Vadstena Castle, Lake Vättern, Sweden (with Map & Photos)

Vadstena Castle

Vadstena Castle is located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Vättern in Sweden. Its construction was completed in 1545, the castle was built for fortification purposes by order of King Gustav Vasa. In the middle of the 16th century, the government of Stockholm expected an attack by the Danes, which necessitated the construction of new fortifications. One of the most significant events in the history of the castle took place in 1552 when the wedding ceremony of the king and Katharina Stenbock took place within its walls.

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Vadstena Castle

The Vadstena Castle retained the status of a royal residence until 1716, and was later converted into a grain warehouse. The first large-scale reconstruction of the building took place already in the 20th century.Today, visitors to the castle can see many of its original elements, which have been carefully preserved. Over the long history of its existence, the castle has not actually undergone large-scale changes, but some innovations still took place.

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Vadstena Castle

The deep moat was converted several decades ago into a convenient parking for visitors, and one of the most beautiful premises was converted into a concert hall. Today, the castle is actively used for a variety of cultural events, and some of its rooms are used to store priceless art exhibits. Since 1988, visiting the Vadstena Castle is free, everyone can walk through its vast territory and appreciate the decoration of the ancient halls. You can see a lot of interesting things in them: old military weapons, collections of furniture and hunting trophies, collections of old paintings and sculptures. The old chapel has also been preserved in the fortress, which, among other buildings, has changed the least.

Vadstena Castle Map