Dragsholm Slot
Sealand, Denmark

This is a tale from a famous castle here in Denmark, called Dragsholm Slot
(slot=castle in Danish).
It is in Hørve in Sealand, Denmark
It was built in 12th century by the Roskilde bishop.
When the building of the castle was completed, it became the residence for
both kings and several noble families.
Now it is owned by the Bøttger (since 1939) family who has converted the
castle into a hotel.

However, as many other castles from that age, it has its own story to tell.
Actually, the castle has three ghosts:
A gray lady, A white lady and the ghost of the Earl of Bothwell.

The gray lady is said to be a woman who once worked there as a maiden.
Unfortunately, she got she got a serious toothache which caused her great 
She was cured though, and the story goes that after her death she returns
to the castle every night to see if everything is in the right order, as a
thanx for her cure.
But the gray lady is almost never seen, and less known than the two
following ghosts:

The white lady is said to be the daughter of one of the many owners of the
When she was in a young age, she fell in love with common man who worked
in the castle.
The relationship went on for some time.
Since the father was a rich and noble man, they kept their love secret.
But one day the father caught them and was furious.
He was so angry that he actually made the servants of the castle
imprisoned his daughter inside a thick wall of the castle!
It is said that because of the tragic event, she every night returns to
the castle and walks around the corridors.

In the 1930s they were building new toilets in the castle.
Therefore, they tore the old walls down.
When doing this, the workers actually found a little hole in the wall with
a skeleton with a white dress in it!
So maybe the old story is true, since it matches the story of the eye
witnesses and the story itself.
And many many people have seen the white lady walking in castle at night.

The castle also has old cellars for prisoners.
In the 1500s the famous Earl of Bothwell was captured there.
He was captured there about 5 years and died in 1578 in the cellar.
Some say that he was mad his last years-it's pretty understandable!

He is one of the castles three ghosts-every night he comes riding in the
court yard of the castle with his horse carriage.
I myself have been in the castle and heard the feet of horses scramble in
the court yard as if someone's riding out there.
But every time you look out, there is nothing there.

A group of American parapsychologists visited the castle once and took
their equipment with them.
In some areas of the castle there were extreme amounts of electricity and
radio activity.
Many ghost hunters has been there and got good and interesting adventures.

Dragsholm castle is indeed one of Denmark's best known ghost castles...
by futs_lung@hotmail.com

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