Holsteinborg Castle

Rude, Denmark

Holsteinborg Castle was built by the Trolle family between 1598 and 1651, but has been owned by the Holstein family since 1707. The first count, Ulrich Adolph Holstein, established ten village schools on the estate in about 1710. The first Christmas tree in Denmark was lit at Holsteinborg in 1808, Northern Europe's first savings bank was opened in 1810 and Denmark's first health insurance was available in 1811. Between 1810 and 1825, a total of 14 schools and 12 handicraft schools were built on the estate. Hans Christian Andersen was inspired by his many visits to the castle, where he wrote some of his fairytales, stories, songs, poems and accounts of his travels.



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Founded: 1598-1651
Category: Castles and fortifications in Denmark
Historical period: Early Modern Denmark (Denmark)


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Manuel Richter (3 years ago)
Excellent ??
Birgit Kousted (3 years ago)
Beautiful and peaceful place. Large park with lots of old trees. Some of the moat has been preserved. The park is always accessible. The estate is occasionally open for inspection.
MaliaaAAA (4 years ago)
Lotte E. (4 years ago)
A very beautiful and scenic place. Opportunity to walk in the park which is right down to the water. Many large and old trees. The building itself is incredibly beautiful with a moat around.
Merryande Astelrin (4 years ago)
The castle is in private hands and very unremarkable. The park is more alright than nice and should be better kept. The proprietors honor the neighboring city "Rude" and are incredibly unfriendly. This kind of property should be a museum.
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