There is much more than a lavish interior to found at the country’s 730 Danish manors. The historic farms have characterized the landscape for centuries.
Although its a privately owned manor forest, as a private person you can access the forests from 6 o’clock in the morning until sunset if the forest is larger than five acres. If the forest is less than five hectares, the owner must close it to the public. You can travel on foot and by bike, but only on forest roads and trails. Visitors to the forest must not settle closer than 150 meters from buildings.
Visitors should also be aware that access to private forests can be restricted on days of hunting and in areas with intensive forestry.
Britta Andersen is a director at Gammel Estrup Denmark’s Manor House Museum in Djursland, and she gives tips to six manor houses that are surrounded by nature and landscapes worth visiting.
1. Cranberry Castle, Langeland:
At Tranekær Castle they have a fantastic cultural environment. The main building has its appearance after redevelopment in 1859, but there have been some on the site dating back to the 1100-1200s. There is a large “land art” park, Tranekær International Center for Arts and Nature, which is a wonderfully beautiful place where I have traveled several times with my children.
2. Bregentved Gods, Haslev:
It is one of the country’s largest estates, and they are quite privately landscaped and generally not interested in having guests enter the main building. On the other hand, they have a lot of forestries, and there must be an opportunity for private to move in that forest if otherwise the rules for public access to the private forest are complied with.
3. Frijsenborg, Hammel:
Here you have some of the country’s largest landowners of Danish manors. And they are used to people walking in their forests. From the outside, Frijsenborg is a fantastic building that was rebuilt in the 19th century but has a medieval core.
4. Glorup Gods, Oraek:
Another Danish manors Glorup on Funen is a must-see. Outside, they have a high level of glory that one can enjoy. Otherwise, you can see the main building, it is a fantastic 18th-century building. It is very beautiful.
5. Old Estrup, Auning:
Of course, I must mention Old Estrup, where you can very much walk in our garden and the forest. And when we open again, you can come in for a ticket, while children under 18 come in for free.
6. Schackenborg Castle, Tonder:
They have very nice Slotsgade, which you can experience in Mogeltonder. Schackenborg also has a fantastic park. And after Prince Joakim and Princess Marie moved out in 2014, there has been a fund that has run the castle so you could visit the castle and garden for a lot of events. But since they have just moved back to Schackenborg, we have to see if the public events continue.