Port of Kalundborg offers top class facilities for cruise ships. A large quay area to operate the shore excursions from so that the tour operations run smoothly and a complementary shuttle service from the harbor to the town center every 15 minutes brings the cruise guests and crew quickly and easily into town. Passengers can also walk to the town center, the distance is approximately 0.8 miles (15 minutes walk).
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Kalundborg with 20,000 inhabitants, is the central town in the new Kalundborg municipality with a total of 50,000 inhabitants.
The town is home to one of the world's few five-towered churches. Built in the 12th century, the church is built to resemble a fortress, though it never played a part in defending Kalundborg. Inside, the church is surprisingly small but has some interesting features. It is free to enter the church and doors are open most days.
The church is part of Medieval Kalundborg ("Højbyen" - the high town, named because the area is on a hill). Cobbled streets line the areas and visitors will see several medieval buildings. The Old Latin Academy, the medieval hospital, and nearby Kaalund Monastery are all beautifully preserved.
Kalundborg is a calm destination for transit passengers. The local area is stirring with beautiful landscapes, small villages and many sights close by.
Kalundborg museum contains a lot of interesting exhibits going back to when the town played a vital part in Nordic crusaders. Visitors will also find Viking artefacts and more recent finds from the 19th century when Kalundborg was a trading port. Entrance fee is 75 DKK. Open Tuesday to Saturday, except over Christmas and New Year.
From the central location, passengers can also choose to go farther away. Copenhagen, Roskilde (the famous Cathedral) and Odense (hometown of Hans Christian Andersen) are within a full-day excursion
Kalundborg Museum Adults 40 DKK
There is tourist information on the quay.
The cruise ships dock not far from the train station which gives visitors a chance to explore further afield.
Jyderup is a small town surrounded by stunning nature. People interested in hiking could do well to hop on the train for a 20 minute trip to Jyderup. The Skarresø lake is just a five minute walk away from the train station and nature lovers will be rewarded with an relaxed walk on well-defined paths through the local forest. Bird enthusiasts may spot one of the sea eagles nesting on the small island in the middle of the forest, while history buffs might be interested in the ruins of a 15th century castle once owned by Queen Margaret I. A 20 walk from the train station will take you through a typical Danish provincial town and into the Medieval village surrounding the 12th century church which has some well-preserved pre-Reformation frescos.
Svebølle is a 10 minute train ride away from Kalundborg, but visitors would need to book a taxi to take them from Svebølle to Tissø, one of Denmark's largest lakes and home to a Viking site. The area around the lake is been inhabited since 12,000 BCE and has yielded some of the finest prehistoric artefacts in the world (many on display in the National Museum in Copenhagen). Tissø was home to a Viking fortress and parts have been excavated. Visitors can visit the visitor centre, enjoy a leisurely walk around the lake which also boasts a bird reserve and several stone burial chambers.
Roskilde is an hour away by train. Highlights include the UNESCO heritage site of Roskilde Cathedral where Danish monarchs are buried. The Cathedral is truly stunning and well-worth a visit. A 10 minute walk further afield takes visitors to the tranquil Roskilde fjord where the Viking Ship Museum is situated. You can see how the longships were built, try stepping onboard one of the largest reconstructed longships in the world and enjoy a delicious lunch before you visit the museum's collection of excavated ships. Entrance fee to the Ship Museum: 150DKK. Entrance fee to the Cathedral: 70DKK. Private tours are possible. Please ask the Kalundborg visitor centre for details.
Decent shopping can be had on Kordilgade (cobblestone pedestrian street) including jewelry shops, home decor shops (perfect place to scout Danish Design pieces), and even a yarn shop. Recently the harbour front has been redeveloped with small cafes and restaurants springing up.
Denmark is not part of the EURO-monetary system, but major shops will probably give prices both in Danish kroner and in EURO (€). Most major international credit cards are accepted in Denmark.
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