Hvedholm Castle

Faaborg, Denmark

Hvedholm Castle near Faaborg on the island of Funen in Denmark was built in the 15th century. It was owned in turn by the Banke, Hardenberg and Brahe families until 1919, when the Danish government presented the then owners with an enormous tax demand, forcing them to sell it to the state for approximately 175,000 Danish kroner. Hvedholm Castle was later returned to the Brahe family, who were considered for generations the rightful rulers of the castle and surrounding villages.

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Founded: 1878-1882
Category: Castles and fortifications in Denmark

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Bjarni J (2 months ago)
Absolutely lovely stay, can't recommend it enough, even during the pandemic.
Evald Kristensen (6 months ago)
Nice place to see a castle
Evald Kristensen (6 months ago)
Nice place to see a castle
Paula Jota Pedersen (7 months ago)
We were there for a slotophold. It was amazing to see the inside of the castle, and to sleep in a castle room :-) the dinner was good. The only minus was that the tables were too close to one another.
Paula Jota Pedersen (7 months ago)
We were there for a slotophold. It was amazing to see the inside of the castle, and to sleep in a castle room :-) the dinner was good. The only minus was that the tables were too close to one another.
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