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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Annette Dane (14 months ago)
Beautiful castlegrounds and interior. Very knowledgeable guide. Well worth a visit.
Thomas Niggemann (14 months ago)
Beautiful old castle with water around and nice buildings and park behind.
Roy de Jonge (2 years ago)
Guided tours only, we didn't do that but we walked outside and it was also nice to see!
Lars Bergan (2 years ago)
We had a lovely guided tour in the castle! It is just what you would love to expect from an old castle built in the 15th century. The guide Paul did an excellent job during the tour. You get free parking outside the gate and you can pay with debit card for the tour. Stop by for a visit!
Ileana Delgado (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle with tons of interesting history take the time to do the tour totally wo worth it. Also, talk a walk in the surrounding gardens
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