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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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  • They have English audio tour. There was also a nice lunch in site. The castle is beautiful and is a must see. 
  • Here at the Castle, see Carl Gustav Wrangel's large and interesting collection of weapons from the 166-and 1700-tent. This exhibition is definitely worth a visit, in addition to the Castle and the Castle Park is an attraction in itself.
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  • Beautiful castle, the area also, the views are breathtaking..., but the scaffolding still scare. The castle is in the process of renovation and you cannot go inside, I recommend-but maybe in the spring!
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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.