Gråsten Palace

Gråsten Palace – Queen Ingrid’s summer residence

Gråsten Castle. Photo: Torben Eskerod.
Gråsten Castle. Photo: Torben Eskerod.

Throughout her life in Denmark the Swedish-born Queen Ingrid (late mother of the present Queen) enjoyed gathering her family around her at Gråsten Palace. In 1935 she married Prince Frederik, later King Frederik IX, and they were given the palace as a summer residence.

Today the palace is at the disposal of Queen Margrethe II. There have been several palaces at the site; the present palace is from 1759.

Gråsten Palace Chapel

Gråsten Palace Chapel in the north wing is all that is left of Count Frederik Ahlefeldt’s large Baroque palace from the seventeenth century. The chapel interior is richly decorated with a grand altarpiece and about 80 paintings. There are public services as well as cultural events in the chapel. The Palace Chapel is open to the public.

Visit Gråsten Palace

Wednesday 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–12 noon,
Sundays and public holidays 2 p.m.–4 p.m.

Provided the Royal Family are not at the palace or services are being held.

Gråsten Palace Gardens

Gråsten Palace Gardens. Photo: The Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties
Gråsten Palace Gardens. Photo: The Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties

Gråsten Palace Gardens is an English-inspired landscape garden that sits beautifully and naturally in the South Jutland landscape. In the summer season great beds of roses and perennials are radiant with a wealth of colours.


November–February 7.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m.
March and October 7.30 a.m.–6 p.m.
April 7.30 a.m.–7 p.m.
May–September 7.30 a.m.–8 p.m.

Opening hours apply only when the Royal family are not at home in the palace.

+45 33 95 42 00

Group tours

Group tours in the gardens and palace chapel can be booked from Sønderborg Tourist Office.

+45 74 42 35 55

Last updated: 10.04.2014
  • The Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties
  • H.C. Andersens Boulevard 2
  • DK - 1553 København V
  • Tlf: +45 3395 4200
  • Email: slke@remove-this.slke.dk

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