Fuglsang Manor

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Fuglsang Manor House
General information
Architectural styleHistoricism
Town or cityLolland
Construction started1868
OwnerDet Classenske Fideicommis
Design and construction
ArchitectJ. G. Zinn

Fuglsang is a 19th-century manor house and former artist's retreat near Toreby on the Danish island of Lolland, serving as a cultural centre as well as an active agricultural estate. The manor house serves as a venue for classical concerts and other cultural activities. The cultural centre also includes Fuglsang Art Museum, located in a purpose-built building designed by British architect Tony Fretton.


Early history[edit]

The history of the estate can be tracked back to 1368. The original defensive castle was located a few hundred metres further north, where remains can still be seen. The location at the edge of marshland where Flintinge Stream mouths in the Guldborgsund Strait, close to the only ford in the area, has made it of strategic importance in the area.

In the 16th century, Fuglsang was moved to its current location on a larger islet, surrounded by broad moats. This building was demolished in 1849 and replaced by a Neoclassical main building. The park, still seen today, was also founded at this event.

Rolf Viggo de Neergaard took over the property from his parents in 1866, but due to fungal attacks on the timber, the only 26-year-old building had to be demolished.

The current building was built from 1878-69 to the design of his cousin architect J. G. Zinn who has also designed several buildings at the Holmen Naval Base in Copenhagen.

Artist's retreat[edit]

Carl Nielsen and family at Fuglsang

In 1885, de Neergaard married the 30 years younger Bodil Neergaard, and together they opened the house to a large number of visiting artists and particularly musicians until Rolf Viggo de Neergaard 's death. Both Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen were frequent visitors to the house and close friends of the couple.[1]

Upon her husband's death in 1915, Bodil Neergaard managed the large estate alone, and organized the social and church life of the household. In 1947, she bequested the estate to a trust, providing that her home and garden should be made a retreat upon her death. After her death in 1962, Refugiet Fuglsang was founded and served as a retreat for artists and other people of note until it had to close in 1995. The following year a local musical society was founded, arranging 9 annual concerts. Since 1997, the Storstrøm Chamber Ensamble has also been based at Fuglsang.

In January 2008, Fuglsang Art Museum opened in a purpose-built building close to the Fuglsang main building.


Today Fuglsang serves as a venue for concerts and other cultural activities.

The Fuglsang/Priorskov Estate has 1,731 hectares of land. It is managed as an active agricultural estate by a trust.

List of owners[edit]

  • (1403) Laurids Nielsen Kabel
  • (1423-1440) Axel Andersen Mule
  • ( -1446) Mette Jensdatter Due
  • (1446-1457) Maribo Klost*er
  • (1457-1477) Oluf Andersen Gøye
  • (1477- ) Cecilie Pedersdatter, gift 1) Gøye, 2) Venstermand
  • (1480-1492) Johan Venstermand
  • (1477-1507) Sophie Olufsdatter Gøye, gift Venstermand
  • (1494-1506) Henning Venstermand
  • (1509-1510) Erik Clausen Neb
  • ( - ) Birgitte Clausdatter Daa, gift Bølle
  • ( -1539) Mads Eriksen Bølle
  • (1539- ) Dorte Madsdatter Bølle, gift Rud
  • ( -1554) Knud Jørgensen Rud
  • (1554-1577) Erik Knudsen Rud
  • (1577-1592) Peder Eriksen Rud
  • (1577-1611) Knud Eriksen Rud
  • (1577-1630) Corfitz Eriksen Rud
  • (1630) Helvig Corfitzdatter Rud, gift Krabbe
  • (1630-1645) Gregers Krabbe
  • (1645) Vibeke Gregersdatter Krabbe, gift Daa
  • (1645-1661) Christen Daa
  • (1661-1685) Queen Sophie Amalie
  • (1685-1726) Kronen
  • (1726-1726) Christian Carl Gabel
  • (1726-1757) Abraham Lehn
  • (1757-1759) Catharina Margaretha Wallmoden née Lehn
  • (1759-1793) Christopher Georg von Wallmoden
  • (1793-1819) Friedrich von Wallmoden
  • (1819-1835) Peter Johansen Neergaard
  • (1835-1849) Johan Ferdinand Petersen Neergaard
  • (1849-1866) Charlotte Louise Elisabeth Neergaard
  • (1866-1915) Rolf Viggo Johansen Neergaard
  • (1915-1947) Ellen Bodil Hartmann, gift Neergaard
  • (1947–present) Det Classenske Fideicommis

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Historie". Fuglsang Herregård. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-10-17.

Coordinates: 54°43′19″N 11°47′52″E / 54.7219°N 11.7977°E / 54.7219; 11.7977