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Back in the Middle Ages, Schackenborg Castle near Tønder was called Møgeltønderhus and belonged to the Bishop of Ribe. Commander Hans Schack renamed the castle in 1661. For 11 generations Schackenborg remained in the Schack family, in 1676-1924 as a count's…

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Fit for a prince

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A Danish manor house is conventionally an overgrown" farm, so the lord can keep an eye on the cowshed from his living room. But not Schackenborg. The first Count Schack closed down manors and leased the land to farmers. For 200 years, the counts lived off the lease income. In 1873, when farmers became freeholders, a later count began buying up farms in the area. That is why Schackenborg includes a number of farms covering a wide area. The town of Møgeltønder is just as unusual. Clusters of farms surround the church, and a street runs as straight as a ruler to the castle flanked by 18th century houses for the craftsmen and salaried employees working at the manor. Schackenborg and Møgeltønder look more like a royal town from foreign shores than a Danish manor and village. It is a town fit for a prince. "

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Fit for a prince

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