The castle park at Egeskov was designed by Niels Krag the Younger who was at Egeskov from 1722-1740. The layout of the park drew its inspiration from the castle parks at Fredensborg and Frederiksborg as well as those of Versailles. The gardens consist of a large number of separate areas surrounded by high hedges, the highest measuring 8 metres.
One of the most unique aspects of Egeskov castle park is the fact that it has been possible to preserve the 280 year old hedging system which is still a source of wonder to our many visitors as they move from one garden 'room' to another. The contents of the park, on the other hand, has undergone a good deal of change over the years.
Egeskov park has been open to the public for several generations but it was only in 1962, when Nonni and Gregers Ahlefeldt re-opened the park to the public following extensive restoration work, that tourism started in earnest at Egeskov.
See the gardener's year
The park surrounding Egeskov is tended to and cared for in accordance with all the rules of fine gardening. Here you can experience the smell of the most fragrant flower beds, see impressive 12 km hedges, admire 1,200 different Fuchsia varieties and much more. The castle garden is also home to one of the last manor nursery gardens in operation that is open for the public.
Treat yourself to a visit in one of Europe's most beautiful historic gardens, which received different nominations and garden awards:
Condé Nast Traveler mentioned in 2016 Egeskov as one of the "50 Most Beautiful Places in Europe".
CNN Travel mentioned in 2013 Egeskov garden as "One of 12 fabulous garden in the World".
Since 2013 Egeskov has yearly received the "Travellers Choice" at TripAdvisor.
Egeskov wins The European Garden Award by the European Garden & Heritage Network named "Best European historic garden 2012", for best Restoration, Enhancement and Development of a Historic Park or Garden.
Egeskov is awarded with two stars in the Michelin Travel Guide.
Egeskov has been described as "Denmark's most beautiful garden" and was awarded ("Havens Dags Pris").
Of central imporatance is the high quality of the park and the many gardens at Egeskov. The impression made by the large number of tree-high hedges, which have been continuously maintain for over 280 years, is absolutely overwhelming.
The large number of gardens makes a visit to Egeskov into a veritable journey. This is an indicator of the successful further development of the historical garden. Conversation of garden culture is taken seriously yet is presented light-heartedly.
This is something the equal of which is hard to find in Europe and which Egeskov has developmed consistently and enthusiastically.
Eash of the gardens is a source of inspiration and source to some excellent gardening ideas. The gardens are under constant development and are tended all year round by Egeskov's commited gardeners.
You can buy a little piece of Egeskov to take home with you in Egeskov Plan Shop at the plant nusery wich you are welcome to visit.