Harridslevgaard Castle

Bogense, Denmark

As the only manor house in North Funen, Harridslevgaard castle near Bogense is open to visitors during the season. The castle was first mentioned in 1231 and at that time the water went right up to Harridslevgaard. According to old legend, sea pirates were residing here. However the present building is dated back to l606. For some years Harridslevgaard was whitewashed, but now it has been brought back to its original form. The great hall which is rented out to arrangements/occasions, is the largest of its kind in private ownership in Denmark. The old vaulted castle kitchen is rented out for gourmet dinners and the Middle Ages cellar is rented out for winetasting. By appointment the castle will be open all year for large groups.

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Address

Assensvej 3A, Bogense, Denmark
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Details

Founded: 1606
Category: Castles and fortifications in Denmark
Historical period: Early Modern Denmark (Denmark)

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Heidi Hansen (2 years ago)
God
Karoline Skovgaard (2 years ago)
Absolutely worth a visit. Very unique, special and dreamy. Love the decor and the peacocks. It has everything a castle should have and you get into the atmosphere and get inspired
Joakim Ölund (2 years ago)
A old castle in a bit of "worn" state. Interesting history, fun to be able to walk around on your own. Worth a visit for the price.
Håkon Karoliussen (2 years ago)
Wonderful place, great atmosphere and overall amazing!
Heidi Dan (2 years ago)
Nice Castle. Lots of history. Very good food and wine
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