Egeskov Castle

  • Port

    Fredericia, Denmark

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Starting At

    USD189.95

  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

You're headed to the lovely Funen Island countryside, known as 'the Garden of Denmark' and accessed by the Little Belt Suspension Bridge (1970).

Explore Egeskov Castle -- Europe's best-preserved Renaissance water castle. It is built on a foundation of oak piles driven down into the lakebed. Legend holds that it took an entire forest of oak trees to build the foundation. Do you believe it? You might, once you know that Egeskov means 'oak forest'. Civil unrest in the 1500s caused many of Denmark's noblemen to build fortified castles as their homes. At Egeskov, Frands Brockenhuus commissioned thick double walls, water on all sides, and a drawbridge. Scalding holes, arrow slits and artillery ports ensured that his home was always ready for uninvited guests, but the welcome you receive today will be noticeably warmer. Explore the castle's interior with your guide; then, enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake at the castle café.

You are free to explore on your own afterwards. On site you will find a vintage car and motorcycle museum, a museum of Danish Fire & Rescue Services, an Agricultural Museum, a Grocer's Museum and an old Smithy.

The park-like grounds cover 49 acres of land and are divided into a number of theme gardens. The Renaissance garden features fountains and topiary figures. The fuchsia garden -- one of the largest in Europe -- features 104 different species. Other gardens include an English garden, a water garden, an herb garden, a vegetable garden and a peasants' garden. The gardens also feature four hedge mazes -- the beech maze is several hundreds of years old. You can even try treetop walking in the old birch forest before returning to Fredericia by motor coach.

Notes:

Wear comfortable walking shoes. There are several steps and flight of stairs inside the castle. Uneven surfaces at the castle grounds include gravel, grass and cobblestones. There are uneven surfaces inside the classic car exhibition.