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9/12/2017

Egeskov Slot

Egeskov Slot water castle
Egeskov Slot water castle

How about a great day out with your kids in Denmark? Here is Egeskov Slot (read: jiskow slot) a place where you embrace the history. Egeskov is located near Kværndrup, 33 kilometres from Odense. Believe me, there are very few places like the one I’m going to tell you about. Places in which both parents and kids will have fun. Places that will come up to the expectations of gardeners, photographers, Downtown Abbey fans and vintage cars buffs. If you feel I'm a bit overenthusiastic,  maybe the statistics will help : more than 90 per cent of the people who have been to Egeskov Slot think it’s an “excellent” or “very good” place to visit.(Trip Advisor reviews September 2017)

Let's start with the basic info: Egeskov Slot is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castle surrounded by parks and gardens. It belongs to a Dannish noble family, which have openned it to the public.  We stopped by in Egeskov (2016) after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor and it was one of the best decisions we made during our Dannish holidays. I suppose because of the fact that the weather on the day of our visit was great, we’ll always remember Egeskov as an amazing place for a day out. But Egeskov is not only the castle, gardens, and parks, it’s also kid-friendly playgrounds, bamboo labyrinth, walk in the tree tops, and a few interesting exhibitions.

Tip: to make most of your time in Egeskov pick a sunny day. Pay 20DKK extra and buy a ticket which allows you to visit the castle interiors, and the Fairy Queen “dolls’ house.”


Kids just wanna have fun ... 

Playgrounds at Egeskov Slot
Playgrounds at Egeskov Slot






Our day in Egeskov started with…playgrounds. Just after crossing the entrance gates our kids noticed a zip wire in the trees and a huge spider’s web and ran straight ahead to the playgrounds. After two hours spent in the car every kid would do the same!

The playgrounds are situated on the left to the entrance gate. For younger kids there are lower, and safer structures, older kids will have fun on structures for climbing, a zip wire and a spider’s web.  Even though our 9 year old usually thinks playgrounds are boring, he enjoyed the playgrounds in Egeskov.

Playgrounds at Egeskov Slot
Playgrounds at Egeskov Slot

Climbing for older kids at Egeskov Slot


The playgrounds are rather the average size, however, they’re well-planned and interesting for kids. We loved Egeskov also because there were NO crowds (mid July) I suppose there are so many things to do that the visitors were spread all over the park, gardens and museums.

a playground for small kids at Egeskov Slot
a playground for small kids at Egeskov Slot

a playground for small kids at Egeskov Slot
a playground for small kids at Egeskov Slot



Gardeners’ Paradise

Egeskov Gardens
Egeskov Gardens


The playgrounds are for kids and how about adults? On a warm, sunny day, walking round Egeskov gardens is a moving experience. Not only because blooming flowers and other plants are pleasing to the eye, but also because you feel these are the gardens with history. You could almost imagine duchesses and counts walking round these gardens and you wish you could put on a replica renaissance dress and stroll round the gardens yourself.

Egeskov Gardens
Egeskov Gardens




Egeskov Gardens have won numerous prizes with a prestigious Havens Dags Pris, the Most Beautiful Gardens of Denmark Prize. I do enjoy photographing such gardens. The only drawback, and I’m the picky one, were in my view incomplete fountains, but maybe that was the period of their renovation
About the gardens: although there are numerous gardens in Egeskov I especially recommend strolling round the Reneissance Garden, the Fuchsia Garden and the Garden of Life.

Old growth trees at Egeskov
Old growth trees at Egeskov



Fuchsia Garden 
Fuchsia Garden at Egeskov
Fuchsia Garden at Egeskov


One of Egeskov previous owners loved fuchsias and decided to create the Fuchsia Garden. Right now there are round 800 fuchsia varieties, many of which are 50-60 years old. The oldest plant is round 90! I’d never seen fuchsias with wooden stems.

An interesting fact: As you may know, fuchsias are difficult plants to grow, they need proper conditions to thrive, and they can’t tolerate low temperatures so in September all fuchsias are dug out and moved to glasshouses for the winter. They’re replanted again just as gardeners are absolutely sure there is no risk of ground frosts, which is around the end of May, the beginning of June.

To find out more about Egeskov go to Egeskov Slot pat II (info on prices, exhibitions and accomodation)

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