Sweden is a land rich in medieval castles, amazing structures that tell stories about the military past of this country. Involved in many wars, Sweden had to built strong castles, engineering masterpieces meant to offer protection and to pass the test of time and calamities. However, most of these castles are not only strong structures built to face the enemies, but also beautiful architectural creations designed by talented architects.
Sweden is famous for its lovely castles, concentrated mostly in the southern part of these lands, the most populated area in the country. If you’re planning to visit the beautiful castles of Sweden, here are the three of the most beautiful castles in Sweden:
A castle like the Royal Palace of Stockholm is hard to miss during a trip to Sweden. This majestic structure that covers an area of 47,000 square meters dominates the Old Town of Stockholm, and the itineraries of tourists from all over the world who visit the capital of Sweden. Tourists have access to the castle’s beautiful courtyards, the State Room, the Royal Chapel, the Reception Rooms and many other spectacular rooms that are a part of this grandiose building.
The castle is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden and has over 600 rooms. It houses no less than five museums. It was built in the 18th century following the Italian Baroque style on the foundation of the “Tre Kronor” Castle, a structure that was burnt down in 1697. A must see is also the Changing of the guard event, which takes place at 12.15 pm on weekdays and 1.15 pm on Saturday.
The Drottningholm Palace is situated in the outskirt of Stockholm, on the Lovön Island. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this palace is set in stunning scenery, an idyllic location dominated by gardens and woodland.
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The castle was built in 1662 for Queen Hedvig Eleonora and today is considered to be the most beautiful and popular castle in Sweden. Often called the “Versailles of the North”, this castle enjoys a glamorous architectural style, but the interior is less opulent than the actual Versailles Palace in Paris.
The interior follows the early Baroque style and from the windows of its rooms the current residents, the Royal Family, can admire a splendid Baroque style garden that dates from the 17th century. Don’t miss a visit of the Court Theater and the Chinese Pavilion that comes with its own beautiful gardens.
This beautiful castle belongs to the Royal Castles in Sweden and is situated on the shores of Lake Malaren, in Mariefred, a location near Stockholm. The construction of this castle started in 1537 from the initiative of the King Gustav Vasa. Its interior houses a variety of styles that date from the 16th century to the 19th century.
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The Renaissance style interiors are among the most valuable treasures of Sweden and a must see during a tour of the castle. In the 1690s, from the orders of Queen Hedvig Eleonora, a patron of arts and architecture, the castle received a new wing that was designed by Nicodemus Tessin. Of the three most beautiful castles in Sweden we think this is the most beautiful!!
The castle was modernized in the 1740s, from the initiative of Crown Princess Lovisa Ulrika. In 1781, an impressive theater was build inside a former church by Gustav III, a real theater lover and also an actor in the plays performed on this stage. Today the castle is a museum and houses the National Portrait Gallery of Sweden, where tourists can admire portraits of artists such as Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman. The garden of this place is also a must see.
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