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Ulriksholm Castle

Ulriksholm is a privately owned castle that previously belonged to the illegitimate royal son Ulrik Christian Gyldenløv.

The history of Ulriksholm Castle

In 1616, King Christian the 4th bought the main manor Skinnerup at the bottom of Kerteminde Nor. In 1632, the king decided to build new stately buildings that were to serve as a residence for the illegitimate king's son, Ulrik Christian Gyldenløve, who was then 2 years old. Therefore, the castle's name was changed to Ulriksholm.

After Christian the 4th died, his mistress and mother of Ulrik Christian Gyldenløve, Vibeke Kruse, fell out of favor. Upon her death, Vibeke Kruse was buried on a poor farm outside Copenhagen's city walls. However, Ulrik Christian Gyldenløve made sure to take his mother's body to Kølstrup Church. He himself died at the age of just 28 after a valiant effort in the Swedish War.

Ulriksholm Castle today

The castle is today privately owned. There is no public access to the castle or garden, except for the castle's open garden events and when the castle is visited by Herregårdsspillene.

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