Rosenvold Castle

Distance: 12.97 Km

Down to Vejle Fjord, at the small summer oasis Rosenvold, lies this architecturally beautiful Renaissance castle from the 1500th century. The castle is privately owned and closed to the public, but can be seen from Rosenvoldvej, not far from the beach. 

Renaissance castle in beautiful surroundings

Rosenvold is a popular but peaceful excursion destination located in an opening in an otherwise wooded area at the entrance to Vejle Fjord. Tucked away from the area's beach and marina lies this old manor with many hundreds of years behind it. The castle is not publicly accessible, and it is not allowed to enter the grounds, but you can see the very characteristic building if you follow Rosenvoldvej from the harbor to the east and around the corner where the road turns.


The historic building

The main building was built all the way back in 1585, which makes Rosenvold one of the oldest among the 30 manors in the coastal region. At the same time, it stands out with its very characteristic architecture in the Renaissance style. The building brings to mind a fortress, which emphasizes the need of this time to protect oneself from enemies, rebels and robbers. The masonry consists of large, red monks' stones, and at both ends of the oblong building there are two striking towers with copper roofs. Outside the main building there are breeding buildings and a moat, which today forms a lake.  


The manor's history - with a royal touch

In the middle of the 1500th century, Holger Rosenkrantz was the owner of two manors - Boller Castle at Horsens and Staksevold, which were located quite close to Rosenvold's current location. His widow, Karen Gyldenstjerne, decided to demolish Staksevold and build Rosenvold, which was then subject to Boller. The ruins of Stagsevold can still be seen nearby Staksrode Forest, one kilometer from Rosenvold. Boller and Rosenvold were later sold to Ellen Marsvin and handed over to her daughter Kirsten Munk, who was married to none other than King Christian IV. However, Kirsten Munk's unfortunate tendency to adultery meant that the king forced her to leave the court and their 12 common children, and she was sent into exile and house arrest in the "more humble" settings of Rosenvold Castle and Boller Castle.

After Kirsten Munk's death, Rosenvold and Boller were split up, and Rosenvold was sold to Henrik Rantzau. To this day, 400 years later, Rosenvold is still in the hands of the Rantzau family and is now owned by Carl Johan Ulrik Count Rantzau.


More historical experiences

Are you looking for other attractions in the local area with a historical background? On this page, we guide you to historic buildings and other places with exciting historical stories.


Explore Vejle Fjord

We definitely recommend that you combine the trip to Rosenvold with a hike in Staksrode Forest, where you can see the remains of Rosenvold's predecessor, Stagsevold. You can also visit the above-mentioned Boller Castle, with its beautiful, public castle park.

The area around Rosenvold offers several attractions in the beautiful nature. In this guide you can find inspiration for experiences on the north side of Vejle Fjord.

Updated by: Destination Coastal Land |
summer day Rosenvold Castle Photographer: Destination Kystlandet Copyright: Destination Coastal Land
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