Gråsten Castle is best known as the summer resident of the royal family.
The very first castle in Gråsten was a hunting and leisure castle built in the midst of the 16th century. After it burned down in 1603, a new castle was built, probably where the current castle´s south wing is now. Shortly before 1700 the Chancellor Frederik Ahlefeldt built an impressive Baroque castle, which itself unfortunately burned down in 1757, only leaving the castle church. The current Gråsten Castle, or rather the south wing, thus originates from 1759. In 1842 the main building was added.
In 1935 the right of use of the castle was given to the late King Frederik and Queen Ingrid. Queen Ingrid was very interested in flowers and stood for the planning of the garden at Gråsten Castle until her departure in 2000.
During the stay of the royal family the area is closed to the public and there is no access to the castle-garden and church. The last years the crown prince couple and their children has stayed at the castle from end June, followed by Queen Margrethe II and HRH Prince Henrik.
Queen Margrethe is expected to arrive on the royal yacht Dannebrog in Aabenraa Harbour at the 15th July 2017 - thereafter the yacht will be transferred to the castle quay in Sønderborg.
Summer of 2017 the area will be closed from Thursday evening the 22nd June and will open again Friday morning the 11th August. Except from 27th June where there will be special tours through the garden in English and Danish performed by the gardeners themselves - ticketsale on www.booksonderjylland.dk
Changing of the guard:
During the stay of the royal family, a regiment departs each day at 11.30 am from the Mansion "Det Gule Palæ" at Ahlefeldvej 4, accompanied by flutes and drums, and marches through the town to the palace. This is followed by changing of the guard, which takes place at noon. During the stay of Queen Margrethe II you can enjoy a small concert in the palace yard on Fridays after the changing of the guard.