Lake Esrum is perhaps best-known for its distinguished neighbor, Fredensborg Palace, an imposing Baroque castle and spring and autumn residence of the Danish monarch, which sits atop a hill overlooking the lake. The lake’s history is closely intertwined with the royal family, having served as their “laundry lake” back in the 1700’s, due to the exceptional cleanliness of the water (something which swimmers and bathers can still enjoy to this day).
Here, we share three tips on what to see and do at Lake Esrum:
#1: Go sailing on 100-year-old boats – and meet the skippers who sail them
Lake Esrum is big enough to have an ongoing ferry operation, manned by volunteer sailors with extensive maritime experience and tens of thousands of nautical miles between them. The skippers, many of them with weather-beaten faces and plenty of seafaring anecdotes, have been a fixture of Lake Esrum since at least 1748, when the ferries mostly carried cargo back and forth across the lake. In 2010, the ferry routes were reestablished in a bid to preserve the culture and legacy of the lake, as well as the two antique and well-preserved ferry boats, named Viking and Rolf, from 1917 and 1909 respectively.