Scattered across the municipality are 21 larger and smaller towns. The largest is Kalundborg, which is home to the area’s central administration and around a third of the inhabitants in the municipality.
There are four other large towns, Gørlev, Høng, Svebølle and Ubby, each with between 2.000-4.000 inhabitants. These towns are all different with a unique offering of nature, infrastructure, housing, culture, sports associations and much more.
Whether you are looking to buy, rent or part-own, you can find a range of housing options across the municipality, all very competitively priced. You can find more information about housing options here.
Gørlev has around 2.200 inhabitants and is situated between Kalundborg and Slagelse. There are a range of amenities, including shops, kindergartens, a school, a sports club, a gym, a church, a library, a chemist and several doctors. The old cinema is home to some great associations and cultural activities.
Gørlev’s close proximity to beaches and nature reserves means that you can enjoy the great outdoors on any given day and on the outskirts of town there’s an adventure playground and shelters you can use for free.
The town’s iconic sugar factory, which closed for production in 2000, has been transformed into modern rental office spaces.
Reersø is a peninsula around 10 km from Gørlev and as the name suggests it was originally an island (ø) and only landlocked to the mainland in 1852. This is evident in the vast wetlands which is home to wading birds and geese as well as an extraordinary flora. The peninsula’s coastal area with rocky beaches and cliffs is popular with hikers and if you are into fishing, there are many good spots to cast a line.
In the peninsula’s small idyllic village, you find heritage listed houses and farms dating back to 1750, a church build in 1904, an inn, a café with live music, accommodation and a marina. Approx. 500 people live in Reersø, but during summer that number increases due to the large number of vacation homes on the peninsula.
Kirke Helsinge and Vinde Helsinge
Kirke Helsinge is home to approx. 500 people and has a kindergarten, a school, an assembly hall, a church as well as an adventure playground and a grocery store.
Vinde Helsinge is smaller with just under 100 inhabitants and is home to a boarding school, an assembly hall and a farm shop.
This area covers the southeastern part of the municipality and the beautiful hilly landscape around Tissø.
Høng is the second largest town in Kalundborg municipality and home to 4.000 people. Its central location means that you can get to Copenhagen or Odense in around 1½ hours. Simply catch the local train or bus to Slagelse station, where trains go both east and west every half hour. Or jump in your car, drive 10 minutes towards Slagelse and get on the E4 motorway.
Høng has a rich educational history and is still home to a number of educational institutions, including several kindergartens, a public school, a private school, Denmark’s smallest high school, a boarding school and an agricultural school. There’s also a library, where you can renew your driver’s license and passport.
In and around the town there are lots of green areas, fields and parks and there’s even a forest on the outskirts, so it’s ideal if you want to live close to nature.
There are a large number of associations and clubs for both kids and adults, including football, badminton, gymnastics, running and so on. At the local sports facilities you can also find a large outdoor adventure playground and sporting equipment that’s free to use. The area offers social and cultural events throughout the year.
You can find most shops in Høng, including groceries, men’s and lady’s clothes, stationery, jewellery, chemist and much more.
Close to Høng is the small village, Løve, that has grown quite a bit in the last few years. The local windmill is run by volunteers and still produces flour. It’s open for visitors occasionally and plays host to a popular annual Christmas market.
The lake of Tissø was created after the ice receded, at the end of the last ice age. The landscape around the lake consists of hills, forests, fields and the occasional estate. The lake supports a rich fish and plant life and is home to a varied birdlife and there’s even a publicly accessible birdwatching tower near Fugledegård.
The lake forms part of the Kalundborg Symbiosis, where some of the lake’s outflow is used as cooling water for the Kalundborg Eco-industrial Park.
On the southern part of Tissø lies Sæby, a small village of 350 inhabitants, an independent school, a kindergarten and an assembly hall. Close by is the smaller village, Hallenslev.
Due to their proximity to Tissø, both these villages offer excellent nature experiences and Fugledegård visitor centre, which showcases the area’s rich Viking history, is well worth a visit.
Svebølle is flanked by the villages Værslev, Viskinge, Forsinge and Gl. Svebølle to the south and west and Bjergsted and Bregninge to the east and north.
Svebølle is situated on the trainline between Kalundborg and Copenhagen, and the station is right in the middle of the town. If you prefer to drive, expressway 23 is only a few km away and provides easy access to and from Svebølle. It’s also easy to get around in the town, as there are lots of paths for walking and biking.
Svebølle has approx. 1.900 inhabitants and the town features a school, a kindergarten, a library, sports facilities, a range of social activities as well as grocery and specialty shops. Just 10 km away you’ll find Jyderup, which has a larger variety of shops.
Just east of Svebølle you find Bjergsted, which is home to approx. 160 people. The beautiful hilly landscape surrounding the town invites locals and visitors alike to explore everything nature has to offer. The town itself is quaint and cosy with winding roads and half-timbered houses.
The town has daycare facilities and two private nature kindergartens, while daycare centres are available in both Svebølle and Snertinge. There’s a private school 3 km away and a public school in Svebølle.
The only shop in Bjergsted is a very reputable butcher. The closest grocery and speciality shops can be found in Jyderup, 4 km to the east, or in Svebølle, 6 km to the west. As the town is right next to expressway 23, you can get to Copenhagen in around an hour.
Many of the inhabitants work locally, including several artists and artisans and the local resident association offers a range of activities.
Close to Svebølle and expressway 23 lies Viskinge with approx. 300 inhabitants. The village has a daycare facility and an assembly hall, but no shops.
Særslev-Snertinge lies in the municipality’s northwestern corner and is home to almost 900 people. It’s located right where the country road from Kalundborg to Holbæk and the country road from Slagelse to Nykøbing cross each other.
It’s a cosy town with several eateries and grocery shops.
The surrounding areas of coastline, nature reserve, Vesterlyng beach and Havnsø, with its various tourist activities, offer fantastic nature and outdoor activities.
The town of Havnsø is located right on the coast and is home to approx. 800 inhabitants.
Step aboard the local ferry to visit Sejerø and Nekselø or drive to Kalundborg, Holbæk or Slagelse within 30 minutes. The area is popular with tourists and offers a range of accommodation, including holiday homes, a camping site and a hotel.
The local shops include a grocery shop, eateries and a few speciality shops.
Eskebjerg / Føllenslev
Eskebjerg has approx. 250 inhabitants, a grocery shop and an assembly hall. Close by is Kaldred Ferieby, which is a popular holiday spot with rental holiday homes. And the surrounding coastal areas with gorgeous beaches and the two islands can be explored on foot or bicycle.
Føllenslev has almost 350 inhabitants and is home to the famous Culture House Gimle, where you can enjoy music from all corners of the world, including salsa, Afropop, Scottish and Irish folk music, funk, big band, classical, jungle blues and rocking blues.
Ubby-Jerslev are two towns that have amalgamated due to local population. Situated just under 15 km. southeast of Kalundborg and home to approx. 1.900 people.
Its closeness to expressway 22, which connects Kalundborg and Slagelse, offers easy access to both places. And with only 10 minutes’ drive to expressway 23, you are already on your way to Holbæk, Roskilde and Copenhagen.
Jerslev is a former station town, where you find the school and the sports facilities. Ubby is home to the church, the assembly hall, the library, grocery shops and daycare facilities.
Ubby-Jerslev is the main town for the surrounding smaller villages of Bjerge, Flinterup, Li. Fuglede, St. Fuglede Kirkeby, Store Fuglede Stationsby, Jorløse, Kelleklinte, Klovby, Frankerup and Svallerup.
The area offers a range of nature activities and is also close to Tissø.