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41 Best Swedish Castles, Palaces and Manor Homes (Photos)


Fabulous collection of castles, palaces and manor houses in Sweden. The variety in design, size and colors in impressive. I love the Swedish manor house designs... very stylish and elegant.

Trolle-Ljungby Castle

Trolle-Ljungby Castle

Welcome to our epic Swedish castles gallery. I had the good fortune to tour a good bit of Southern Sweden a few years ago and visited many significant buildings and structures.  It’s an incredible country and Stockholm is one of the nicest cities I’ve visited.

The country house is important in Sweden.  Many families who have residences in a city also have a country home… perhaps not to the scale of the country manor homes below, but a nice home nevertheless.  If you get a chance to go to Sweden, go.  It’s a great place to visit and tour (getting around on the train is a breeze).

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Angso Castle

Angso Castle

The Ängsö Castle in Västerås, Sweden was the property King Canute I of Sweden that he had inherited the property after his father, Eric IX of Sweden. The castle came into possession of multiple families, most notably are Sparre and Piper families, who made the extension and modifications to the castle. It acquired its present appearance from architect Carl Hårleman in the mid 18th century. Ängsö Castle was owned by the Piper family from 1710 until 1971 when it was passed onto the Westmanna foundation. Today, the castle is open to the public.

About the Ängsö Castle

  • Where: Västerås, Sweden
  • When: Reconstructed in the 18th century
  • Who built it: Reconstructed by architect Carl Hårleman
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Westmanna foundation
Borgeby castle

Borgeby castle

Located in the Lomma Municipality, the Borgeby Castle was originally a 10th-century fortress by Harald Gormsson, an early Norwegian and Danish King. It was then reconstructed in the 12th century over the old fortress, following the Trelleborg type design that is very popular during the Viking Age. The castle underwent multiple renovations over the centuries and hosted many aristocratic families before it came to the possession of Hanna and Ernst Norlind. After the Hanna and Ernst passed away, the castle was passed on to and maintained by the Hanna and Ernst Norlind Foundation.

About the Borgeby castle

  • Where: Lomma Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 12th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style:
  • What is it now? Museum
  • Current owner: Hanna and Ernst Norlind Foundation
Borgesund Castle

Bogesund Castle

A castle in the municipality of Vaxholm, the Bogesund Castle built by Per Brahe the Younger in 1640 has the original building as its core. The castle underwent to a dramatic rebuilding between 1864 and 1867, when it was rebuilt into a medieval romantic style at the behest of Nils Albrekt von Lantingshausen von Höpken. Later on, using a special law “lex Bogesund”, the state redeemed the property in 1946 and was declared a building memorial in 1949 managed by the Danish Building Agency.

About the Bogesund Castle

  • Where: Municipality of Vaxholm, Sweden
  • When: 1640
  • Who built it: Per Brahe the Younger
  • Style: Norman style / Medieval romantic style
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: National Property Agency
Christinehof castle

Christinehof castle

The Christinehof Castle was built between 1737 and 1740 in the German Baroque style by Christina Piper, naming the property after herself. The first estate where the castle originated was from the 14th century and was named Sjöstrup owned by a German noble named Snakenborg. Christina Piper bought the property in 1725.

About the Christinehof castle

  • Where: Tomelilla Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 1737-1740
  • Who built it: Christina Piper
  • Style: German Baroque style
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Kingdom of Sweden
Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace

The Drottningholm Palace is the current private residence of the Swedish royal family located in Drottningholm. The castle originated from a Renaissance building by John III of Sweden in 1580 for his queen, Catherine Jagellon. However, a year after Hedwig Eleonora’s role as Queen of Sweden ended, the castle was consumed by a massive fire. Hedwig Eleonora then commissioned architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder to rebuild the castle under a new design. French Baroque and Italian Classical influenced the appearance of the castle. After the reconstruction, Hedwig Eleonora made the castle her private residence until her death and ever since, the Drottningholm Palace continuously serve Swedish royal family as their private residence.

About the Drottningholm Palace

  • Where: Drottningholm, Sweden
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Hedwig Eleonora
  • Style: French Baroque and Italian Classical influence
  • What is it now? Residence of the Swedish Royal Family / UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Current owner: Swedish Royal Family
Ekebyhovs manor house

Ekebyhov Castle

Ekebyhov Castle is a castle located in Ekerö Municipality, Sweden. It was built in 1670 by Field Marshal Count Carl Gustaf Wrangel, replacing the former stone castle founded by Klas Horn in the 16th century. The Ekebyhov Castle had several ownership changes, the last family who owned the castle was Ihre family until 1980 before the State of Sweden took over.

About the Ekebyhov Castle

  • Where: Ekerö Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 1670
  • Who built it: Field Marshal Count Carl Gustaf Wrangel
  • Style:
  • What is it now? Municipal Conference Center / Cultural Activities Center
  • Current owner: State of Sweden
Ekenas castle

Ekenas castle

Ekenäs Castle is located in Linköping Municipality in Sweden and was built in the 17th century on top of the foundations of a medieval fortress from the 14th century. As one of the best-preserved Renaissance castles in Sweden, Ekenäs Castle is and has always been, a privately owned property, but visitors are welcome during the summer.

About the Ekenas castle

  • Where: Linköping Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Privately owned / Open to the public during the summer
  • Current owner: Private owner
Ellinge castle

Ellinge castle

The Ellinge Castle located in Eslöv Municipality has a rich history dating from the 13th century. It was owned by the most powerful Danish families over the past centuries and is one of Skåne’s oldest castles. Today it serves as a restaurant with estate-grown wheat and barley vodka along with Ellinge Castle’s very own spring, rich in minerals and iron. The castle is also available for rent for conferences, wedding and event services.

About the Ellinge castle

  • Where: Eslöv Municipality, Sweden
  • When: Unclear
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Restaurant / Events and conferences venue
  • Current owner: Unclear
Gripsholm Castle

Gripsholm Castle

Gripsholm Castle

Gripsholm Castle

The Gripsholm Castle is a Swedish royal fortification and residence located in Mariefred. Built by Gustav Vasa in 1537, the Gripsholm Castle remains the finest example of Swedish architecture of the Vasa dynasty, combining a Renaissance interior with a Medieval exterior. It currently serves as a museum and is still part of the Crown palaces in Sweden.

About the Gripsholm Castle

  • Where: Mariefred, Sweden
  • When: 1537
  • Who built it: King Gustav I
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Museum / National Portrait Gallery of Sweden / Crown palaces in Sweden
  • Current owner: Kingdom of Sweden
Gunnebo Castle

Gunnebo Castle

Located in Mölndal Municipality, Sweden, the Gunnebo House was built by the architect of Gothenburg, Carl Wilhelm Carlberg at the behest of John Hall, one of the wealthiest men in Gothenburg in his time. Its purpose was to serve as John Hall’s summer residence and was designed in Neoclassical style. After the death of John Hall the Elder, the possession of the Gunnebo was passed onto his son, John Hall the Younger. However, the latter lacked knowledge in business and went into bankruptcy and later on died without an heir. Gunnebo then went onto several owners before being bought by Wilhelm Denninghoff as a wedding gift to Carl and Hilda Sparre. The Sparre family then went on to live in the house until Hilda’s death in 1948. The Gunnebo was then sold to the town of Mölndal. The Gunnebo House has hosted noble guests such as King Gustav III of Sweden and Marie Thérèse of France. King Gustav V also visited the house along with U.S. President George W Bush.

About the Gunnebo Castle

  • Where: Mölndal Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Architect Carl Wilhelm Carlberg for John Hall
  • Style: Neoclassical style
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Town of Mölndal
Hjularod slott

Hjularod slott

A castle in Eslöv Municipality, Scania, the Hjularöd Castle was built in 1894-1897, although it was first mentioned in 1391. Built at the behest of chamberlain Hans Gustaf Toll, architects Isak Gustaf Clason and Lars Israel Wahlman followed the French Gothic style. It is currently owned by the Bergengren family since 1926 and is not open to the public.

About the Hjularod Castle

  • Where: Eslöv Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 1894-1897
  • Who built it: Hans Gustaf Toll
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Private property
  • Current owner: Bergengren family
Johannishus castle

Johannishus castle

 

Johannishus castle

Johannishus castle

The Johannishus Castle in Ronneby Municipality, Sweden is owned by Wachtmeister family since 1684 and is the largest estate in Blekinge Region. The current building was completed in 1772 in Neoclassical style.

About the Johannishus Castle

  • Where: Ronneby Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Wachtmeister family
  • Style: Neoclassical style
  • What is it now? Private property
  • Current owner: Wachtmeister family
Kalmar Castle

Kalmar Castle

The Kalmar Castle was built replacing the old 1180 defense tower. Originally built as a defensive fortress, Its purpose is to protect the area from attacks by pirates and other enemies. The fortress lived up to its purpose, as it successfully defended the City of Kalmar since its foundation. During the 16th century, King Gustav I and his sons King Eric XIV and King John III transformed the medieval fortress into a Renaissance style castle fit for a king. The castle then suffered heavy damages and fell into disrepair in the following centuries until it was restored by architect Fredrik Wilhelm Scholander in the 19th century and became one of Sweden’s best-preserved Renaissance castles and is open to the public.

About the Kalmar Castle

  • Where: Kalmar City, Sweden
  • When: Reconstructed in the 16th century
  • Who built it: Reconstructed by King Gustav I, King Eric XIV and King John III
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: City of Kalmar
Kastellet fortress

Kastellet fortress

The Kastellet is one of the best-preserved fortresses in Northern Europe. Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, it is a star-shaped fortress originally built by Frederik III in 1626. It has eight buildings inside including the famous Commander’s House, which is now the official residence of the Danish Chief of Defence. Today, the Kastellet is an active military area that belongs to the Danish Defence Ministry. It also houses a museum and is open to the public.

About the Kastellet

  • Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Frederik III
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Danish Defence Ministry
  • Current owner: Kingdom of Denmark
Kronovalls castle

Kronovall castle

Although first mentioned in the early 1600s, the Kronovall’s main building was constructed in 1760 in French Baroque style designed by Isak Gustaf Clason. Currently, it is a hotel, restaurant, a wine chateau, and a private residence.

About the Kronovall Castle

  • Where: Tomelilla Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 1760
  • Who built it: Isak Gustaf Clason
  • Style: French Baroque style
  • What is it now? Hotel / Restaurant / Wine chateau / Private residence
  • Current owner: Private owner

Lacko castle

Lacko castle

Lacko castle

Located on Kållandsö island, the Läckö Castle was originally a fort that consists of three houses surrounded by a wall. It suffered great damage from a massive fire during the mid 15th century and was reconstructed and expanded by bishop Brynolf Gerlachsson. It was then acquired by King Gustav Vasa, who passed the property to Field Marshal Jacob Pontusson De la Gardie. The Field Marshal then started modifying the castle followed by Count Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie, who added major construction on the property. Currently, Läckö Castle is a national monument managed by the National Property Board.

About the Läckö Castle

  • Where: Lidköping, Sweden
  • When: Reconstructed in the 15th century
  • Who built it: Reconstructed by bishop Brynolf Gerlachsson
  • Style: Swedish Baroque style
  • What is it now? National monument
  • Current owner: National Property Board
Lofstad castle

Lövstad castle

The Lövstad Castle originated in the 15th century, but the present building was constructed in the 17th century by Axel Lillie. It was then owned by the von Fersen family through Hedvig Catharina De la Gardie, then was acquired by the Piper Family through Sophie Piper. After being passed through nobles after nobles, the Kingdom of Sweden claimed the castle making it a museum open to the public with guided tours.

About the Lövstad Castle

  • Where: Östergötland, Sweden
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Axel Lillie
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Museum / Open to the public / Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Kingdom of Sweden
Manbor House in Lovstabruk

Manor House in Lovstabruk

This beautiful manor in Lövstabruk was built by Jean Eric Rehn in the 18th century. It was originally an ironworks founded by local farmers during the 16th century and was sold to Gimo-Österby AB in 1917. Shortly after, the iron production ceased. Today, the Town of Lövstabruk lets tourist enter the manor on guided tours.

About the Lovstabruk Manor House

  • Where: Lövstabruk, Sweden
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Jean Eric Rehn in the 18th century
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction
  • Current owner: Town of Lövstabruk
Orebro castle

Örebro castle

A medieval castle in Örebro, Närke, Sweden, the Örebro Castle was originally built as a defense fortress in the mid 14th century by King Magnus Eriksson. It was then converted into a Renaissance castle during the reign of Duke Charles and largely lost its role as a stronghold. The Governor of Örebro County in 1764 made the castle his personal residence. It was then acquired by the State of Närke and made it a state building monument since 1935.

About the Örebro Castle

  • Where: Lövstabruk, Sweden
  • When: 14th century
  • Who built it: King Magnus Eriksson
  • Style: Renaissance style / Neoclassical style
  • What is it now? National Monument
  • Current owner: State of Närke
Orebro castle

Orebro castle

Orenas Castle

Örenäs Castle

The Örenäs Castle in Landskrona Municipality, Scania is a German Baroque style castle built in 1914-1918. Known as the youngest castle in both Scania and Sweden, the Örenäs Castle currently serves as a hotel and conference center with a public restaurant.

About the Örenäs Castle

  • Where: Landskrona Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 1914-1918
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: German baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Hotel and restaurant / Conference center
  • Current owner: State of Scania
Österbybruks manor

Österbybruks manor

Österbybruk is a well-preserved ironworks built during the 18th century. It was built by the Grill family at the behest of King Gustav I of Sweden. It was passed on through generations until it was closed and became a tourist attraction open to the public for viewing.

About the Österbybruks Manor

  • Where: Österbybruks, Sweden
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Grill family
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction / Open for guided tours
  • Current owner: Locality of Österbybruks
Palsjo Estate

Pålsjö Castle

Located in Helsingborg Municipality, Scania, Pålsjö Castle was built in the 17th century in Neo-Renaissance style by Magnus Paulin, the Mayor of Helsingborg. The castle underwent many restorations throughout the years, then the city of Helsingborg bought the estate during the 20th century. In 2006, it was sold to a private company.

About the Pålsjö Castle

  • Where: Pålsjö Castle, Sweden
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Magnus Paulin
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Private property
  • Current owner: Private owner
Red castle

Red castle

Rosendal palace

Rosendal palace

Rosendal palace

Rosendal Palace

Located on Djurgården, the Rosendal Palace is a Swedish palace pavilion built for the first Bernadotte King of Sweden, King Karl XIV Johan in 1823-1827. He commissioned Fredrik Blom, one of the leading architects of the time to lead the construction on his very own European Empire-style palace, also known as Karl Johan style architecture. Currently, the palace is open to the visitors for guided tours.

About the Rosendal Palace

  • Where: Djurgården, Sweden
  • When: 1823-1827
  • Who built it: King Karl XIV Johan
  • Style: European Empire style
  • What is it now? Open to the public for guided tours
  • Current owner: Kingdom of Sweden
Sofiero Castle

Sofiero Castle

The Sofiero Palace in Helsingborg Municipality, Scania was one of the Swedish royal family’s country mansions. It was built in 1864 using the Dutch Renaissance style by Crown Prince Oscar of Sweden and his wife Sophia of Nassau. They expanded and improved the estate while living there during every summer together with their daughter, the later on Danish Queen Ingrid. In 1950, Prince Gustaf Adolf became the King of Sweden and gave the Sofiero to his second wife Lady Louise Mountbatten to serve as her official summer residence. After King Gustaf VI Adolf died, he left the Sofiero to the city of Helsingborg through his last will and testament so that the general public could enjoy the beauty of Sofiero as much as he had.

About the Sofiero Palace

  • Where: Helsingborg Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 1864
  • Who built it: Crown Prince Oscar of Sweden and Sophia of Nassau
  • Style: Dutch Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: City of Helsingborg
Steninge Manor

Steninge Manor

The Steninge Palace is a Baroque palace built in 1694-1698 following the design of architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger directly inspired by Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in France. It was commissioned by Carl Gyllenstierna and gave it as a wedding gift to his bride, Anna Soop. This palace had several owners in the past, but now it is owned by the Steninge Palace Cultural Center, which kept the Manor open for visitors up to this date.

About the Steninge Manor

  • Where: Steninge, Sweden
  • When: 1694-1698
  • Who built it: Nicodemus Tessin the Younger
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Open for visitors
  • Current owner: Steninge Palace Cultural Center
Teleborg Castle

Teleborg Castle

Teleborg Castle

Teleborg Castle

The Teleborg Castle is a medieval-style castle built in 1900 by architect firm Lindvall & Boklund. It was commissioned by count Fredrik Bonde af Björnö for his wife Anna Koskull. 17 years after the couple’s death, the castle finds its purpose as a girls’ school and rental accommodation. However, in 1964 the estate was bought by the City of Växjö from the Bonde family to serve as entertaining, wedding and conference venue.

About the Teleborg Castle

  • Where: Växjö, Sweden
  • When: 1900
  • Who built it: Architect firm Lindvall & Boklund
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Wedding and conference venue
  • Current owner: City of Växjö
Tido Castle

Tido Castle

The Tidö Castle originated from a medieval house built by the Gren family in the fifteenth century. The Gren family sold the castle to the Queen Consort, Margaret Leijonhufvud in 1537, however, her husband, King Gustav Vasa, traded the castle to Ekolsund Castle and Tidö came to the Tott family. The present castle was then built by the influential statesman and Lord High Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna in 1625–1645 following the Dutch Renaissance style. Later in 1889, the von Schinkel family purchased Tidö and they still own it today.

About the Tidö Castle

  • Where: Västerås, Sweden
  • When: 1625–1645
  • Who built it: Lord High Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna
  • Style: Dutch Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Von Schinkel family

 

Tjoloholm castle

Tjoloholm castle

Tjoloholm castle

Tjoloholm castle

Tjoloholm castle

Tjolöholm castle

the Tjolöholm Castle built 1898-1904, in Halland, Sweden is a country house designed by architect Lars Israel Wahlman in Tudor architecture. It became a registered historic building since 1991.

About the Tjolöholm Castle

  • Where: Halland, Sweden
  • When: 1898-1904
  • Who built it: Architect Lars Israel Wahlman
  • Style: Tudor architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Gothenburg City Council
Torup castle

Torup castle

Located in Svedala Municipality in Scania, the Torup Castle was built in the 16th century by Görvel Fadersdotter (Sparre). The castle had to be restored between 1602-1630, giving the castle its present appearance. In 1775 of May 21st, a tragic accident happened at Torup Castle where Cornet Fredrich Trolle along with his aunt Frederica Harms and her sisters Brita Sophia Trolle and Elisabeth Augusta Trolle drowned after their boat capsized while on a rowing trip. Later on, the Torup Castle was owned by Stjernblad and Coyet families, then acquired by the Malmö municipality in 1970.

About the Torup Castle

  • Where: Svedala Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Görvel Fadersdotter (Sparre)
  • Style: Renaissance style / Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Historical museum / Open to the public
  • Current owner: Malmö municipality
Tosterup medieval castle

Tosterup medieval castle

The Tosterup Castle in Tomelilla Municipality had countless owners in the past hundreds of years. It was built in the 15th century, however, there are records showing that the Grim and Brahe families already lived in the castle dating back from the 14th century. It was then extensively renovated in the 18th century, giving the castle its present appearance. Currently, the owner of the castle is the Ehrensvärd family and is in private use.

About the Tosterup Castle

  • Where: Tomelilla Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 15th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Medieval architecture
  • What is it now? Private property
  • Current owner: Ehrensvärd family
Trolle-Ljungby Castle

Trolle-Ljungby Castle

Trolle-Ljungby Castle

Trolle-Ljungby Castle

Located in Kristianstad Municipality, Scania, the Trolle-Ljungby Castle originated as a medieval building by the Danish noble “Bille” family during the 14th and 15th centuries. It was reconstructed in Renaissance style in the 16th century, giving the castle its present form. Currently, the castle’s owners are Count Hans-Gabriel Trolle-Wachtmeister and his wife Countess Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister, the Swedish Mistress of the Robes.

About the Trolle-Ljungby Castle

  • Where: Kristianstad Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Private property
  • Current owner: Wachtmeister family
Trolleholm castle

Trolleholm castle

Originally named Kattesnabbe and later Ericholm, the Trolleholm Castle been known since 1424 but the exact date when it was founded is still unknown. Trolleholm Castle belonged to Thott family and Trolle family members. It was then reconstructed in the 18th century in Renaissance style. The current owner of the estate carries the family name Trolle-Bonde and has just closed the property permanently recently.

About the Trolleholm castle

  • Where: Svalöv Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 15th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Private property
  • Current owner: Trolle-Bonde family
Trollenas slott

Trollenas slott

Trollenas slott

Trollenas Castle

A castle located in Eslöv Municipality, Scania, the Trollenäs Castle is already known since the 14th century, and only served two families, the Thott and Trolle. The current building goes back to architect Ferdinand Meldahl’s French Renaissance design in the late 19th century, a renovated version of its original form back in 1559. Today, the castle is open to the public maintained by the Eslöv Municipality.

About the Trollenäs Castle

  • Where: Eslöv Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 14th century
  • Who built it: Unclear
  • Style: French Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Eslöv Municipality
Tullgarn Palace

Tullgarn Palace

Tullgarn Palace

Tullgarn Palace

The Tullgarn Palace located in the province of Södermanland was built in the 1720-1727 by architect Joseph Gabriel Destain at the behest of Magnus Julius De la Gardie. When Duke Fredrik Adolf claimed the castle, he immediately ordered the modernization of the palace in neoclassical style. King Gustaf V took over the ownership in 1881 and together with his consort Victoria, the royal couple used the palace as their summer residence. It is currently open to the public maintained by the Södertälje Municipality.

About the Tullgarn Palace

  • Where: Södertälje Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 1720-1727
  • Who built it: Magnus Julius De la Gardie
  • Style: Rococo architecture / Gustavian style / Victorian style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owner: Södertälje Municipality
Uppsala Castle

Uppsala Castle

A 16th-century royal castle in the historic city of Uppsala, the Uppsala Castle played a major role in the history of Sweden. King Gustav I Vasa ordered the construction of this renaissance castle in 1549 when Sweden was becoming a great power in Europe. It was modified by Kings Erik XIV, John III, and Charles IX and became the residence of the County Governor of Uppsala County. Currently, the castle is also the site of the Uppsala Art Museum.

About the Uppsala Castle

  • Where: Uppsala, Sweden
  • When: 1549
  • Who built it: King Gustav I Vasa
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Uppsala Art Museum
  • Current owner: City of Uppsala
Vadstena Castle

Vadstena Castle

A former Royal Castle in Vadstena, the Vadstena Castle was originally built by King Gustav I in 1545 to serve as a fortress to protect Stockholm from enemies approaching from the south. This is also where King Gustav I married his third wife, Catherine Stenbock. The castle has been very well preserved since 1620 and is one of Sweden’s best examples of Renaissance architecture. The castle today has housed the Provincial Archives since 1899 and visitors can also find the Castle Museum with furniture, paintings, and portraits dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.

About the Vadstena Castle

  • Where: Vadstena, Sweden
  • When: 1545
  • Who built it: King Gustav I Vasa
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Provincial Archives / Castle Museum
  • Current owner: Vadstena Municipality
Vittskoevle Castle

Toppeladugård Castle

The Toppeladugård Castle located in Lund Municipality was the property bought by Christina Piper in 1720, which was originally a small farm belonging to Häckeberga Castle. She ordered the construction of the Toppeladugård and created a park around it. It was then reconstructed following the design of Lars Johan Lehming in 1918-1920. Today, it is privately owned and is not open to the public.

About the Toppeladugård Castle

  • Where: Vadstena, Sweden
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Christina Piper
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Private property
  • Current owner: Private owner
Vram Gunnarstorp

Vram Gunnarstorp

The Vrams Gunnarstorp Castle in Bjuv Municipality is a 17th-century castle originally built by Danish nobleman Jørgen Vind. It underwent extensive restoration during the 19th century under the direct order of Danish architect Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll.

About the Vrams Gunnarstorp Castle

  • Where: Bjuv Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Danish nobleman Jørgen Vind
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public by appointment
  • Current owner: Bjuv Municipality
Wanas Slott

Wanas Slott

The first known owner of Wanås Castle was the squire Eskild Aagesen in the 15th century. The castle was burned down during the Nordic Seven Years’ War and was rebuilt in the 16th century. After suffering damages from the war, Baroness Lena Sofia von Putbus commissioned extensive repairs for the castle and the ownership was transferred to the Wachtmeister family in the early 19th century. Currently, the family still owns the castle and turned it into a hotel and restaurant.

About the Wanås Castle

  • Where: Östra Göinge Municipality, Sweden
  • When: 15th century
  • Who built it: Unclear
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Hotel and Restaurant
  • Current owner: Wachtmeister family
Wrangel Palace

Wrangel Palace

A townhouse mansion on Riddarholmen islet in Stockholm, the Wrangel Palace has a long history used to be part of Gustav Vasa’s defense fortifications from the 1530s. The palace was rebuilt and expanded by architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder for Count Carl Gustaf Wrangel between 1652 and 1670 and was rebuilt once again in 1693 after suffering from a fire. The reconstruction and expansion made in 1693 was made because of a new purpose for the Wrangel Palace, to serve as a royal residence. It was the official Stockholm residence of the royal family until the Royal Palace of Stockholm was completed in 1754.

About the Wrangel Palace

  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: King Gustav I
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Townhouse
  • Current owner: City of Stockholm

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