Ellinge Castle

Eslöv, Sweden

Ellinge Castle is one of Scania's oldest country seats, dating from the 13th century. The origins of the current castle building dates from the 15th century. It is still surrounded by Medieval moats.

In the 18th century the Danish fortress was transformed into an open mansion of traditional Swedish style. The tower like structure was added in the middle of the 19th century. Today there are only remnants of the former fortress moats and buildings preserved, inside the present mansion walls. Ellinge Castle can be rented today for conferences, wedding and event services. The park is open to visitors.

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1263, Eslöv, Sweden
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Kalmar Union (Sweden)

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4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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m bondesson (7 months ago)
Great castle! Was there with my work and it was a very positive experience. Nice staff, very good food and everything felt very luxurious. Good conference room too. Top rating!
Renée Hermansson (7 months ago)
Best and nicest staff, like icing on the cake
Cecilia Rosenbecker (7 months ago)
Beautiful, good staff. Perfect for weddings.
Eva Ottosson (8 months ago)
Today we have been on a guided tour of the castle. So fun to see the castle from the inside and hear its history. The lord of the castle himself told us and all four of us thought it was so much fun. Then we got coffee with such a good cake and finally we got to see how the best vodka came about. Interesting. We are so happy with the visit.
Lena Dahlberg (2 years ago)
Beautiful little castle! Very nice staff. No big place but perfect for the little company. Recommend it for a little wedding or company get together.
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