Sorgenfri Palace Garden
The royals have always been good at finding the most beautiful spots on the map, and Sorgenfri Palace Garden is no exception. Located along the Mill Stream, just north of Lyngby’s bustling town centre, this wooded landscape garden offers a peaceful and idyllic contrast to urban and commercial life. It is a quiet oasis, but also offers adventure for the curious.
Sorgenfri Palace, located in the middle of the palace garden, has been a royal castle since 1730. Sixty years after it was established, the garden was transformed into a romantic, English-style landscape garden straight out of a Golden Age painting. But even though the terrain looks natural, the Mill Stream is the only element that is not carefully planned.
The private gardens nearest to the palace are used by the royal family and are closed to the public, but there is still plenty of space for a picnic, a jog or a walk. The winding paths are entirely in keeping with the concept of a romantic garden, and lead to one surprise after another. At the garden’s highest point, which offers views of the Mill Stream, is a grotto carved out of large, rough stones. Like much of the garden, it is designed to create mystery and provide a wonderful experience for visitors.
Out by the Mill Stream is a memorial bench for the poet Viggo Stuckenberg who, due to financial difficulties, had to rent a room in the castle gardener’s lodge. Elsewhere, you come across the two small pavilions known as the Swiss House and Norwegian House. At the northern end is the Queen’s Well, where a ‘well woman’ sells schnapps for mixing with the fresh water from the well. The old vegetable garden features the remnants of an early-18th-century trellis wall and the garden’s old fruit trees.
Photo: Mikkel Grabowski
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(Sorgenfri Palace Garden)
- Walking and jogging
- Picnics and romantic natural scenery
- The original Sorgenfri Palace was built in 1706.
- During the German occupation, King Christian X spent a long time under house arrest at the palace, until German troops shot their way in on 29 August 1943. The king did not surrender officially, but ordered the royal guard not to return fire.
- After the poet Viggo Stuckenberg moved into the Sorgenfri gardener’s residence, his wife, Ingeborg, tried to commit suicide but was saved by the gardener. She later eloped with him to New Zealand. Stuckenberg began a relationship with the gardener’s wife, and later married her after Ingeborg committed suicide in New Zealand.
- Old oak and beech trees and other deciduous trees and bushes. The garden has rich bird life and the Mill Stream is home to many waterfowl and herons.
- There are plenty of shops on Lyngby Hovedgade.
- Bagsværd Lake