On the shores of Lake Mälaren, Gripsholm Castle towers powerfully and fairytale-like over the idyllic small town of Mariefred in Södermanland.
Gripsholm is known as Gustav Vasa's castle, as it was he who built the castle here in 1537. Gripsholm Castle is filled with over four-hundred years of history.
The Castle also houses the Swedish State's collection of portraits – featuring prominent Swedes from the days of Gustav Vasa to present day musician and composer Benny Andersson.
The castle is open weekends 12:00–15:00 until 30 November. The castle is open for stroll rounds. Guide books in several lungages are avialable.
Gripsholm Castle is situated in the town of Mariefred, on the banks of Lake Mälaren. There are plenty of other things to do in Mariefred – wander around Hjorthagen Park, visit Grafikens Hus graphic art gallery, take a ride on a historical steam train, or relax and enjoy delightful shops, restaurants and walks.
It's easy to get to Mariefred by car or train and it takes about 50 minutes from Stockholm Central.
How to get to Gripsholm Castle – visitors information
Read more about town Mariefred – external link to the tourism website of Strängnäs municipality