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Vallø Castle: one of the most famous historical monuments in Denmark

The beautiful and majestic Vallø Castle is located in a large forest belonging to the estate. This historical monument is still a large and pompous castle, where noble women who have roots in old Danish noble families can live.

Vallø Castle
Vallø Castle. Photo: Niels Elgaard Larsen, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The history of Valle Castle has been known since the 13th century. Its construction was completed in 1586 by Mette Rosenkrantz. She added the western and southern wings and two characteristic towers. The work was finally completed in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Vallø Castle
Bird’s eye view of the castle. Photo: Thue C. Leibrandt, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Until 1708, well-known noble families owned the complex. In 1708, it was bought by Frederick IV, who presented it to his mistress, who later became Queen Anne Sophie Reventlow. After the king’s death in 1730, Anne Sophie was exiled to Clausholm, and the new king Christian VI handed over the Vallø castle to his wife Sophie Magdalene.

Vallø Castle
Vallø Castle. Photo: Flemming, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In 1893, the castle was devastated by fire, but the outer walls withstood the it and were used in the restoration. It took 10 years to restore the castle. For some time the complex was used as a residence for the registered diocesan ladies of the diocese of Valle, founded in 1737 by Queen Sophie Magdalene.

Vallø Castle
The road to the castle. Photo: pxhere (CC0 1.0)
Vallø Castle
Vallø Castle. Photo: Badeanden / pixabay (Pixabay License)

The castle is surrounded by winding cobbled streets lined with charming houses steeped in history as well as with serene ponds that are remnants of an old moat system. Today it is private property and is closed for public. Still, you may visit the gardens. Walking through these English-style landscaped gardens is a special pleasure. Here you will find rare old trees such as katsura, pigeon trees, gingko, winged walnut trees, tulip trees and flowering ash trees. As you walk around the grounds and around the castle, you can feel the presence of history all the way back to the 1300s.

Vallø Castle
View of the castle and the lake. Photo: Flemming Christiansen, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Vallø Castle
The bridge to the castle. Photo: Badeanden / pixabay (Pixabay License)

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