Built by a Danish knight
Glimmingehus, situated in the most southern part of Skåne, is the best-preserved medieval manor in Scandinavia. The building was commisioned by the Danish nobleman Jens Holgersen Ulfstand, built as a fortress and dwelling in 1499, back when Skåne belonged to Denmark. Archaeological finds suggest that Ulfstand lived a very comfortable, wealthy life at Glimmingehus in the early 16th century.
Finds from the archaeological excavations have revealed the highly exclusive nature of the Glimmingehus household . Actually, some of the most expensive objects available in Europe in the early 16th century have been found here, including Venitian glass, extruded Rhineland glass and Spanish ceramic ware. Ulfstand would no doubt have appreciated the fact that the castle still lives on as an important medieval centre, as well as being an exciting tourist attraction.
Discover and explore
Today, the manor with its castle museum, medieval kitchen and a museum shop, is a living monument as well as an exciting place for people interested in the Middle Ages. Since Glimmingehus was built to be prepared for battle, it features a lot of unique and fascinating defense mechanisms for you to see, such as gaps through which hot tar could be poured over intruders, drawbridges, trenches and other deadly traps.
The staff also take part in making history come alive - here you can listen to ghost stories in the summertime, you can try your hand at Middle Age-chores, join one of the guided tours or simply relax in the beautiful herb garden. A small fee of entrance is charged. Find out more about Glimmingehus Manor here