In the Top of Denmark there are 2 castles that are open to the general public. These beautiful and magnificent structures with exciting details are architectural gems whose beautiful exteriors can take you aback, whilst offering yet more attractions once inside...
Until the Reformation, Sæbygaard was the Bishop of Børglum's "recreational estate" on the east coast. Sæbygaard was later sold to Otto Rud and Pernille Oxe, who completed the renaissance building in 1576 in which several admirals – including Niels Juel - have had their domicile.
The simple and stringent buildings that are surrounded by a broad, attractive moat today contain fascinating interiors that span the period from the 17th - 20th centuries.
Voergaard Castle is one of the country's finest and best-preserved renaissance castles. The original date of the erection of Voergaard is not known, but the castle was bought in around 1510 by the Bishop of Børglum. The building suffered greatly during the Count's Feud and was rebuilt in 1590 by its enterprising owner, Ingeborg Skeel.
Today the castle houses a unique and comprehensive collection of European art. Voergård is full of paintings, furniture, carpets, jewellery and porcelain collected by 2 French noble families and brought to Voergaard by Count Oberbeck-Clausen during the last century. Today the castle is still a home laid out by the count. The castle also has a Roman Catholic chapel which was used by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Both Sæbygaard and Voergaard are haunted by ghosts that appear in the form of figures of previous owners of the castles. The lives of Ingeborg Skeel from Voergaard and Karen Skeel from Sæbygaard are shrouded in mystery, cruelty and severity, although none of their alleged atrocities can be proved.
At Sæbygaard it's Karen Skeel who is said to haunt the tower room above the gate: A tall, stately-dressed woman with a ruff comes into the tower room from the great hall at midnight. Her appearance is accompanied by the sound of clinking chains. The ghost holds a knife in her hand with her arm raised. However, the figure drops the knife with a strangled scream before falling to the floor.
Ingeborg Skeel is absolutely the most famous - and infamous - owner who's ever lived at Voergaard Castle, and it's also Ingeborg Skeel who still haunts Voergaard. Hair-raising tales are told of children who had their fingers cut off because she caught them thieving and about a builder who was killed and thrown into the moat. Knocking sounds in the tower room, a pool of blood which never disappears and a shrouded lady walking over the bridge are among the things that can't be explained at Voergaard Castle!