Egeskov Castle – a castle bustling with activity

Photo: Peter Kirkegaard

Egeskov Castle is the biggest tourist attraction on Fyn – so you don’t want to miss it. Come visit the best-preserved moat castle in Europe. Experience an award-winning park, lots of exhibits and the beautiful chambers and halls inside of the castle.

The living castle, which still houses the Ahlefeldt family, offers experiences for the whole family.

You can experience fun exhibits and museums, which among other things include rare airplanes, cars and motor bikes. You can also see the world’s most amazing doll house Titania’s Palace. Are you looking for something more thrilling? Dracula’s Crypt is the place for you.

Egeskov is opened from the end of April to the end of October, but awakes from its winter sleep in November, when the castle welcomes you to the popular Christmas Market. See opening hours and prices here.

Explore the award-winning park

The park has been open for visitors for generations. The historic park looks like it did in 1959, where the restoration of the old garden began. Trees and bushes have been there for hundreds of years and the castle gardeners look after them very carefully.

Bring a picnic basket with you to the park. The many different gardens and areas is a sight to be seen – make sure you don’t miss it. Visit the rose garden, the dahlia garden, the scent garden, the fuchsia garden, the white garden and many, many more.

Active challenges at Egeskov

Are you looking for some more active things do to? Then come climb the 100 metre high tree top trail among 130 year old trees. Or challenge your family to find their way through the Piet Hein Maze.

Surrounded by old beech trees you will find a wonderful play ground with equipment from Kompan. You can eat a packed lunch while looking at playing kids. It is also possible to buy food at the café.

Lots of wonderful events

Looking for a visit out of the ordinary? Egeskov hosts a range of different event throughout the year.

Experience Egeskov By Night on Wednesdays during the summer. The castle also welcomes you to experience Halloween during the Danish Autumn Break (week 42).

Spoil yourself to a visit to the Christmas market or the Luminis event in November.

Keep an eye on the calendar for special events.

 

The history of Egeskov – a castle built for defence

Have you ever wondered how the more than 450 year old castle got its name? The castle was built in the middle of a lake and legend has it that the oak tree foundation required an entire forest.

The magnificent building radiates tranquillity and idyll today, but it was originally intended for defence. The complex consists of two longhouses linked by a thick double wall. 

If the castle was attacked, the plan was to surrender one building and then continue fighting from the other. The outer wall features a series of embrasures and machicolations, allowing the defenders to attack their aggressors with boiling water or tar.

A number of clans have lived at Egeskov over the years. It was sold to Henrik Bille in 1784 and has remained in the possession of his family ever since.

In 1975 the owners restored the castle banqueting hall, and from 1986 onwards, tourists have been able to visit both this hall and many of the other rooms in the castle.