Selsø Renaissance castle was built in 1576 by Corfitz Ulhlfeld and reconstructed in Baroque style in 1734. The castle stayed abandoned since 1829 and in periods used as a grain magazine. In 1972 the restoration of the castle was initiated. The result is that when you visit the castle today, it stands exactly as it did when it was abandoned in 1829 and started to deteriorate. There is, for example, no electricity, water or heating in the castle.

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Selsøvej 30B, Skibby, Denmark
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Founded: 1576
Category: Castles and fortifications in Denmark
Historical period: Early Modern Denmark (Denmark)

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Rolf Kalmar Larsen (6 months ago)
Det er et rigtig spændende slot med et historisk islæt. I borggården ligger en middelalderbrønd, som dengang jeg var med til, at udgrave den, var Danmarks største.
Marianne Larsson (7 months ago)
Der foregår meget andet blandt andet halloven og jul.
Mike Kelly (10 months ago)
Interesting old country manor house which fell into disrepair for over a 100 years before being restored and turned into a museum. It has many fine baroque features but its eerie feeling of emptiness and abandon still resonates, which adds to the visitors' experience.
Thomas Ejsing (2 years ago)
Hmmm dont know what to say
Inge Riis McDonald (7 years ago)
Selsø slot was a great surprise and well worth a visit. It is located on the peninsula Hornsherred in Roskilde fjord, Sjælland. We discovered it on a day trip from Copenhagen and found it one of the highlights of our extended visit to Copenhagen. The castle has been uninhabited for almost 200 years, so there are no renovations or modern conveniences such as running water and electricity. It is preserved just as it was, though many years of ignorance and neglect has taken it's toll. A couple of the rooms have beautiful paintings - the best in Europe of it's kind. The castle is now in a state of preserved decay, a very charming way of showing the lifestyle of the nobility at the time. Don't miss the kitchen in the basement!! This place is most definitely worth a visit.
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