Valdemars Castle

Svendborg, Denmark

Valdemars Castle was built by King Christian IV (1588–1648) between 1639 and 1644. It is designed by Hans van Stenwinkel. The king’s plans for his new castle were that the house should become the home for his son Valdemar Christian, who was born to him by Kirstine Munk. King Christian was renowned for his interest in building. On the island of Tåsinge, belonging to his mother in law Ellen Marsvin, the king decided to build a castle for his young son. However, Valdemar Christian never moved in. He was killed in battle in Poland in 1656.

In 1678 the naval hero, Admiral Niels Juel, was given title to the castle and the land on Tåsinge after his victory over Sweden in the Battle of Køge Bay in 1677. The estate was transferred to him as payment for the Swedish ships captured in the battle.

The present owner, Baron Iuel-Brockdorff, who is 11th generation of the Juel family, took over his childhood home from his father in 1971 and lives in the castle with his wife and family. Valdemars Slot has been open to the public since 1974. The castle is open from May to October and on public holidays. The castle features a large chapel, a toy museum, the Iuel-Brockdorff family's big game trophy collection and a local maritime museum. As the castle lies near the beach, it is popular for visitors to come by ferry on the Helge from Svendborg.

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Founded: 1639-1644
Category: Castles and fortifications in Denmark
Historical period: Early Modern Denmark (Denmark)

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Ann-Christin Wallisch (2 years ago)
Beautiful place with a stunning garden and a nice little beach. The castle is very interesting and the little shop was friendly.
Flemming Rasmussen (2 years ago)
Rich in Danish history. Great setting. The building is becoming derelict, so get there whilst you can!
Sebastian Jones (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle. Not everything is clearly marked and explained. Shouldn't spoil your visit though.
Tim Van den Berghe (2 years ago)
Great place for everyone. Minigolf, castle tours (it's really worth a visit on the inside), a beautiful park to walk and a wonderful sandy beach. For everyone there's enough choice. Relax and enjoy!
John Terje Bremnes (2 years ago)
Nice castle with a good exhibition of old stuff. Nice area and nice boat trip to the castle.
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