Knuthenborg Manor

Bandholm, Denmark

Knuthenborg is a manor house originally known as Årsmarke. It was first mentioned in 1372 and owned by the Urne family from 1527. Under King Frederick III, Cornelius Pederson Lerche was granted ownership of the estate in 1667. In 1677, his daughter Sister Lerche married the Mecklenberg nobleman Christoffer von Knuth who, on inheriting Aarsmarke, did much to improve it through extensions and increased prosperity. In 1714, their son Adam Christoffer von Knuth was elevated to the status of a count under Frederick IV which resulted in the change of name of the estate to Knuthenborg.

An older residence was still standing when the current structure was under construction. Today's manor house, also known as Enkesædet, was built by the architect Henrik Steffens Sibbern in 1866 in the Victorian style and was extended in 1886. A tower of French design with a pointed spire crowns one of its corners. Several other interesting buildings on the estate were built by Sibbern in the 1860s and 1870s, all with distinct appearances and features. Egehuset (the Oak House) in the Swiss style looks a little like a Tyrolean chalet. Flinterhuset (the Flint House), built literally in flint, is the most elaborate building with many fireplaces and chimneys true to the English tradition. The imposing Godsforvalterboligen (Forest Superintendent’s Residence) is accessed through the corner tower. Sibbern also built Maglemerporten, the majestic main gatehouse and porter's residence while Vilhelm Tvede (1826–1891) added the gatehouses at Snapind.

Eggert Knuth (1838-1874) called upon the English landscape architect Edward Milner to lay out the park in the late 1860s, creating artificial lakes fed by streams running through the estate. Nils Stenson was then working as the Chief Landscape Gardener to the Count of Kunthenborg. His son, Herman Stenson, who was assisting his father as a young boy and grew up in the estate's Hunting pavilion, had also made very lovely drawings of the Kunthenborg palace and the garden. Eggert Knuth died in 1870 at the young age of 36, when the basic layout had been completed as can be seen from a relatively simple map dated 1881. Many of the finer details from Milner's original design were missing but today's garden nevertheless reflects his general concept. Adam V. Knuth who succeeded Eggert added the fanciful ruin near the main entrance, typical of the follies in English gardens of the times. In 1926, the park was the first of its kind to be listed. As a result it was opened to visitors and further developed, especially, with large displays of rhododendrons. In addition to beech, there are oak, poplar, and coniferous trees, and a Sequoia gigantea.



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Founded: 1866
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Denmark


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Manuel Gesell (13 months ago)
Animals with a Lot of space. Visitors with the freedom of choice. And a very good mix between car and footwalk... and the dinos!
Marie Bertin (14 months ago)
Absolutely amazing park, nothing like a normal zoo. Elephants are former circus animals given a second peaceful life! You can go around for 3h, I'd recommend taking a day. The space for each animal is very large and they really roam free.
Jeff Joseph (15 months ago)
We had a wonderful day at the park. We got there 10 minutes before opening and there was a 500 metre line of cars in front of us. Once the park opened we got in pretty quick. There were short waits for most things. We were pretty lucky with that. But in the Corona times it’s to be expected. Getting close to the animals was well worth the wait. The longest queue was for the wolf enclosure. My advice is to take a look in the observatory first to see where they are as when we were there they were all up by the glass so driving in wasn’t necessary. There’s an abundance of things to do for the kids. Enjoyable for the whole family.
Petra Gergely (15 months ago)
It was a great experience to see animals roam freely, and the staff was very nice and communicative the whole time about what we can and can’t do, or what we should expect (regarding queue times, for example). You can easily spend the whole day there, so remember to pack some food and sneakers. Don’t go in sandals like I did :)
Magnus Juliebø (15 months ago)
I know it’s a struggle with all the regulations with corona, but this was just ridiculous. First of, the line was way to long and the traffic in there was unorganized. Bad system made people sneak in line and make it worse. We went to get food and got in line. But after a while we and a lot of others got told to move. Because what we thought was one line was actually two to different kind of foods. We ordered everything about the same time. But had to wait 15 min extra after our family got their food. So we went to ask what’s the situation with our food, and got no answer, information or apology. When we so got the food it was bland at best. The situation did not help the tastebuds either. Basically more time was spent in line either for food or in the car around the park. Disappointed!
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