You will find an excellent collection of Vintage-cars in Egeskov castle, I have posted the 5 best of my photos here and there are a lot more photos of this wonderfull car-collection in my travelogues !
You can see this museum as one of the many museums of Egeskov Slot, included in the all-inclusive-entrance-fee at the main gate.
In this collection are around 50 fully restored cars from the end of the 19th century untill the 1980s, there are eight aeroplanes and a helicopter as well.
The oldest car of the collection is from 1899 and it is a steam-driven vehicle.
Look at this very special dollhouse: Titania's Palace is a dollhouse that a british Officer named Sir Neville Wilkinson had built for his daughter, who wanted to have a "real palace" for Titania, the queen of the elfs. It took him 15 years to build this palace that consists now of 3000 parts and there is even a chapel with a fully functional organ inside of it.
Dont miss to take a look also inside the great palace of Egeskov: a part of the Slot is still inhabited but a large part is also open for visitors and furnished with old furniture of the 18th,19th and early 20th century.
I think it was really worth the extra entrancefee of about 50 DKR (= ca. 7 Euros) that I had to pay for seeing the castle-interior as well.
When you take a closer look at early automobiles, you will see a lot of similarities between horse-carriages and the early cars.
You will find the Egeskov-Museum of Horse-drawn Vehicles next to the Museum of Agriculture inside a large straw-thatched, half-timbered house, by the lake and between the castle and the car-museum.
My favorite exhibit here was the ambulance-carriage in my last picture !
In the Museum of Agriculture you will see a wide collection of all sorts of machineries used on a farm and there is also a collection of blue enamelled kitchen utensils (in my 1st photo) , and all of this is housed inside a lovely halftimbered house, straw-thatched and built next to the castle-lake, you will see ducks and swans there as well
Falck is a private company that is in charge of firefighting, ambulances etc. in Danmark for more than 100 years now and in Egeskov you will find a great collection of their firefighting-cars and other automobiles and a lot of background-infos.
Every year in August there will be a "Falck-Day" in Egeskov, with the possibility to see these vehicles in action - just check out the dates in the weblink below !
This is the collection of Vintage bikes and Motorbikes that you will see in Egeskov castle, I put the 5 most interesting here in my extra-photos and a lot more into my travelogues.
The rarest exhibit in this part of the museum is the only example in the world of the Danish Kyhl marque which dates from 1905.
In case that you come to Egeskov in August :
There will be an annual event with about 200 vintage-motorbikes in Egeskov - check for the date in the link below !
So the castle is closed between end of September until end of April.
But when it is open, you'll find state rooms, an old timer museum, a museum of vintage cars and fire-engines, mazes to walk in, and 40 acres of park. Something else is the walk amongst treetops, 10-15 metres above ground.
Admission fees for 2007 are:
Adults 110 DKK (14,80 EURO) including all museums, the park, mazes and playground.
For an additional 55 DKK (7,40 EURO ), you can also visit the castle.
Children 4-12: 62 DKK (8,33 EURO) with an additional 25 DKK (3,36 EURO) for the castle.
Parking is free.
I hoped to see something beautiful amongst the motorbikes in this museum, not being particularly interested in the engines themselves. I was not disappointed and kitan was in seventh heaven. The museum was bigger than I thought, taking up more than one lenght of a big barn, and there is also a loft with more unusual stuff. There are motorbikes from most European MC countries as well as some Indian ones and there are also early bikes that developed motors. Some have buttons to press where you can hear the engine sound and there is a small hot dog stand in the middle so you have no excuse for stopping and really enjoying it. I loved an old Danish yellow post bike and also all the nice colours bikes came in in the old days. Pedal_fool loved to find some of his old MZ bikes in the attic where there was also a Messerschmidt. This museum can make a biker out of anyone. Just click on the picture to see what they've done to the roof :) There is also a Falk Museum at the back. Falk being Denmark's main emergency service company, it deals with the various types of rescuing.
The old shop is housed in the motorcycle museum and has all those old things you expect a shop to have, such as sweets, pots and pans, drink bottles and more. All in old fashioned surroundings with the typical old commercial wall plates, advertising tobacco, cocoa and such.
This museum was set up in 1967 and houses a wealth of old cars. Not as many planes but those that are there are impressive. My favourite things were a sweet old campervan used by a Danish family to see Europe in, and the bike with an armchair attached to it!
This is something I had not seen since a visit to Belgian Plankendael Zoo. Here, it is not as long a walk in the trees (100 metres) as there, but nevertheless fun unless you end up next to a bunch of school kids who insist on breaking the rules and hop and run across the bridges. After all, you are 15 metres up in the tree tops...
The grounds are huge, and there are various gardens, especially in the area surrounding the castle where you will find rose beds and a French garden with trees and hedges cut in various shapes. There is also a Fuchsia garden with lots of fuchsias in bloom summertime. The Kitchen garden shows herbs and plants needed for a huge farm life and is famous for its early ecologic thinking. Then there is a Cottage garden, a Water garden and Herbaceous garden. Finally, no castle grounds would be complete without an English garden. This one is near the castle lake. For those of you who have got inspired, there is a plant shop outside the castle gates...
The castle grounds include a beech maze, and this has to be kept short to survive, which is why a bamboo maze was created closer to the stables some decades ago as a copy. This could be the world's biggest maze and is in any case huge. There is a tower on top of it so that parents can aid their lost children :)))
Since farming has played a huge part in Egeskov's history, it is only natural that there should be a museum displaying old tools for everything that went on on a farm. Half the old stables is dedicated to this, showing pots and pans, woodwork tools, ploughs and so on, whilst the other half is made up of a collection of great carriages, including a horse-drawn ambulance. The building itself is gorgeous and on a sunny day, it is great to sit on one of the benches along the waterfront.