The story of the castle ruin of Vordingborg already starts when you catch the first glimpse of the Goose Tower. The iconic tower with the golden goose on top can be seen from a long distance. It is 650 years old and the only thing of the original medieval castle left above ground.
The Goose Tower is named after the golden goose Valdemar Atterdag placed on top to mock the German Hanseatic towns. In 1367, they sent Atterdag a declaration of war. But the Danish king was not scared. The original goose is lost in history. The current one is put up in 1871.
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Today, the Goose Tower is restored and part of the Danish Castle Centre. When you buy a ticket, access to the tower is included. If you go all the way to the top you can see the exhibition 'Under siege'. Here, an experience for all senses awaits you, when you witness a violent attack on the castle.
At the foot of the Goose Tower, you can walk on top of the Saint Andrew church. The church was part of the castle and the ground swells with medieval graves. Locals were buried inside the church and in the graveyard outside. Where they were buried, depended heavily on their status. The richer or more important the deceased were, the closer a spot to the holiest they would get.
The remains of the church now lie under ground, but we have recreated the structure of it, so you can take a stroll around Saint Andrew above ground.
In the opposite end of the castle you can come close to the old ring wall, one of the first things to be dug out when archaeologists for the first time excavated at Vordingborg in the 1880s. Through the years, the walls have been restored to withstand wind and weather. Here, you can stand close to the ruins of the castle and enjoy the view over the water and the peninsula of Oringe.
Our iPad guide delivers the stories directly into your ears while you walk the castle ground. There is also a lot of fun for the children who can chase scary ghosts and monsters all over the castle ground.