August 2004 panoramic view of Vordingborg
Location in Denmark
|Coordinates: 55°00′29″N 11°54′40″E / 55.008°N 11.911°E|
|• Mayor||Henrik Holmer|
|• Urban area||11,843|
|Time zone||Central Europe Time (UTC+1)|
Vordingborg is an old ferry town in Vordingborg Municipality in Denmark. It has an inner urban area population of 11,843 (1 January 2015), and a total population of 17,714 including the satellite towns Ørslev, Nyråd and Stensved. These satellite towns have evolved during the last decades, due to three large estates surrounding Vordingborg and therefore prevented a collective development of the town. Vordingborg Municipality (Kommune) has a population of 46,000.
On January 1, 2007 the old Vordingborg municipality was, as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007), merged with Langebæk, Møn, and Præstø municipalities to form an enlarged Vordingborg municipality.
Vordingborg is situated 37 km from Nykøbing Falster, roughly 50 km from Gedser, and roughly 100 km from Copenhagen and Odense. The town is situated on the island of Zealand and is linked to the island of Falster with Farø Bridges and Storstrøm Bridge.
Vordingborg Municipality is home to 9,500 jobs. Companies headquartered in Vordingborg include Vordingborg Køkkener, a kitchen manufacturer. Udbetaling Danmark, a public institution under ARP, has one of its five regional centres in the town.
The ruins of Vordingborg Castle, the old royal castle which was built around 1364, is the town's most famous attraction. The only fully remaining part of the castle, the 26 meter tall Goose Tower (Gåsetårnet), is the symbol of the city. It is the largest of King Valdemar Atterdag's nine main castle towers. The name comes from the golden goose perched on top of the tower's spire. Legend has it that Valdemar Atterdag used the symbol to taunt the Hanseatic League. The current goose was put there in 1871. It is not certain what was on top of the tower before 1871 and maybe it was just a weather vane made of gold. The tower was transferred into the national trust on December 24, 1808, and is thus the first, protected historic monument in Denmark.
A historic garden is also located on the site of the ruin.
Vordingborg is the home of the South Zealand Museum (Sydsjællands Museum).
The city holds an annual festival, Vordingborg Fest Week (Vordingborg Festuge) in July.
The Vordingborg Transmitter is one of the tallest towers in Denmark.
The Danish Army operates a barracks facility on the edge of town, known as Vordingborg Kaserne.
- Margaret I of Denmark (1352–1412), monarch
- Peter_Andreas_Heiberg (1758-1841), author
- N. F. S. Grundtvig (1783–1872), pastor and writer
- Carl Christoffer Georg Andræ (1812–1893), prime minister
- Ib Braase (1923–2009), sculptor
- Morten Olsen (born 1949), footballer and coach of the Danish national football team
- Cecilie Thomsen (born 1974), actress and model
- Trentemøller, (1974) electronic music producer
Vordingborg is twinned with:
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- "Nyt hovedsæde til Vordingborg Køkkenet" (in Danish). Sydsjællands Tidende. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
- "Mikkelsen Arkitekter får arkitekturpris for Udbetaling Danmark" (in Danish). Mikkelsen Arkitekter. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
Media related to Vordingborg at Wikimedia Commons