Gammelhaven – home of an old castle

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In the middle of the lake Fussing Sø in East Jutland you find a little peninsula. The peninsula used to be the home of the castle Fussingø which were constructed in 1555 by Albert Skeel to be a safe home to his family. During this period of the Danish history there was a lot of unrest and frequent wars so the family needed a place they could defend in case of war or a rebellion by their peasants.

Picture of the old castle

The location was ideal – back when the castle was originally build it was located on a small island inside the lake – hence it was difficult for anybody to attack the castle and the family would have a safe haven during times of unrest.

Times changed after a while and Denmark became a safer place for the rich families. The Skeel family decided to take advantage of this a move the location of the estate from this small island to a location a bit further inland. The old castle was torn down and forgotten but the foundation was left behind. Over time the foundation was hidden by the dirt and forgotten – but eventually it was decided to do some excavation to rediscover the foundation so today you can see it in the middle of the peninsula.

The wedding

The peninsula used to have a little park around the castle and fortunately parts of the old park has survived so there are long stretched of old trees on the peninsula in what used to be a park. Other people seem to take advantage of the park as well – there is a couple who have decided to use the area for their wedding ceremony – fortunately for them the unpredictable Danish weather was nice and sunny today.

The park is open to the public since the family who used to own the castle married a German family and the owners of the castle lived in Holstein in Germany. In 1947 a law had been passed which confiscated property owned by Germans and Japanese. The family lost the castle and it has remained the property of the Danish government ever since then.

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