The Borreby Castle standing here today was built in late Gothic/Renaissance style by Johan Friis in 1556. Friis served as chancellor for three Danish kings and was one of the most powerful royal officials in Denmark at the time. He was widely travelled in Europe, studied at the university in Cologne and had a pronounced European view of his world.

Accordingly, there is a common thread extending from the royal chancellor up to the present, as we will be discussing the future of Europe at the Annual Danish Top Executive Summit.

When Christian Friis took over the castle 1570, he enlarged Borreby by adding another moat. Borreby is particularly known from “The Wind Tells about Valdemar Daae and His Daughters”, Hans Christian Andersen’s tale about Johan Friis’ nephew who lost Borreby through his unsuccessful experiments with alchemy.

In 1783, Borreby was acquired by Major General Joachim Melchior Holten Castenschiold and the family still own the castle to this day. Today, the estate is primarily run as an agricultural undertaking, but it also houses Denmark’s first permanent manor-house theatre, set up in 2012 in a former barn dating from 1552. Borreby simply oozes history: the large castle, the courthouse, its many stables and barns built over the centuries, the moats surrounded by old avenues of linden trees, the park and the bog.

Welcome to Borreby:

“Surrounded by a double moat, with its embrasures and machicolation holes, created during times of unrest.”

Photos by Vibe Castenschiold, Borreby Castle.