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Tourism and history

Tourism

Visit the restored renaissance castle Harridslevgaard 3km from Bogense, which offers you an exciting cultural experience. The castle is mentioned back to King Valdemar’s cadaster of 1231. The present building is from 1606. Totally 1550 sqm. can be seen of the main building in 3 stories, fx. the great hall, which is Denmark’s largest in private possession, and the arched dungeon below the ground floor. Afterwards you are welcome to take a walk in the beautiful area with peacocks.  

Season 2021

Period

Information

Time

Closed - COVID-19

Easter. 
The castle will be decorated for Easter and there will be a small sale of Easter decorations.

13:00 - 17:00

30-04-2021 &
02-05-2021

St. Bedesag
(We follow the authorities´requirements for face mask / visors, as well as corona pass / negative COVID-19 test (max 72 houres old) - Children exceptet).

13:00 - 17:00

13-05-2021 & 16-05-2021

Thursday and Sunday
(We follow the authorities´requirements for face mask / visors, as well as corona pass / negative COVID-19 test (max 72 houres old) - Children exceptet).

13:00 - 17:00

23-05-2021 & 24-05-2021

Whitsun
Sunday & Monday
(We follow the authorities´requirements for face mask / visors, as well as corona pass / negative COVID-19 test (max 72 houres old) - Children exceptet).

13:00 - 17:00

In the period:
13-06-2021 - 26-09-2021

Summer open
Sundays 

13:00 - 17:00

In the period:
13-06-2021- 31-08-2021

Summer open 
Monday - Friday
(Saturday closed)

11:00 - 17:00

In the period:
17-10-2021 - 24-10-2021

Autumn holiday
Monday - Friday & Sunday
(Saturday closed)

11:00 - 17:00

22-11-2021 & 21-11-2021

Christmas open
Saturday & Sonday
The entire castle will be decorated for Christmas and sale of christmas decorations with more in the great hall.  
Saturday & Sunday

11:00 - 18:00

27-11-2021 & 28-11-2021

Christmas open
Saturday & Sonday
The entire castle will be decorated for Christmas and sale of christmas decorations with more in the great hall.  
Saturday & Sunday

11:00 - 18:00

04-12-2021 & 05-12-2021  

PLEASE READ COVID UPDATE

Christmas open
Saturday & Sonday
The entire castle will be decorated for Christmas and sale of christmas decorations with more in the great hall.  
Saturday & Sunday

11:00 - 18:00

11-12-2021 & 12-12-2021

PLEASE READ COVID UPDATE

Christmas open
Saturday & Sonday
The entire castle will be decorated for Christmas and sale of christmas decorations with more in the great hall.  
Saturday & Sunday

11:00 - 18:00

COVID UPDATE:
Due to the new restrictions, Coronapas or negative tests must now be presented in the entrance hall. In addition, there is a requirement to use a mouth mask covering when paying in the entrance hall, in the Knights' Hall (Christmas market), and in the Storkøkkenet (Cafe) until you have sat down. At the rest of the castle there is no requirement for a mouth mask covering.

More information about our Christmas open.  

Prices:
Adults: kr. 70,- /  9,40
Children 3 - 12: kr. 35,- / € 4,70

Open all year for groups after agreement. 
Price kr. 60,- / 
8,05 per person. At lease 30 persons.


A journey back in history

Harridslevgaard was earlier called the Castle of Robbers and is said to have been the resort of pirates in the Middle Ages.
At that time the sea was right at Harridslevgaard and one had a fine view of the sea. On the outside placed iron catches on the tower, lanterns were hung in order to make the ships believe that it was a lighthouse, whereafter the robbers quickly could get on board and rob whatever could get robbed.

'Haræslef' is mentioned back to King Valdemar's cadaster of 1231 as belonging to the Crown's castles, and like many of Denmark's castles, the destiny of Harridslevgaard was to change hands, at times with few generations interval.

1589 the chancellor Breide Rantzau takes possession of the Middle Age castle, which he demolishes, and in 1606 the present renaissance main building in 3 storeys is built with the big, octagonal tower to the castle court.
The main portal's plates of sandstone between the 2 sculptures of sandstone showes the names of Sir Breide Rantzau and his 3 wifes plus the building year 1606.

For several decades the outside of the castle had whitewashed walls, but is now restored to its original red monastery bricks, and Harridslevgaard is again presented as in the renaissance, as if history and the ravages of time unspoilt have passed the grand building.

Owners

1231   The crown 1682   Jens Lassen (a part)
1327   Erik of Sweden, crown 1717   Hans Lassen
1560   Jørgen Svave 1719   Ph.J.Hagedorn
1589   Breide Rantzau 1740   Christiane Hoppe (Hagedorn)
1623   Anne Lykke 1769   J.Fr.Bardenfleth
1631   Laurids Ulfeldt 1829   A.E.H.E.Bernstorff-Gyldensteen
1659   Christence and Kaj Lykke 1954   C.-J.Bernstorff
1663   Frederik v. Arensdorff 1963   F.Nicolajsen
1667-1717   Different owners 1985   I. and  H. von Schimko


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