Right by the clear water of Lake Vättern lays Vadstena Castle, a majestic building from the middle of the 16th century and one of the finest early-Renaissance buildings in the Nordic region. Discover the history and enjoy the majestic views.
The Castles history
The town of Vadstena was of considerable interest for the monarchs in Sweden. Bjälboätten, also known as Folkungaätten, built a red brick palace in the middle of the 13th century. The palace was later donated by King Magnus and Queen Blanka to the Bridettine Order and was rebuilt as convent. During the 15th and early 16th centuries the town grew around the abbey and became one of the most important pilgrimages in Europe.
By order of King Gustav Vasa the construction of Vadstena castle begun in 1545. The castle was built for defences and was therefore provided with heavy defences such as gun turrets, ramparts and moats. King Gustav Vasas son, Johan III later rebuilt the fortress into a Continental style Renaissance palace. It took 75 years to turn the fortress into a Renaissance palace and the construction was characterized by multiple architects and designers.
The Castle today
The castle is today a museum and open for visitors and tourists. Guides tours are held as well as events such as Christmas markets, concerts and midlevel days. During the summer the so called Wedding hall hold opera performances by Vadstena Akademien. The castle also holds one of Sweden’s regional archives.
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