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Afternoon tea in the most lovely of rose gardens – a different summer experience

Explore the lovely park and castle of Bernstorff Slot, go back in time in the small and cosy rose garden of Danish Queen Louise, and enjoy a tea pause at Dr. Louises Tehus.


By Bente D. Knudsen  Pictures: Bente D. Knudsen and SLKS (Finn Christoffersen)

Danish Queen Louise lived at Bernstorff Slot during the second half of the 18th century, and she loved roses, a passion she cultivated in her very own small rose garden. It was her preferred part of Bernstorff Slot, located only eight km from Copenhagen city centre.

Here she served afternoon tea for her guests; either sitting outside surrounded by roses or indoors in the lovely little cottage. The half-timbered quaint house with its thatched roof was named after her.

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This is a great and different weekend excursion during the summer: to have tea at Dr. Louises Tehus.

Owned by the Danish state, and maintained by Slots & Kulturstyrelsen, the afternoon tea concept in the rose garden has been run by tea retailer Chaya since 2009.

Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from mid-May until October (11:00 to 17:00), tea is served in beautiful old silver teapots – bought by Chaya at auctions in Scotland.

We recommend not to book the latest time possible as they start clearing up the tables and get ready to close at 17:00, also they use the standard in Denmark with the table booked for a maximum of 2 hours and then you have to leave.

It is a delightful experience though and the garden and park are worth visiting.

Have breakfast, a full afternoon tea (magnificent English version with cucumber sandwiches), just tea and scones, or apple-juice and cake.

If the weather is good – sit outside and enjoy the perfumed scent of the roses or indoors on the more chilly days in the beautifully renovated cottage.

You can just come by and grab a seat – or book online or by phone at 3990 9097. More information here ( the website is in  English as well).

Booking is higly recommended – and the weekends get sold out quickly. Our pictures are from an early June when the roses had bloomed.

Small tip: if you find it too expensive or sold out, next to the rose garden there is a large lawn and green area, here you could also bring your own picnic and experience the rose garden and park as well.

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