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Graasten Palace Garden

Winding Paths, vast lawns, woods, lakes and flower beds blending uniquely with the South Jutland landscape - that is Graasten Palace Gardens in a nutshell.

The profusion of flowers is also magnificent. Queen Ingrid loved flowers and left a profound mark in the gardens, making them a vivid example of contemporary Royal landscape gardening.

Queen Margrethe II carried on her parents longstanding tradition of using Graasten Palace as a summer residence. Today the queen has her say in the Gardens colour scheme and selection of plants.

Graasten Palace Garden is open to the public all year round, so you can also enjoy the garden in its autumn colors, in winter and in early spring - however, the rules listed below must be observed.

Guided tours for groups through the history of the garden and the church can be booked at Sønderborg Tourist Office. 

When the royal family is in residence at Graasten Palace, the Palace Garden is closed to the public, thus the Royal Kitchen Garden will still be open.


Graasten Palace Garden & Palace Church will be closed from 1 July - in connection with preparations for the royal family's summer recidence. However, the Palace Church will be open for church services and evening community singing. We expect that the Palace Garden will be open again on Monday 19. august. 

On 9 July 2024 4 pm, there will be an official reception of King Frederik X and Queen Mary at Torvet in Gråsten by Mayor Erik Lauritzen. Weather permitting, after the official reception, the Royal Couple will walk from Torvet via Slotsgade to Gråsten Castle.

Many visitors are expected in the city. The following central roads in Gråsten will be closed from 10am to 7pm this day: From Torvet at Borgergade via Slotsgade and Slotsbakken to Felstedvej, Fredensgade at no. 11 to Slotsgade and Nygade from Ringgade to Torvet. Sønderborg Municipality recommends walking, cycling or using public transport. If you use your car, these four areas are recommended for parking:

  • Ahlmannsparken, Ahlefeldvej 4, 6300 Gråsten (8 disabled spaces),
  • Politigrunden on Kongevej, 6300 Gråsten (at the roundabout),
  • Peter Marcussens Plads, Emmas Have 20, 6300 Gråsten,
  • Ringriderpladsen, Johs Kocksvej, 6300 Gråsten

Rules of order at Graasten Palace Garden

Do not cycle or use electric vehicles such as segways, skateboards or scooters in the garden
Do not grill or make a fire
Your dog is welcome when it is on a leash
Flowers and branches must not be picked, cut or broken
Do not walk on the onion lawns
You must not move on the ice on the garden's lakes and ponds
You must not ride in the garden
You must have a special permit from the 
Culture and Palaces Agency to fly a drone in the Palace Garden
To hold meetings and events, you must obtain permission from the Culture and Palaces Agency