Schackenborg Palace

Photo: Schackenborg Slot

Have you always dreamt of seeing what a royal palace looks like from the inside?

Parts of Schackenborg Palace have been opened to the public. Here you can gain a fascinating insight into the royal surroundings and the palace’s exciting history.

Have you always dreamt of seeing what a royal palace looks like from the inside, and thus an idea of how the royal family may live?

Well, now’s your chance in Møgeltønder, where parts of Schackenborg Palace have been opened to the public. The palace gardens have at times previously been open to visitors, but now there’s much more for curious guests to see.

The former stables have been converted into a café and visitor centre that tells the story of the palace’s past. The stables was opened at Easter 2020.

There’ll also be access to other parts of the palace during selected periods, in addition to which special events, such as “Christmas at Schackenborg”, will be held.

The south wing of the palace will remain closed to the public, however, as this is where Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their children live when visiting the palace.

Although the palace is owned and run by a foundation today, the south wing is still a private residence for the prince and his family.

The rest of the palace will remain open when the royal family visits. If you see the swallow-tailed flag with the crown in the centre flying from the flagpole, don’t be surprised to see members of the royal family when visiting Schackenborg.

Schackenborg and the royal family have been closely connected for many years, with Count and Countess Hans and Karin Schack, who were childless, deciding to assign the palace and its land to Prince Joachim.

Prince Joachim lived at Schackenborg for 21 years, before he and his family moved to Copenhagen in 2014, from where they left for Paris in 2019. Their connection to Schackenborg and Sønderjylland remains intact, however.

If you visit Schackenborg, make sure you take the time to go for a walk in the attractive old village of Møgeltønder.