Gripsholm Castle

Gripsholm Castle

On the shores of Lake Mälaren, Gripsholm Castle towers powerfully and fairytale-like over the idyllic small town of Mariefred in Södermanland. Gripsholm is known as Gustav Vasa's castle, as it was he who built the castle here in 1537.

Take time to wander slowly through the many rooms and winding passages. Gripsholm Castle is filled with over four-hundred years of history.

See the Swedish State's collection of portraits – featuring prominent Swedes from the days of Gustav Vasa to present day musician and composer Benny Andersson.

At Gripsholm you can take a royal stroll around the romantic castle grounds or meet the royal deer at the Hjorthagen nature reserve.

Come to Gripsholm and immerse yourself in Swedish history.

History and highlights of Gripsholm Castle

Photo: Raphael Stecksén/Royalpalaces.se

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Dungeons, armouries, canons, a stuffed lion. Hundreds of portraits, following you with their eyes down the winding corridors... bring you...

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Gripsholm Castle boasts a unique collection of furniture and artwork spanning four centuries. Built in the 1500s it was part of a new sys...

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Gripsholm Castle is home to the world's oldest national portrait gallery. This is also one of the world's largest portrait galleries, and...

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Welcome to a boutique that is something out of the ordinary. The Royal Gift Shop is a unique present and souvenir shop offering products ...

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A wander through the leafy castle park is like taking a walk through history. There have been many gardens over the ages here, and apples...

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Since the 1600s the deer field has been a pasture land belonging to the Gripsholm Royal Farm. Today it is a nature reservation with hundr...

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The palace gets its name from one of the personalities of medieval Sweden, Bo Jonsson Grip, by whom the first Castle was built in the sec...

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The model for this year’s Portrait of Honour is the food profile and restaurateur Leif Mannerström. The portrait was produced by the phot...

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The Polish-born Vasa queen left a strong impression on Sweden, from imprisonment to a cultural golden age.

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The queens at Gripsholm found themselves right at the centre of the action. This included the young queen who acquired the castle when sh...

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