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Hovdala Castle, Hassleholm

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Hovdala Castle is a castle in Hässleholm Municipality, Scania, in southern Sweden. Its oldest parts date from the early 16th century.HistoryHovdala is mentioned for the first time in 1130, but the presently visible castle complex began to be constructed during the early 16th century. The date 1511 can be read on one of the façades. During this time, Scania was a part of Denmark.The squire Magnus Rabek is mentioned in written sources as having owned the estate sometime before the Black Death. During the early 15th century, the estate belonged to a squire named Klement Skaldra. At the end of the century, the estate passed to the Laxmand family, who erected the oldest of the presently visible buildings. Through marriage it later passed to the Grubbe family. During the ownership of Sigvard Grubbe, an educated man who stood close to the king, Christian IV of Denmark, and who had studied in Wittenberg and Basel, the castle was besieged twice by Swedish troops during the Kalmar War. The castle withstood the sieges.After the death of Sigvard Grubbe, the castle passed between different owners until it became the property of Jens Mikkelsen, an officer in the Danish army, in 1651. After the conquest of Scania by Sweden in 1658, he changed his allegiance and instead joined the Swedish army. When the two countries again were involved in fighting during the Scanian War, the castle was assaulted, pillaged and burnt by pro-Danish guerilla fighters on 7 August 1678.
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  • I had their buffet and I really loved the food. The cod in white wine sauce is absolutely brilliant. Spoke to the young chef and I had to tell him that I have seldom had so good fish and I don't reall...  more »
  • We have been here many times. The castle is set in the most beautiful of nature surrounds. It has an interesting history going back 500 years. Taking a guided tour is a good idea to really feel the hi...  more »
  • This type of castle is my favourite type because of the rustic outlook of it. Nice environment, very isolated from the city, there is no hint of modern life at all but a rustic retreat for everyone wh...  more »
  • Great lunch buffet. Beautiful gardens.
  • A beautiful site, you can feel the mediaval scene.
  • Wonderful castle with nice gardens. Well worth a visit.
  • Beautiful walk but that's about all.
  • Nice place, but I don't think it was anything spectacular. Perhaps a guided tour would make a difference?