Sweden's largest private palace
Skokloster Castle is located on the shores of Lake Mälaren, between Stockholm and Uppsala. This castle on the Sko Peninsula, with its collections and its preserved environments, reflects on a grand scale the days when Sweden was a great power. Construction of the building began in 1654 by Carl Gustaf Wrangel, who was one of the most powerful men in Sweden in those days of glory.
The building is made of four floors of brick over a grey stone base. The work took a long time, and the party to celebrate the completion of the roof was not held until 1668. There was a shortage of both cash and manpower. When Carl Gustaf Wrangel died in 1676 the castle was still not entirely finished.
The castle was built to provide a beautiful location for entertainments. Wrangel was a collector and a consumer of luxuries, and he gradually built up a fabulous collection of furniture, art, books, tools, weapons and other objects. Wrangel's eldest daughter Margareta Juliana inherited the castle. She took over Skokloster together with her husband Nils Brahe. She instituted an entail in 1701, a form of ownership that means that future owners would have to keep the castle and its collections for later generations. Thanks to this, the castle's original furniture and fittings still remain to this day.
Skokloster is today a magnificent museum, with huge collections from the Baroque and other eras. On the ground floor of the castle there is a café and a museum shop. Just nearby you can visit the castle park, the thirteenth-century church and Skokloster Inn.
- Wheelchair ramp
- Guest harbour
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