Gripsholms Vardshus and Hotel

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Kyrkogatan 1, Mariefred, Mariefred, 64723, Sweden
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More about Mariefred


Theentrance of the castle.Theentrance of the castle.

The quiet little village of MariefredThe quiet little village of Mariefred

The quiet little village of MariefredThe quiet little village of Mariefred

Jams and juices and all kinds of local 'goodies'Jams and juices and all kinds of local 'goodies'

Travel Tips for Mariefred

Stroll around

by Sjalen

Mariefred town itself is a great place to just stroll in when you have had time to see the castle. The tourist office is in the nice yellow court house building in the main square and can give you more tips, but Callanderska is one of the many nice wooden townhouses with green and pleasant inner yards in Mariefred, typical of Swedish wooden towns. A stroll along the waterfront is also nice. Gripsholm's theatre had me stunned...

Medieval market and tournament

by Sjalen

In July, there is often a market and tournament week. A grass plain in the town centre is taken over by jousting knights (entrance fee, but tickets are readily available for most performances or can be pre booked at the tourist information) and there is a market full of medieval jousting and juggling things, mead etc. whilst you can also try archery and your children can paint shields and swords etc. Check for the exact dates when it gets close.

Sunset and Sunrise in Mariefred

by sim1

The daylight hours (hours between sunrise and sunset) vary a lot between the winter and summer months. People may expect to see the midnight sun during the summer, because they are in Scandinavia. But this is not true for Mariefred, because you are not far enough north in the country.

In December you will only have 6 hours to enjoy the day. The sun will get up around 8:30 in the morning but is already setting again before 3 o'clock in the afternoon and that doesn't leave you that much time to do some sightseeing.

In June it is a totally different world, and I love this time of year. Around the longest day (21 June) you will experience the long looooong days! There are 18,5 hours of daylight during those days, the day seems to last forever. The only disadvantage is when you are a light sleeper, as the night only last 5,5 hours.

Average hours of daylight:
Jan 6,9
Feb 9,3
Mar 11,8
Apr 14,5
May 17
Jun 18,6
Jul 17,9
Aug 15,5
Sep 12,9
Oct 10,2
Nov 7,7
Dec 6,1

Go swimming!

by Sjalen

OK, so the weather in this picture isn't that inspiring, but as I am typing this, we have had 30 degrees C for days, and a week of tropical nights (nigh temperature above 20 degrees). Lake M?laren is full of little hideaways for a swim - just ask at the tourist information for the kind of beach you like. There closest one to the town is probably the beach at Mariefred Camping.

The area Lake Mälaren

by sim1

Mariefred is located at Lake Mälaren, which is the third in size lake in Sweden. It has a climate quiet different compared to other close by areas. It is more humid and warmer in the summer, but not as cold in the winter. This has created a specific flora and also a special fauna. Several species of flowers and trees only grow around Lake Mälaren and in the south of Sweden. The mistletoe for instance is rather rare in Sweden but we can see dozens of them from our window.

Many fortifications and castles have been built around the lake. You can for instance visit 5 Royal Castles by boat on a 6-hour trip roundtrip from Stockholm. This building of fortification and permanent settlements began early, around 5000 BC, and there are many fort hills and archeologically sites around.

Everyone has probably heard about the Vikings, and you can still find lots about them in this area. I live only a 10 minutes walk from a very important Viking monument: The Sigurdsristningen. Being so close to a site like this makes me feel in touch with this part of Swedish history and has made me fascinated by the early history of Sweden. Around Lake Mälaren there are many spots where you can find signs of early culture, like in Birka and Sigtuna. Along the roads you can see a lot of Runic Stones.


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Address: Kyrkogatan 1, Mariefred, Mariefred, 64723, Sweden