The Convent without Nuns

A few minutes from today's roaring highways - in one of the most spectacular landscapes of Zealand - Gisselfeld Castle rises as one of the oldest and best preserved renaissance castles in Denmark.

The name is traceable back to the year 1370. However, the red castle as it appears today was built during the period 1547 to 1575 by Peder Oxe, the powerful High Chancellor of Denmark.

In 1701 Christian Gyldenløve, the son of Christian the 5th, decided that Gisselfeld should become a foundation with un-married ladies of rank and an abbess attached to it.
However, these plans were never realised, but the name Gisselfeld Castle (Foundation) remained unchanged.

A Historical Defense Castle

Due to the unsettled times around Grevens Fejde (the civil war in Denmark) in 1534 Gisselfeld was built as a defensive Castle - with a surrounding wall, drawbridges, embrasures, shutter holes, and a moat. 
On three sides Gisselfeld was surrounded by moats - to the north by the so-called Castle lake. During a period from the beginning of the 19th century Gisselfeld has been replastered and whitewashed before it regained its original red brickwork between 1869 and 1874. From one of the rooms in the west wing a secret staircase led down to a room in the cellar, where Peder Oxen is said to have hidden, after having fallen into disgrace and, therefore, went abroad. T

Today the Supreme Manager is living in a part of the Castle, whereas other parts of the main building are open to guided tours.

Read more about guided tours here >


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