Explore the queen’s private garden
In July and August, you have the unique opportunity to visit the private garden of Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark – the Reserved Garden at Fredensborg Palace. In this part of the palace gardens, the Danish Royal Family has received rulers and leaders from around the world.
The Reserved Garden consists of the Marble Garden, which was made in the Baroque style as a compact screened garden with small Italian marble sculptures. The octagonal Menagerie Island was originally used as a place to keep exotic animals like bears, wolves, tigers and birds. Today, the Menagerie Island is full of wonderful roses.
In the Reserved Garden, there are also rhododendrons, rare trees and plants, and open areas with impressive and attractive perennial beds. The shaped box trees and yew trees have of course been trimmed to perfection by the large number of gardeners who work in the gardens.
The beautiful potagerie, also called the Herb Garden, provides fresh vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers for the royal kitchen and flowers for decoration inside the palace. HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark uses the herb garden regularly. He has added vegetables and exotic herbs, and vines have been planted in part of the herb garden for making wine.
In the garden’s modern Orangery, you can see attractive large plants from the Mediterranean area and plants associated with the gardens’ Baroque period, for example, myrtle trees that are 250 years old. You can purchase seedlings, herbs and Prince Henrik’s wine made at the Cayx Palace in France.
See the palace halls
In the summer months of July and early August when the royal couple are not in residence, the palace halls are open for guided tours. You can see many wonderful things, including the Dome Hall, where many official dinners take place, the Garden Room and a number of other representative rooms. The guided tours also include the Orangery and its associated herb garden, and Fredensborg Palace’s well-preserved palace chapel where Queen Margrethe was confirmed.
Palace gardens with magnificent grounds
Fredensborg Palace Gardens are the largest historical gardens in Denmark. Built at the same time as the palace was built, they were converted to the French Baroque style in 1759-69. Sculptor Johannes Wiedewelt created a series of sculptures here, including the very special double avenue Brede Allé with Nordmanddalen (A Nordic Community in Stone), which contains 70 sculptures portraying Norwegian and Faeroese farmers, fishermen and women. The royal private garden, Orangery and the historic herb garden, which supplies fresh flowers and vegetables to the palace’s royal household, are located adjacent to the palace. These three areas are only open to the public in July and at the beginning of August. There is free admission all year round to the rest of the gardens, which includes the finest baroque landscaping in Denmark.
Fredensborg is one of the Royal Family’s most favourite palaces, yet large parts of the palace and its gardens are open to the public. Even during the busiest summer months, there is never any sense of overcrowding in the gardens, and it is easy for visitors to find charming and peaceful spots.