Spøttrup Castle

Spøttrup, Denmark

Spøttrup Castle is the best preserved medieval castles in Denmark. The first record of the castle dates from 1404 when it was moved to the possession of Viborg bishop. Bishops built the castle in the 1400s and it was restored in 1525. It consisted of square form castle and two surrounding moats with a drawbridge.

Skipper Clement, leader of the peasant rebellion, attacked to the castle during the so-called Count's Feud (civil war 1534-36). After Reformation the Spøttrup was reduced to the Crown until sold to Henrik Below in 1577. Since the 18th century Spøttrup moved to the hands of several families and it slowly decayed. The restoration started in the early 20th century and in 1941 the castle was opened to the public as a museum.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Denmark
Historical period: Kalmar Union (Denmark)

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Giuseppe Mennella (21 months ago)
Small castle, but suggestive for the construction and for the proximity to places of water.
Daniel Roskam (2 years ago)
Nice to see. Not too expensive. Cool activities.
Mathias S (2 years ago)
A beautiful historical place with an eventful history. The tickets for entry are a little bit expensive in my eyes, but maybe this is necessary to retain the castle. For kids it's definitely exciting and who ever is interested in history will also have good time.
Inna Joy (2 years ago)
Love it there. Beautiful scenary and nature. And lots of history within those walls
Anna Travesset (2 years ago)
Lovely old castle. Has a very cute apaotecary garden very nicely plotted, a jousting ring where championships have been held, the building itself is fun to discover. The kitchen has a drain and a well, so basically very convenient for the servants there. Lovely views, nice green space around to take a walk, and the reception building is modern and welcoming. Kids loved it to for them it was mostly about running around the place and finding small staircases and corridors, and outside finding a geocache that is stowed in the garden. Entrance ticket is only needed for going into the castle itself, entering the grounds and gardens is feee.
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