Visit Mariefred and the Gripsholm Castle
As one of the most popular tourist attractions of Sweden, the Gripsholm Castle is a beautiful architectural jewel. Located in Södermanland, on the shores of the Lake Mälaren, the castle lies near the town of Mariefred. If you would like to make a great day-out, I recommend you to visit Mariefred and the Gripsholm Castle. You will surely have a great time. Both are very attractive among tourists. The town is home to numerous visitor attractions, but the highlight of the area remains the fantastic castle. Visiting the castle and the town will surely fill your entire day, making you beautiful memories. Don’t miss it!
The town of Mariefred
If you arrive to Stockholm, you can take a steam ship taking you to Mariefred. It is with no doubt the most picturesque way to get to the town. With beautiful narrow streets, wooden houses of all colors and boatmen’s cottages, Mariefred is a charming Swedish town which is very attractive among visitors. It is absolutely a worth visiting town, offering fantastic local specialties and handicrafts.
The Gripsholm Castle
The majestic fairytale castle is a very attractive cultural landmark of Sweden. It has a picturesque setting, being located on the shores of the Lake Mälaren. Known as Gustav Vasa’s castle, the building was constructed in 1537. Gripsholm Castle offers 400 years of history. You can visit its numerous rooms and gardens, too. It also houses the Swedish State’s collection of portraits.
Besides, the unique Nature Reservation Gripsholm’s Hjorthage belongs to the Gripsolm Royal Farm. The reservation gives home to hundreds of deer and endangered species of lichens. You really shouldn’t miss this beautiful castle and the reservation. Visiting them will surely make an unforgettable experience.
The Palace Park of the castle
The Palace Park is as attractive as the castle itself, dating back in the 16th century. At the beginning a herb garden was cultivated here, being transformed into a beautiful Rococo garden during the 18th century. During the 19th century the garden has seen serious development, with trees planted and grass lawns laid down. Today many beautiful flowerbeds can be admired in the park. A large orchard also belongs to the Palace Park.
A guided tour of the castle takes about 45 minutes. Between 15 May and 30 September English-speaking guided tours begin at 15:00.
Between the 4th and 6th of January, respective the 18th and 21st of April the castle is open from 12:00 to 15:00. Between the 1st and 14th of May the castle is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 15:00. Between the 15th and 30th of May it is open daily from 10:00 to 16:00. Between the 1st of October and 31st of November it is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 15:00. The entry fee is SEK 120 for adults and SEK 60 for children. (December 2013)