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These are the three most beautiful medieval castles in Sweden

What you might not expect is that there is a reasonable number of castles in Sweden. Some of these Swedish castles are quite impressive and well worth a visit. In this article you’ll find the most important and beautiful castles in Sweden with information about the history, location, photos and other information.

Thanks to Sweden’s long history, there are several beautiful castles around our country. Some castles are still privately owned and closed to the public, but there are also many well-preserved gems that are open to the public to visit.

In a historical kingdom like Sweden, there is really no shortage of fantastic castles.

Several of the castles are not only beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside where the old interiors have been preserved in original condition for several centuries. The styles of castles in between vary greatly, some castles have countless pinnacles and towers to admire, while others offer a more stripped-down exterior. Some of the Swedish castles are quite unique in their kind and some boast large art collections that visitors can take part in.

Gripsholm Castle was founded by Gustav Vasa himself in 1537. Here, among other things, one of Europe's best-preserved 18th-century theaters is housed in a circular Renaissance tower.
Gripsholm Castle was founded by Gustav Vasa himself in 1537. Here, among other things, one of Europe’s best-preserved 18th-century theaters is housed in a circular Renaissance tower.

Gripsholm Slott

Gripsholm Slott, in Mariefred (Sörmland, just south of Stockholm), is one of the eleven royal castles of Sweden. King Gustav Vasa had the castle built in the early 16th century. The Vripberg Gripsholm holds a four-hundred-year history. Here are the country’s foremost examples of convenience from the time of the Vasa kings and one of Europe’s most well-preserved 18th-century theaters. Highlights include the state’s portrait collection – Sweden’s celebrities hang on Gripsholm. The castle is decorated with furniture and artwork from four different centuries. The highlights of the castle include an authentic 16th century room, a theater from the 18th century and the portrait gallery. The castle is located on Lake Mälar. The royal family used this castle for a long time as a (summer) residence. In the 18th century, the castle even served as a prison.

Visit the official website of the Gripsholm Slott.

Kalmar Castle displays both permanent exhibitions, which tell the castle's dramatic history, and temporary exhibitions with different themes.
Kalmar Castle displays both permanent exhibitions, which tell the castle’s dramatic history, and temporary exhibitions with different themes.

Kalmar Slott

The history of the legendary castle dates back 800 years. For a long time, Kalmar Castle was an important defense facility, which was called the key of the kingdom because of its strategic location. Since then, several kings have ruled the castle and many have made their own mark on it. The castle’s ancestry dates back to the 12th century. This is where the Kalmar Union was signed in 1397 and already during the time of the Vasa kings in the 16th century, the castle got its present appearance.

At Kalmar’s most outdated landmark, most things look like it did in 1592. But there is still much left to discover! Join exciting ghost walks and guided tours of the dungeons. See our permanent exhibitions, which include tells about the Kalmar Union, the Kalmar War and the time of the Vasa kings at the castle. Or attend one of all the events that succeed each other at Kalmar Castle during the year.

Visit the official website of the Kalmar Slott.

Travel back in time at Örebro's old royal palace. Here you can go on exciting ghost walks, look for treasures and go on guided tours.
Travel back in time at Örebro’s old royal palace. Here you can go on exciting ghost walks, look for treasures and go on guided tours.

Örebro Slott

Örebro Castle is located on an islet in Svartån in Örebro, Närke. The castle has the shape of a rectangle with elaborate circular towers in the corners and contains about 80 rooms, in addition to the basement which has been used as a prison. The first time Örebro castle is mentioned is 1364 when Duke Albrekt of Mecklenburg in a letter to Rostock says he has “conquered duo castra, Sundby and Örebro”, but probably the castle is much older than that. During the Middle Ages the castle was besieged many times and inhabited by both kings and chiefs, both Swedes and Danes.

Visit the official website of the Örebro Slott.

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