Buildings that tell the course of history
Denmark's historical heritage is evident from our buildings, nature, sculptures, and the landscape. Go on an excursion to some of the most distinctive historic buildings along the coast.
Today, most mansions and castles are privately owned and not accessible to the public. But that does not stop us from looking at them, taking walks in the gardens where this is permitted - and immersing ourselves in the many stories that are just waiting to be heard.
By way of example, did you know that the fine lady of 18th-century Åkjær Manor wanted not merely to be buried in a silk dress and neat silk stockings, but also insisted on the stockings being replaced every year for Christmas?
Or that the noblewoman Kirsten Munk, who gave birth to 12 children during her marriage with King Christian IV were kept in detention at Boller Castle from 1630 until her death in 1658? The king accused her of adultery, treason and attempts at poisoning and bewitching him – and banished her from the court.
This list of historic buildings in the Coastal Land is far from exhaustive.
In fact, it is only a small sample of the treasures hidden in the landscape.
12 significant historical buildings
From the oldest to youngest...
Horsens State Penetentiary (1853)
This prison is famous and infamous far and wide. Once home to some of Denmark's hardest criminals - now one of Denmark's biggest cultural institutions and tourist attractions. Visit Europe's biggest prison museum and hear the many exciting stories from the more than 150 years as an active prison.