The Goose Tower lies in Vordingborg. It is Denmark’s best preserved castle tower, and represents one of Vordingborg’s main landmarks. Once, Vordingborg was a political and military centre of power and legendary kings. Valdemar I (i.e. Valdemar the Great), Valdemar II and Valdemar IV all reigned in the castle. The first castle was built in the 1160’s. In 1241, the so-called Codex Holmiensis, i.e. the Danish Code of Jutland, was signed in Vordingborg. In the 1360’s, Valdemar IV built the famous Goose Tower which still stands to this very day as part of Vordingborg Castle. The castle was the country's largest royal castle and the Goose Tower remains as just one of the castle's nine towers.
The golden goose on top of the tower was put there to make fun of the German Hanseatic League. Back then, the Hanseatic League was at war with King Valdemar IV. He teased them by claiming that he was more afraid of a bunch of cackling geese than of the entire German League.
On the 3 hectar big and beautiful castle yard in the middle of Vordingborg, you can still see the remainings of the 710 meter long and 8 meter high ringwall which surrounded Denmarks most important castle in the 14th century - with the Goose Tower from around 1365 as the best preserved part.
Several kings have had their residence here. This is where the first constitution was signed and where the kingdom of Denmark was reunited after years of divisive during Valdemar the Great (1157-1182)
High tech experiences at the Danish Castle Centre.
With the opening of the Danish Castle Centre, the Goose Tower and Vordingborg Castle will be given a whole new life. It is a modern experience centre that tells the story of castles, kings and power in the medieval times.
There will be daily tours of the castle ruins and lots of activities for children and the young at heart.
Under the ground
Also visit the brand new underground exhibition space where intriguing projections, street art and authentic artifacts from the Middle Ages provide a magical experience. The Danish Castle Centre also has its own soundtrack, accompanying you and changing wherever you move around in the exhibition. Read more about The Danish Castle Centre under their site.