The history of Valdemars Castle
The castle was built in 1639–44 by King Christian IV. In the same way as for all his construction projects, the king spared no expense when building this impressive country seat for his son, Count Valdemar Christian.
The castle suffered severe damage during the Swedish War of 1658–60, and it was the Danish maritime hero Niels Juel who prevented the castle from ending its days as an old ruin. The naval hero’s grandson later created the castle grounds with the lake, as well as the different stalls and stables, and the fine tea pavilion by the beach.
The castle has been open to the public since 1974.
There are several ways of travelling to Valdemars Castle. You can walk, cycle or drive over the bridge from Svendborg, take the ferry from Lolland or sail on the vintage paddle-steamer Helge from Svendborg.