Gripsholm Castle, Mariefred, Sweden (with Map & Photos)

If you are preparing an itinerary to visit some of the best places in Sweden, take a note of Gripsholm Castle. And if you go on a trip to Stockholm and have a day to spare for an excursion… you have a destination! Gripsholm Castle is one of Sweden's must-sees.

Gripsholm Castle
Gripsholm Castle

The country we are talking about has a total of ten royal castles and Gripsholm is one of them. But before continuing to talk about him, let's get down to business. To get to this castle we have to go about 70 kilometers from Stockholm. Specifically to Mariefred, a town belonging to the small island of Lake Mälaren.

Gripsholm Castle
Gripsholm Castle

Having said that, we can now delve into the history of this castle that has its beginnings in 1537. It was then that what is now considered one of the most elegant castles in the country was built under the order of King Gustav Vasa.

He had it built on the ruins of a fortress that was demolished there. As we have said, it was King Gustav Vasa who made the decision to build this castle and since then, it has been passed from hand to hand but always belonging to the royal family. In fact, until 1713 it was the most important residence for this family.

Gripsholm Castle
Gripsholm Castle

Today, of course, it no longer serves as a home for any king or royal family. Instead, it is a building that houses a National Collection of Portraits that displays images from the time of Gustav Vasa to the present day. Although you should know that not only images of the royal family are exhibited, but there are also portraits of musical groups, for example. And it will take you a while to see all those images that are arranged chronologically.

But the truth is that the visit to Gripsholm Castle is not interesting simply to see this collection of picture frames. It is also interesting to see how the castle was arranged, walk its long corridors and visit the different rooms. If not, it is a very old castle and its furniture is also many years old.

Gripsholm Castle
Gripsholm Castle

In addition to this, you should know that Gripsholm Castle has truly beautiful gardens. There are cannons, Viking remains and a series of things that will delight the most curious.

Finally, keep in mind that it is surrounded by an unbeatable natural environment. In fact, we have already anticipated it before: it is located next to a lake. So the views from the castle are very nice. And it is that the lake and Mariefred, the town in which it is located, are also.

Gripsholm Castle Map