The Castle, Gripsholm

The White Room, or Gustav III's round room at Gripsholm Castle. Photo: The Royal Court/Alexis Daflos.

The White Room, or Gustav III's round room at Gripsholm Castle. Photo: The Royal Court/Alexis Daflos.

Gripsholm Castle boasts a unique collection of furniture and artwork spanning four centuries.

The castle was built in the 1500s by Gustav Vasa. The castle's most renowned 16th century state room is Duke Karl's Chamber, which is one of the best-preserved interiors in Sweden from this period.

Duke Karl's Chamber. Photo: The Royal Court/Alexis Daflos.

Duke Karl's Chamber. Photo: The Royal Court/Alexis Daflos.

Gustav III's Theatre at Gripsholm. Photo: Nationalmuseum

Gustav III's Theatre at Gripsholm. Photo: Nationalmuseum

During the 17th century, known in Sweden as the “Great Power Period", Hedvig Eleonora commissioned significant changes and additions to the castle. And in the 18th century Gustav III fitted out the exquisite castle theatre in one of the round Renaissance towers of the castle. Today, the theatre is one of Europe's most well-preserved theatres from the 18th century.
Princess Hedvig Sofia by David K. Ehrenstrahl. Detail of oil painting. Photo: Nationalmuseum/Idha Lindhag.

Princess Hedvig Sofia by David K. Ehrenstrahl. Detail of oil painting. Photo: Nationalmuseum/Idha Lindhag.

Detail of Einar Nerman's portrait of actor Greta Garbo. Foto: Nationalmuseum.

Detail of Einar Nerman's portrait of actor Greta Garbo. Foto: Nationalmuseum.

Gripsholm Castle is also renowned internationally for its unique collection of portraits – the Swedish national collection – featuring prominent Swedes from the days of Gustaf Vasa down to the present.

4500 paintings at Gripsholm, makes the collection the largest in the world.

Each year the Gripsholm Castle Association commissions “portraits of honour" of prominent Swedes to add to the collection.
 
It is possible to visit Gripsholm all year round. Visitors are free to wander around themselves, or take a guided tour, during the sumer month. Group visitors can book in advance all year round. For more information see the menu.