Among the most romantic Renaissance castles in Denmark, the fortified Borreby Castle along Skaelskorfjord in Zealand is also one of the best preserved. The stately red brick manor house was said to have been built in mid-16th century although there are records that mention the estate as early as the 14th century. It has been passed on from one noble family to another throughout the centuries – from the Urne family, the family of Chancellor Johann Friis (who was virtually responsible for the castle’s expansion and renovation), the Daae family to the Castenschiolds who still own and maintain the property to this day.
The castle has been an inspiration for well-known children’s story writer Hans Christian Andersen who was also a frequent guest. He wrote the story “The Wind Tells about Valdemar Daae and His Daughters” which was based on the true accounts of how the Daae family lost the castle because of their obsession for alchemy. The estate is basically made up of the castle which has two and a half floors and four towers, a gatehouse, a farm building, a chapel and the gardens in the courtyard. Inside the castle is a collection of exquisite tapestries, fine art and Danish furniture. While the main building is not open to the public on a regular basis, visitors can still walk around the gardens and the courtyard where the Borreby Art Gallery stands. Plans to promote the estate as a cultural venue are also underway with the construction of the Borreby Theatre, a restaurant and a coffee shop.