Art and horses
Strömsholm's yellow, Baroque-style castle, in its delightful green setting, is a popular destination for a dayout. Bridal couples often choose the romantic castle chapel as the venue fortheir wedding ceremony. Things to see include the eighteenth century furnishings and a significant collection of Swedish paintings.
Queen Hedvig Eleonora was just 18 when she was given the Strömsholm estate as a dower. When she was widowed two years later, the dowager queen commissioned the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder to design a castle at Strömsholm. By the 1680s Strömsholm Castle was at last almost finished. Hedvig Eleonora never lived in the castle; it was another queen, Gustav III's consort Sofia Magdalena, who took possession of Strömsholmin the 1760s. The queen's bedchamber is today an example of Swedish interior design from the early Gustavian period.
Many people associate Strömsholm with horses, and in fact Gustav Vasa had a stud farm built here. From 1868 until 1968,Strömsholm was the site of the army's riding school. Today Strömsholm is again an equestrian centre, with a college and a high school for young people interested in Swedish equestrian sport. Every year major equestrian competitions are held in the castle park and its surroundings.
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