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Skokloster Castle, Skokloster

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Skokloster Castle is located on Lake Mälaren between Stockholm and Uppsala. It was built in the Baroque style between 1654 and 1676 by the wealthy military commander count Carl Gustaf Wrangel. The castle was designed mainly by architect Caspar Vogel, but other architects involved were Jean de la Vallée and Nicodemus Tessin the Elder. When Wrangel died, the castle passed into the hands of the Brahe family. In 1967 the castle and its contents were sold by the family to the Swedish government; the family still resides in the vicinity.The castle is a monument to the Swedish Age of Greatness, a period in the middle of the 17th century when Sweden expanded to became one of the major powers in Europe. The death of Wrangel in 1676 meant that the castle was never truly completed. The Brahe family who inherited the castle after Wrangel's death, had their own family castles and did not complete the interiors. Thus the large banqueting hall remains largely in the same condition as the builders left it in the summer of 1676. It is now called the Unfinished Hall. Skokloster Castle is the only building in Europe with a complete 17th-century building site of equal authenticity. Alongside the Unfinished Hall there are a number of other related items from the same period, as several hundred tools and about a dozen books on construction.The much needed renovation that was made in the 1970s by architect Ove Hidemark constitutes a benchmark in Swedish conservation techniques. Hidemark then used the same materials and building techniques as used in the 17th century.
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  • A very well-preserved Castle. Beautiful decor and many interesting portraits. Well told story of the Castle.
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  • I adore this place. Exterior is beautiful with a peaceful surrounding. Interior is fantastic with many original furniture and paintings. I strongly recommend to those who have an interest especially i...  more »
  • The castle is well worth a visit. Inside are several rooms richly furnished and a collection of paintings and antiques. Outside, the scenery is pleasant, with the lake as a backdrop.  more »
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  • The best castle in Sweden I've seen. Free entry. A nice cafe with affordable prices
  • Nice "fika" in a baroque castle from the 17th century!
  • Awesome view. .. Swedish nature at it's best
  • Great tour
  • Really cold and dark inside. But there is beautiful view from the shore.