Dragsholm’s castle was once a fortification and subsequently used as a royal home. Even though it serves as an opulent hotel and restaurant now, it nevertheless retains all of its former magnificence. Tours may be scheduled in advance (English and German).
Dragsholm Slot is one of Denmark’s oldest castles, and it is located on the beaches of Nekselø Bay, at the base of Vejrhøj, which is the third-highest peak in New Zealand. Its construction began in the early 13th century when the Bishop of Roskilde made the decision to construct a palace that would also function as a fortification. Following the Reformation, the monarch acquired ownership of the castle in 1536 from the bishops. At the castle, the monarch built a jail. The 4th Earl of Bothwell, James Hepburn, was the most well-known prisoner. Although he was wed to Mary Stuart, the Scottish queen, he had to leave Scotland. He was apprehended in Bergen and afterwards sent to Dragsholm, where he spent five years behind bars. Hepburn passed away in 1578, and the chapel at Fårevejle is where you may find his mummified remains.
Denmark declared war against Sweden in 1657. A portion of the fortress was destroyed by Swedish forces after Sweden triumphed. Henrik Müller was then awarded ownership, and in 1675, he renovated the southern wing. Frederik Christian Adeler and his wife Henriette Margrethe von Lente purchased the castle in 1694. The remaining portions of the castle were restored into the current Baroque structure. The castle was owned by the Adeler family up until 1932, when the government had to take control.
The Bøttger family has owned the property since 1937, and they now operate it as a posh hotel with a spa and two restaurants. Each of the castle’s rooms is furnished with very lovely items. Some of the rooms have park views, while others have views of the meadows, the moat, or the lovely cobblestone castle yard. The location has a historic feel that is enhanced by the thick walls, lofty ceilings, and opulent furnishings. The spectacular Banqueting Hall (Riddersalen) and Hunting Room are among the most fascinating spaces (Jagtvaerelset).
A sizable area of grass filled with rhododendrons surrounds the castle and its moat. Dragsholm is said to be haunted, much like other famous castles. The White Lady, the Grey Lady, and, of course, Lord Bothwell are its three permanent spirits.