Egeskov Castle in Denmark
Built in an era where defending one’s home from invaders was a priority, the Egeskov Castle in Denmark is surrounded by a moat, with the only point of access at the time being a drawbridge that could be raised to cut the castle off from the surrounding land. The castle was built in 1554 as the home of Frands Brockenhuus and his wife Anne Tinhuus, and is renowned for being the most well preserved building of its kind in Europe. Visitors to Egeskov Castle can enjoy a tour of the historic castle, relax in the beautifully landscaped gardens, take a walk through a maze in the park, or gain insight into the past at one of the many museums.
While the building and its picturesque surroundings look peaceful today, it was built to protect its inhabitants in a time of political upheaval and religious renaissance. Located in the middle of a lake to create a natural moat around the castle, its foundations consist of oak with legend stating that it took an entire forest of oak trees to build. The two long buildings of the castle are connected by a thick double wall containing concealed staircases and a water well. This wall made it possible for occupants to move between the two buildings with relative safety, even when under attack. The two round corner towers allowed the occupants of the castle the opportunity to attack an enemy’s flanks, while scalding holes, arrow slits and artillery ports at strategic positions, along with the moat, made it difficult for attackers to reach the building.
Over the years, Egeskov Castle has changed hands a number of times. Currently, much of the castle is open to the public, and private functions can be held in the banqueting hall. Suspended bridges between the trees in the 130 year old birch forest allow visitors to get a bird’s-eye view of surroundings from between 10 to 15 meters above the ground. There are a number of mazes to explore in the grounds of the Castle, with the oldest having been established nearly 300 years ago; while the children’s playground will keep the younger members of the family happy for hours.
Egeskov Castle is home to a number of museums, including the Veteran Car Museum, Motorcycle Museum, Museum of Agriculture, Museum of Horse-drawn Vehicles and the Falck Museum, which showcases rescue vehicles such as ambulances and fire engines. Certainly, there is something for everyone at Denmark’s Egeskov Castle, making it an ideal destination for a family outing.