Excursion to Ahrensburg
Not far from us is a little town called Ahrensburg which has a very beautiful castle. The ending –burg is always a hint because it means castle in German. I made some photos for you from the park, the guardian lions at the entrance, the watermill, the royal stables, the adjoining church and the little houses belonging to the servants in former times, too. Here are some details about the castle:
“The town Ahrensburg dates back to the 13th Century, when the Counts of Schauenburg founded the village of Woldenhorn.
After the dissolution of the monasteries due to the Reformation, the whole area came into the possession of the king of Denmark. He rewarded his general Daniel Rantzau 1567 with lordship over these villages. His brother and heir Peter Rantzau built a Renaissance residence in the form of a water castle, now the symbol of the town, and the castle church around 1595. The construction of almshouses directly by the church was exemplary.
The former fortification that defended the Renaissance structure belonged to several lines of the ancient nobility family called Rantzau of Holstein. After a time of economic demise the castle was entered into the possession of a family called Schimmelmann, which had been ennobled in the 18th century. They reshaped the manor house into an extravagant country residence. The Schimmelmann family stayed in Ahrensburg for several generations. In 1932 they sold the castle. Today it is a museum showing the lifestyle of the Holstein culture of nobility and exhibits a lot of very old furniture, pictures, masonry heaters etc.
The castle is one of the major works of the Renaissance architecture in Schleswig-Holstein. It is one of the most famous sights worth seeing and is accessible for the public. The castle is surrounded by a lovely English park and a moat. A church and the housings for the servants can be seen close to the castle. “ (Wikipedia)