Schackenborg Castle

Tønder, Denmark

Schackenborg Castle is the private residence of Prince Joachim of Denmark, the 2nd son of the present Danish monarch. One of the Northern Europe’s most beautiful village street from the beginning of the 1700s leads to Møgeltønderhus, better known as Schackenborg Palace. Møgeltønderhus was the castle for the bishops of Ribe. It served as protection against the influx of Frisian culture from the south and guarded the waterway from Vidå to Tønder. The building was transferred to the King after the Reformation, and in 1661 the King conveyed the castle to general Hans Schack as a gesture of gratitude for his service in the war against the Swedes.

For 11 generations, the Palace belonged to the Schack family until it came into the Royal Family’s ownership in 1978. In 1993, Schackenborg Palace and its associated farm and lands were taken over by Prince Joachim. The Palace is not open to the public. In summer, there are guided tours to the palace garden.

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Founded: 1661
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Denmark
Historical period: Absolutism (Denmark)

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Bjarne Noll (7 months ago)
Det er da meget flot, men så det kun udefra. Det ville være bedre at se det på en rundtur. Så oplevelsen var Ikke så god.
Sofus Würtz (14 months ago)
Guided tour was very nice. Not so child friendly, since it is a lot of listening. Could be difficult for some children.
Rhiannon Hansen (15 months ago)
Wasn't able to visit the castle, however the surrounding town is well maintained and has some extremely beautiful old buildings, and a delightful café.
Bastian Süß (15 months ago)
Unfortunately only accessible with guided tours
Michael Trumpf (2 years ago)
Var til julemarked. Havde nok sat næsen op efter mere og var derfor måske nok en smule skuffet. Var lidt sat op udenfor og et telt med boder og en madbod, men ikke ret meget.
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