Adress: approx 43 miles west of Stockholm, Mariefred at Lake Mälaren.
Make a visit to Gripsholm Castle at Lake Mälaren. The castle dates from the 16th century and here you can look at the National Portrait Collection and make a visit to the Castle Theater dating back to the 18th century. The castle is today a museum.
Which Swedish kings have lived in the castle? The first king who took over the monastery and made it to the castle was Gustav Vasa. He tore the castle which stood here earlier and built a castle in 1537. The castle was built in brick and demanded a lot of masons. The castle was to become a defense castle and consisted of four towers and a closed courtyard.
During the latter part of the 16th century, the hidden was built. After Gustav Vasa's death in 1560, the palaces began to decay, but his sons, among others, Erik XIV continued to supplement the castle. Two of Gustav Vasas children have been imprisoned in the castle. Johan III and his wife Katarina Jagellonica between 1563-1567. In 1571 Erik XIV was imprisoned with his family. The castle was used as a prison at the end of the 16th century until the beginning of the 17th century.
Between 1654 - 1715 Hedvig Eleonora lived at the castle (Karl X Gustav's wife). She built the Queen's Wing 1691. Between 1773-1785 Gustaf III spent a lot of time around autumn and Christmas. In 1781 a new theater was built where the former theater was from 1773. Between 1890 and 1899, major renovations were carried out at the castle. During the 20th century, a lot of renovations of the castle also took place both exterior and interior.
Gripsholm dates back to the end of the 14th century. The name Gripsholm is mentioned for the first time in May 1381 in a letter that has links to Bo Jonsson's family. Bo Jonsson's built a estate and a castle at the site at this time. After his death, the property was sold to Queen Margareta 1401.
In 1434 the castle was on fire. In 1472 the castle of Sten Sture's ownership came and in 1493 he donated the castle to the Carthusian Order. They erected a monastery on the site. Today there are only a few leftovers of the old castle at the castle's fortress.
||Lake Mälaren Cruise to Gripsholm Castle
Lake Mälaren Cruise to Gripsholm Castle
Go boat to Mariefred and make a visit to Gripsholm's castle which dates from 1537. The royal castle dates back to the Vatican era and here are things that have remained unchanged since the 16th century. There is also Gustav III theater in the area. The castle is very beautiful at Lake Mälaren. You go with Ångbåten S / S Mariefred. On board there is a cafeteria and you can also have lunch and dinner. Please reserve a seat.
Entrance to Gripsholm's castle is included in the ticket. You have about 3 hours for a visit to the castle.
Season: June 2 - Sept 9, 2019
Departs from: Klara Mälarstrand
Time: 10 hours - The boat departs from Stadshusbron at. 10.00 AM, arrival at Mariefred 1.30 PM. Return from Mariefred at. 4.30 PM, arrival Stadshusbron 8 PM
Free: Children under 6 years old.
Half price: Children between 6-15 years old.
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Little other things about the place:
The deer park next to the castle is known for its deer that runs freely in the park.
In 1781, Gustaf III let to build a theater in the castle. It was Erik Palmstedt who got the assignment. The theater is an extension next to a tower space. Lodges were built for royalty and servants. On the sides of the stage are gypsum sculptures by Johan Tobias Sergel. They represent the tragedy and comedy.
Well worth a visit!
In 1782, Gustaf III let go of a cavalry wing for his visits to the castle. They would live somewhere with their servants as the castle could not accommodate all visits. These rooms are said to have been a little low in height ..... the visitors' wigs went against the ceiling. To see these rooms keep your eyes open if they are included in the opening of "Secret Rooms" that are usually held at the end of May.