area to walk around and admire plants and shrubs from various parts of the world, the Gardens are separated into different areas of the world and there are two different walks (one shorter) so that you can follow the flow around the Gardens. The staff are very helpful and there is a cafe near the entrance. well worth a visit.

5. Downtown Kolding

Kolding, Denmark
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Downtown Kolding

Kolding, one of the largest city in Denmark. The center of the city offers a large area with pedestrian streets and quaint alleys. The City offers a huge variety of different shops. There are often events in the city as jazz in the streets during the summer, Culture Night and markets.

Reviewed By SR-1007 - Houston, Texas

From a nice lake and historic manor stop the hill, to a downtown with a variety of interesting shops, I was pleasantly surprised at all of the possibilities. Two outdoor store stocked for serious campers and hikers get high marks.Dear Roger T Thanks for your review, lovely that you were happy to visit our town, hope to see you soon again. Best regards, Iben

6. Kolding Miniby

Christian 4 Vej 23 | Adgang gennem Geografisk have, Christian 4 Vej 23, Kolding 6000, Denmark +45 75 54 08 21
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Kolding Miniby

Reviewed By Yorkie1948 - Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Whow what a treat i had seen the Miniby from the road whilst going to the country music festival next door at the Amfiscenen, so decided to pay a visit on the Saturday morning.
The lady on reception was very helpful giving me a brochure in English and explaining all that was on offer. You go through the Geographical Gardens to get to the Miniby and that alone is worth a visit. As for the Minby such detail is exceptional for the houses, streets, castle and church. There were staff at hand to help with any questions and a small gift shop also. Well worth the visit to see and understand how Kolding was in by gone years.

7. Dansk Sygeplejehistorisk Museum

Fjordvej 152, Kolding 6000, Denmark +45 76 32 76 76
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Dansk Sygeplejehistorisk Museum

The Museum of Nursing History in Kolding is the only professional museum on nursing in Denmark. The museum conveys the history of nursing and health care from the Middle Ages until today. The museum is housed in an old tuberculosis sanatorium with a beautiful view over Kolding Fjord. Here you can see how a hospital ward was arranged and how nursing was done.

Reviewed By richie1732 - Oronoco, Minnesota

We found this museums looking at the things to do list on trip advisor. The history of nursing, and the use of the building g as a sanatorium is explained in an excellent Manor using models, costumes and much memorabilia. I loved it.Dear Richie1732 Thank you very much for your great review. We are happy to hear that you had such a good day at the museum. Kind regards Trine Gjesing Antvor

Skamlingvej 76, Sjoelund, Kolding 6093, Denmark
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Skamlingsbanken

Skamlingsbanken, is the highest point in South Jutland with its placement 113 metres above sea level. Skamlingsbanken is located in beautiful surroundings with magnificent views of the whole region between Kolding and Christiansfeld. There are also views to the Little Belt and Funen and a long way into Jutland to the west. It’s a grand landscape with undulating fields, beech Forests and hedgerows. Skamlingsbanken is also known for the gatherings that took place in support of the Danish cause in South Jutland in the years 1843-59. On Højskamlingen, is a 16-metre-high monument made of 25 granite blocks commemorating the defenders of the Danish cause in Schleswig. The monument was erected in 1863, blown up by the Prussians in 1864 and erected again in 1866. This reconstruction was made possible because people in the area had kept the stones. Near the monument are six other monuments and a platform of large stones. The platform is surrounded by five groups of trees that symbolise the inseparability of the five Nordic countries. These trees are: Beech (Denmark), birch (Sweden), spruce (Norway), juniper (Finland) and rowan (Iceland). After the liberation of Denmark in 1945, a monument was erected in honor of the fallen from the South Jutlandic resistance movement. The hill is a popular destination for excursions and offers a car park, a small exhibition about the history of Skamlingsbanken and a restaurant.

Reviewed By springbank - Greve, Denmark

If you are in the area, south of Kolding, visit this nice spot with a fantastic view. It is a large hill, 113 meter, the highest pint in Southern Jutland. The hill was created during the ice age with clay pushed up from a glacier. There is a 16 meter tall memorial column raised in 1863.

9. Marielundssoen

Marielundsvej 20, Kolding 6000, Denmark +45 76 33 21 00
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Marielundssoen

Marielundssøen is an idylic area, where you can go for a walk or take your bike, along the trails in the forest, and around the lake. There is also a small puplic area with benches, if you want to bring lunch. The place is highly recommended for a walk in good or bad weather.

Reviewed By NZfour - Christchurch, New Zealand

A lovely stroll around the lake in spring time with the magnificent green birch trees. This track is enjoyed by locals and there is many other networks of tracks nearby some suitable for mountain biking.

10. Det Gamle Borgerhus

Helligkorsgade 18, Kolding 6000, Denmark
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Det Gamle Borgerhus

The house was built in 1589, in the typical architectural style of Kolding, as a gable house facing the street. This tradition originated from the North German trading towns and spread to the Danish towns along the Little Belt during the Middle Ages. There are only a few surviving examples left in Denmark of this construction method, which gave many owners direct access to the street. Amongst these, there are three in Kolding: Borch's Gard on Akseltorv and Helligkorsgade 18 and 20. In 1704, shoemaker Jørgen Hansen bought the house and it was in the ownership of his family until 1915. It was then bought by a group of Kolding citizens, who wanted to ensure that it would be preserved for posterity. The house was later given to Kolding municipality, which used it as a tourist office for many years. Today, the building is used as an exhibition area for artists. In the gable facing the garden is a cannonball from the battle of Kolding on 23 April 1849.

Reviewed By JaanaS682 - Finland

There was a free art exhibition with two artists. Fantastic house and fabulous art. They told me the town Tourist information used to be in the house and when it moved, the town wanted to demolish the house and the inhabitants joined forces to save it. Unbeliavable! Go also behind the house, to a small, lovely garden.

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