Rosenholm Castle

Hornslet, Denmark

Rosenholm Castle is Denmark's oldest family-owned castle, and is one of the best-preserved complexes from the golden age of the manor house – from 1550 to 1630. Rosenholm Castle is founded in 1559 by the Danish nobleman Jørgen 'George' Rosenkrantz. His family are among the oldest and most famous in the Danish history. Shakespeare chose to use the name in the play Hamlet. Later extended, standing complete in 1607 with four wings, clearly influenced by the Italian Renaissance style. The castle interior was modernised in the 1740s in the baroque style, at which time a large baroque garden was laid out, covering an area of 5 ha., with avenues of limetrees and hedgerows of beech. Rosenholm is fully furnished, with hundreds of items of furniture, paintings and tapestries.

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Founded: 1559
Category: Castles and fortifications in Denmark
Historical period: Early Modern Denmark (Denmark)

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brighton situmbeko (2 years ago)
Ok
O Munck (2 years ago)
History in decay - but you can still imagine being more than 400 years back....
Nicolaj Frederik Jensen (3 years ago)
Nice Little Castle with a lovely garden...
Kristian P. Skou Bedoya (3 years ago)
Lovely setting in and around the castle
Kate Dahl (3 years ago)
Great service and tour! Go visit if you have a car
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