Morning dew at Augustenborg Castle

Augustenborg - The city of the Dukes

When Duke Ernst Günther built the first palace in Augustenborg, he had the village Stavnsbøl torn down. Some small houses were built for palace staff and many of these houses still have their old, beautiful doors.

Augustenborg Palace is one of the most magnificent baroque palaces in Denmark. Duke Christian August II was the last duke at Augustenborg. As a result of of his close relations with Germany during the First Schleswig War (1848-50), the ducal family lost all its property and Christian August II was forced to flee from the palace on March 26, 1848. A PDF with a citymap of Augustenborg is found on this link.

During the Schleswig Wars the palace was used as a field hospital. Thereafter it was first used as a barracks, and from 1878 as a female seminary. During this period the ‘daring’ wall decoration in the garden hall was covered with a blanket – it was to offending. After the Reunification, the palace was bought by the Danish state and used as a state hospital from 1927- 28. Since 1932, it has been a mental hospital.

Augustenborg Palace Church is a complete example of a prince’s chapel. The beautiful marble floor, lavish stucco decorations and woodcarvings covered with gold testify to the riches of the past. The chapel is from 1775 and was specially built for ladies to be able to move around in their great crinolines. The impressive baptismal Carrara marble font was a present from Tsar Alexander. The altar, pulpit and organ are remarkably placed above each other. The church is open during service.

Augustenborg - the ducal city is a new guided tour starting in 2017. See the beautifull place church and hear about the ducal family.

In the northern part of the Palace Garden lies the sculpture park – Augustiana - which is open for visitors 24 hours a day.

At the Mini Museum at the bell tower you can get valuable insight into the dukes' family history.

Augustenborg cemetery lies about 750 meters from the church on the corner of Stavenbølsgade, Parkgade and Møllegade. It was opened in 1848 when Ketting Churchyard had become too small for the fallen in the Three Year War, that lasted from 1848-1850. Today there are 69 graves and one common grave from the two Schleswig wars. The churchyard is protected.

Sebbe Als was built in 1967-69 as a true copy of the Viking ship ‘Wreck 5’ from the finds in Skullelev at Roskilde Fjord. The ship, launched in 1969, was built on the basis of drawings of the original ship and with the same type of tools as the ‘old’ Vikings used. Sebbe Als was launched in 1969, and you can enjoy the ship during Rumregatta and the music festival 'A Sunday on Als'.

Ketting Cove lies by the shortcut between Sebbelev and Egen. This area of natural beauty has a rich bird life, and along the southern side of the cove you can follow a small path to a bird sanctuary with a tower hide, but do put on your Wellingtons. You are allowed to fish in the western part at the cove.

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