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 death in 2000.
There is no public access to the buildings and rooms of the castle, except from the palace church, who has special opening hours.
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.
HRH Prince Henrik past away on the 13 February 2018 in the age of 83 years.
Summer 2020, the garden at Gråsten Palace will be closed to the public from 26 June and is not expected to open again until 6 August at 7.30 pm.
Hello and welcome your royal Highness is cancelled in 2020
Tuesday July 16th 2019 at 10 am, H.R.H. Queen Margrethe II arrives on-board the royal yacht Dannebrog to Sønderborg. After the greeting in Sønderborg, with flags and flower girls, the journey continued by car to the square ”Torvet” in Gråsten, where H.R.H. is greeted at 10.40 am with a speech by the mayor of Sønderborg Municipality. The castle area will reopen to the public at August 6th some time in the afternoon.
Changing of the guard without march through the city in 2020
During the stay of the royal family, a regiment departs each day at 11.30 am from the yellow Mansion "Det Gule Palæ" at Ahlefeldvej 5 and marches through the town via Borggade, Torvet and Slotsgade to the palace. This is followed by changing of the guard, which takes place at noon.
The Friday concerts is cancelled in 2020
During the stay of Queen Margrethe II the march is accompanied by flutes and drums and on Fridays you can enjoy a small concert in the palace yard after the changing of the guard.