Tirsbæk Castle

Vejle, Denmark

Tirsbæk estate was first time mentioned in 1401. The current castle was built in 1550, while the tower and west wing were added in 1577. The park was finished in 1745, among other things with a vineyard - the oldest existing in Denmark. Since 1912, the place been owned by Algreen-Ussing family. They run Tirsbæk as a combined arm and forestry as well as rental of homes for private persons and companies. The former stable has been converted to an exclusive restaurant, Restaurant Slotsstalden. The castle is not open to the public, but a Christmas market is held every year, where it is possible to walk around the yard and a few of the former farm buildings.

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Tirsbækvej 135, Vejle, Denmark
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Founded: 1550
Category: Castles and fortifications in Denmark
Historical period: Early Modern Denmark (Denmark)

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