Short Study Tour: Egeskov Slot
Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
66Trip End Dec 20, 2007
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First off, Egeskov Castle isn't nearly as cool as the other castles I've been too. It's pretty but it's not nearly as big and half of the castle is closed off to visitors. Why? Because people still LIVE there. Isn't that weird? In fact, on our tour we had to move out of the way as some baby sitter or someone came past us carrying a baby back into the house. Some earl or duke...or someone important and royal...lives here. Deciding that the property just takes too much upkeep, they turned it into the biggest tourist attraction on the island of Funen.
Now, I can't quite decide whether he's using the tour money to simply upkeep the castle or to buy himself fancy antique cars and build stupid crap everywhere.
Anyways, back to the tour. The first room you enter is the hunting room.
This is where the dukes dear old dad hung up all the skins and heads of dead endangered animals that he killed for enjoyment in Africa. It was apparently quite the thing to do at the time. As an extra added touch to the room, he also mounted dozens of knives, swords, and other fun weapons all around the dead animals. He also still holds the record for killing a gazelle with the biggest horns...most likely because doing that now is illegal.
Outside the castle is where the duke got REALLY carried away. There's lots of gardens (mostly original) but then there's a giant hedge maze. AND a huge playground. AND tree top walking...because every duke needs to walk through the tree tops.
He also has a museum filled with antique ford cars and vintage metal signs for Firestone and Goodyear. This is also where you can find the gift shop with cheesy castle t-shirts, shot glasses, and the duke himself on a postcard in front of his castle, dressed in his very own knight's armor that was specially fitted for him.
There were even other attractions that I must have missed, including the simulated tomb/coffin of dracula, designed to scare the crap out of all the little children.
So what do you think? Is the duke really going broke? Also, it's by far one of the most expensive (and disappointing) tourist attractions in all of Denmark at $30. Remember, you only get to see half the castle. It's almost as much of a rip off as Tivoli accept that Tivoli is actually much more fun.