"Gripsholm Castle" Mariefred Things to Do Tip by sim1
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When entering Mariefred by car, the most logical option would probably to park the car at Gripsholm Castle. But don't! I would suggest taking one exit later and driving a bit further into town. Take the next exit to the right instead towards the "Järnväg", which is the old train station, continue this road a tiny bit further and you'll get to a parking area, located close to the heart of Mariefred and across the water from Gripsholm, giving you some wonderful views over the castle (photo 1).
Of course you want/have to visit Gripsholm when going to Mariefred. This castle is the main reason why so many people visit Mariefred in the first place and not without reason. Gripsholm castle is beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Mälaren and was built in the second half of the 14th century by Bo Johnsson Grip.
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. The Castle is open to the public during the summer months, but it the grounds are open all year round, making it possible to make a stroll around the castle even when it is off-season.
You can read much more about the castle on my Gripsholm page
Directions: Gripsholm Castle is on an island in Lake Mälaren, about 70 km from Stockholm, next to the village of Mariefred.
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