"Gripsholm castle" Mälaren Things to Do Tip by sim1

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  Gripsholm Castle
by sim1

We travel further along the lake to the west and the next stop is Gripsholm Castle. Gripsholm castle is beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Mälaren, next to the village of Mariefred, about 70 kilometres west of Stockholm. The castle was built in the second half of the 14th century by Bo Johnsson Grip. And this name also explains the name of the castle: Gripsholm.

In the castle you can see a lot of Swedish interior design from the 16th to the late 19th century. But the main thing the castle is known for is its great collection of portraits: the Swedish national collection. The number of portraits is huge, and it features prominent Swedes from the days of Gustav Vasa until now. Hahaha, you have to know some famous Swedes of course to really appreciate it. But there are a few names that you might know, like Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo.

Opening hours:
May 15th - September 15th: daily 10:00 - 4:00
September 16th - May 14th: Saturday-Sunday and holidays 12:00 - 3:00
Dec 21st - Jan 1st: Closed

Entrance fee: 60 SEK

You can read more about this castle on my Gripsholm page

Directions: Gripsholm Castle is located at Lake Mälaren
Beside the village of Mariefred
About 21 kilometres south east of Strängnäs
About 70 kilometreswest of Stockholm

Website: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/1c048/2fb75/

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 7, 2005
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