The small half kilometer off the dam to Kalø Slotsruin is also a journey just over 700 years back in time. At the end of this longest medieval road in Denmark, built at the same time as the construction of the Kalø Castle, it is not difficult to imagine the life that must have been below the castle walls.
It was Kong Erik Menved (1274-1319) who, after defeating a Jutland peasant uprising in 1313, let the castle erect. It was quite modern with eg. a flanking tower – the first of its kind in Denmark – there is a kind of side wing close to the large tower. The Kalø Castle was impressive and something almost impeccable.
But in reality, it was the inner enemies, i.e. farmers with great men in the lead, which the castle should keep in check. It was also those who had built the castle under compulsion. Kalø’s most famous prisoner is Gustav Vasa, who was a prisoner in the years 1518-19 until he fled. He later became Swedish king.
Until the monarchy in the year 1660, Kalø Castle was a sheriff’s seat for entire Djursland. When it was demolished, the stones were scattered and used for eg. Charlottenborg in Copenhagen.
The forests around Kalø Vig are Hestehave Forest with a view over to the castle ruin and the lesser known Ringelmose Forest on the other side of Molsvej.
The whole area lies under some moraine trays left by the Hungarian Ice Promotions. In a way, the nature of the cove stands as an amphitheater with spectator seats up on the hills at Rønde, while the stage is the cove with the castle ruin. The picturesque Mols Mountains form the backdrop. In any case, the local historian and writer Vilfred Friborg Hansen writes in his book “Kalø – Slottet and the estate for 700 years” (Book Gallery 2013).