Until the summer of 2021, the inner garden of Schackenborg Castle could only be admired through the beautiful gate at the end of the avenue leading up to the castle.
Now, every day from 10 am to 4 pm, you can take a walk in the garden and enjoy the many flowers, bushes, and trees. Feel free to take a break on a bench in the garden, experience the calmness, and listen to the sounds of singing birds.
The Inner Castle Garden
Already when Schackenborg was built, gardens were laid out within the moat that surrounds the castle. These gardens are now known as the inner castle garden.
Like many other gardens, Schackenborg Castle Garden is in constant change—it grows and evolves continuously, and its designs have been subject to changing fashion trends since the 17th century.
In the garden, you will find the trees planted by Prince Joachim for each of his four princes and princesses.
The Outer Castle Garden
The outer castle garden, popularly known as Sønderhaven, was established by Countess Dowager Sophie Dorothea Schack in the late 17th century. Originally, the garden was a typical baroque garden with clear axial divisions, but over time, it transformed. In the 1750s, for example, it was redesigned into a French layout with large lime tree avenues, and around 1800, the castle garden was expanded with coniferous plantings. Many trees were gradually planted, and much of the garden is now wooded.
For many years, the outer castle garden was reserved for the Schack family at Schackenborg, but gradually it was also opened to the people of Møgeltønder. In 1970, Tønder Municipality finally took over the administration and care of the garden in exchange for it being permanently open to the public.
A Much-Needed Renovation
Both the inner and outer castle gardens have received a much-needed renovation by Prince Joachim. In 2007-2009, Prince Joachim carried out a comprehensive renovation of the garden, where paths were restored, half of the trees were removed, and many of the old original elements were brought forward again.