Stag violence

Distance: 14.18 Km

In the middle of the beautiful Staksrode Forest lies the castle ruin Stagsevold, which is surrounded by history and legend. Cross the moat over the small wooden bridge to see this structure, which dates back to the 14th century and which, according to folklore, was the haunt of robbers.

Exciting story hidden in the most beautiful nature

The dramatic Staksrode Forest is a popular excursion destination with its steep slopes down to Vejle Fjord. In the forest there are several beautiful hiking trails that take you around the breathtaking landscape. The yellow route is the most popular of these, and it takes you right past this old 1300th-century rampart, which is quite well hidden in the open nature. From the path you can see a black wooden bridge that leads you over the moat to the foundation of the castle that was in the area in Erik Menved's time. A QR code by the bridge tells the exciting story of the castle.


About the castle

The castle house had two meter thick walls of battle and monk stones and internal dimensions of just approx. seven times nine meters, and probably consisted of only one floor in addition to a basement room. In addition to the castle house and the moat, the facility itself also contained a dry moat and a barn, which was larger than the castle house, with stables and space for crew. Today, only the basement walls of the original castle house remain. In the ruin are i.a. found parts of tools and weapons, clay jugs, animal bones and coins.

It is not known who built the castle, but it is believed to be a local nobleman. On the other hand, it is known that the castle arose and disappeared during a turbulent period in Danish history marked by wars and uprisings. It was probably demolished by Margrethe 1 around the year 1400 in her rebellion against the nobility. Archaeological finds suggest that a fire became the castle's final.


Bring the family and visit a robber castle

Several legends and legends about Stagsevold are circulating. One of the more enduring of these is that the castle in the Middle Ages functioned as a robber castle - a place where robbers found refuge between their looting of ships around the Little Belt. This could be a good explanation for the castle's hidden location in the forest. So just bring the kids and let them play robbers - of course with respect for the place's conservation value.

Other legends say that the castle was the first to be closed down by cannons, and that Stagsevold was the predecessor to Rosenvold Castle, which is a few kilometers away.


How do I get to Stagsevold?

It is not possible to get all the way to Stagsevold by car or bicycle. The rampart can only be reached on foot, as neither motoring nor cycling is allowed on the forest road there. You can park in the forest at the end of Staksrodevej by the car park down to Stenhøj Strand. From here you can follow the yellow signs on the 2,4 kilometer long tour of the forest. The castle is located slightly inland.

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Boy walks on bridge at Stragsevold Photographer: Destination Kystlandet Copyright: Destination Coastal Land
Visitors by stagsevold Photographer: Jens Kjær Copyright: Jens Kjær
The remains of Stagsevold castle ruins can be found in Stakrodeskov Photographer: Destination Kystlandet Copyright: Destination Coastal Land
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Sign shows the way to Stagsevold Borgruin Photographer: Jens Kjær Copyright: Jens Kjær