The lakes of Broholm Castle (5 + 5a) ... “A Meeting With The Past And The Future” 🔜🔘🔙
(Photo series from Broholm Castle ... The history of Broholm Castle is for certain known as far back as in 1326, when Absalon Johnsen of the Ulfeldt genus, was lord of Broholm. His descendants kept it until 1473. After several generations of Ulfeldt genus had inhabited the castle, including during the Count's Feud, also known as Denmark's last civil war (1533-36), but where Broholm, thanks to its wide moats, was spared ... it was then bought by Otte Skeel from the Skeel genus in 1641.
The Broholm Castle is one of the last late Gothic buildings, e.g. with its strong renaissance expressions from the turret and symmetrical window placement.
In 1730 came the Sehested genus to Broholm, through the marriage between Elizabeth Skeel and Niels Sehested ... and the Sehested genus is still living in the Broholm Castle ... the present owner, Anders Sehested, is the 13th generation on site, which is quite an achievement.
Broholm Castle is a privately operated estate and forestry, totaling 645 hectares, but the main building, some “side buildings” and the antiquities museum are now open to the public.
After a veritable “Beauty Sleep”, Broholm Castle was – in 2002 – finally radical restored and modernized (though still keeping the atmosphere of the nostalgic “Castle-ish lifestyle”), so they now e.g. offer great accommodation for business meetings, a nice weekend vacation etc.
Broholm Castle and its surroundings are extremely idyllic. The idea is to exclusively use natural materials and to follow nature's own declaration of shape and direction ... and with the park, lake, moats, watermill, old beautiful solitary trees, the historic memorial pillars, carp ponds, orangery ... and even a place they call “The Kissing Bench” - oh yes, they do indeed have everything that characterize a beautiful – and romantic – “castle garden” ... or castle in general.
Broholm Castle is located approximately 10 km. west of Svendborg, on the Danish island of Funen, which in Danish is called: Fyn)
Autumn leaves, winter comes, winter leaves, spring comes, spring leaves, summer comes, summer leaves, autumn comes and the circle start again... It’s essential that we realize the value of every single minute in our lifes – sometimes it ends more quick than we all guess®
Rockelstad Castle, although 400 years old, is not only widely known for its interesting architecture but for its guests – not least when the later Nazi leader Herman Göring came to visit and met his future wife!
In 1900 the castle was purchased by Count Eric von Rosen. It was during the Count’s ownership that the castle was given its present look by the great Swedish architect Ivar Tengbom who at the time was only 22 years old. Some say he draw inspiration from the neighbouring castle Vibyholm but he was clearly also influenced by Gripsholm Castle.
The Count was an explorer and gathered his collections from around the world at Rockelstad. In February 1920, Eric was trying to get back to his castle but due to a snowstorm, no pilot wanted to fly him. Luckily for him, a young pilot from Germany working in Sweden offered to fly the Count to his castle. The pilot’s name was Hermann Göring. Upon arrival to the castle, Göring was offered to stay the night. As they were sitting in front of the fire Eric's wife Mary’s sister Carin came down the stairs and the young German pilot instantly fell in love. They later married but she died in 1931, before Hitler came to power. Hermann continued to worship his late wife and named his estate north of Berlin Carinhall. Legend has it that it was during his stay at Rockelsta that he saw the Swastika for the first time.
Since the 1970s the estate is owned by the von Post family.
Tra papere e castelli nella bellissima #Gent . Amo questa foto perché rappresenta appieno lo spirito di questo viaggio: naso all'insú, testa leggera e felicità.
Il #Belgio mi fa innamorare ad ogni angolo. Quando viaggi tanto la paura più grande è quella di "abituarsi", di non riuscire più a stupirsi. A Gent, ma anche a #Bruges o da ieri a #Bruxelles , è un continuo "Uao". Quindi direi che ancora posso farcela!
"The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens ⠀
Peles castle in Romania is a great example of how it is better to see something once than hear about it hundred times. ⠀
Have you been to this magical place? Do you have any recommendations? ⠀
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Photo credit @topeuropephoto