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The reverberations of Kolding’s occupation during the Second World War were felt into the 1980s, since which time the city has experienced a boom that is nothing short of miraculous. 21st century Kolding is a high-tech center of Northern Europe and a crossroads within Denmark, ensuring endless comings and goings and an eclectic, ever-fluctuating population.

In the city center, Kolding’s medieval castle overlooks flag-lined streets and pruned urban parks blooming with flowers – you would never guess that the scene was once economically decimated by war. Derelict buildings have since been swept away to make way for a breathtakingly modern city that is constantly reinventing itself. Kolding is now a center of commerce, manufacturing and industry, as well as an up and coming destination for students with no shortage of prestigious institutions – the city is home to a branch of the University of Southern Denmark and the Design School Kolding. Kolding’s strategic position also makes it a hub of foreign trade, perhaps accounting for its unfailingly friendly disposition that welcomes visitors of all races, ethnicities and orientations.

Things to do in Kolding:

Art and Culture

Dedicated to one of Denmark’s proudest cultural phenomena - furniture design - Trapholt Art Museum’s architecturally stunning interior reflects the relevance of its collections. Regardless of your personal interest in design, the museum is worth a visit simply for the vibrant furniture that emanates a feel of quintessential Scandinavia. Cultural Forum Würth Kolding is another scintillating space providing the perfect ambience to comprehensively experience the art, which comprises about 17,000 works. Admission to the exhibitions is free – Würth’s personal contribution to make art more accessible, and great news for the budgeting student.

Historical sites and monuments

A medieval castle perched atop a hill overlooking the town, Koldinghus is one of the few actual castles left in Denmark (most of the country’s ‘castles’ are technically manor houses). Students can enjoy this ancient edifice of Danish history for a discounted price of €6, but strolls around the castle lake (offering a spectacular vantage point for the castle) are priceless. Vying for dominance of the Kolding skyline, Saint Nikolai Church has been standing since the 14th century. Sadly, little of the original structure remains – the church today is a sumptuous red brick and possesses some of the most beautiful stained glass in Denmark.

Places of interest

Rådhuset is a stately red-brick, ivy-coated building in the quaint city square and has been the site of the town hall since the 16th century – it is particularly renowned for the Otto Bache painting in the foyer. Borchs Gård is another elderly monument of Kolding. This decorative Renaissance building dates from 1595 and is one of the most impressive timber-framed buildings in the region, originally built to house the town’s pharmacy. Kolding’s oldest house, however, sits unassumingly on Helligkorsgade. Det Gamle Borgerhus (the Old Citizen House) is a crooked, orange, half-timbered construction from 1589.

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