Gripsholm Things to Do
This is a picture of the inner courtyard if the castle. To get into the castle you have to climb these stairs. Here is some practical information about the castle :Opening times 2007:May 15th - September 15th : daily 10:00 - 16:00The rest of the year the castle is unfortunately only open for pre-booked groups. Admission :Adults SEK 70...more
This is me taking a tour through Gripsholm castle. I could have taken a guided tour, but I had to wait for over half an hour, so I decided to buy a guidebook instead and explore the castle by myself. I was in luck though! Halfway my tour through the castle we bumped into a group with an English speaking guide and I was able to have a partially...more
This picture was taken in the Upper Armoury. In this room you can see the suits of armour used in the carousels and tournaments of Gustav III. The room is decorated with wolf nets and flags on the walls, which were still being used in the 19th century for local wolf hunts.Besides this you can also see a stuffed lion in the room. This lion was given...more
When you visit Gripsholm Castle, you musn't forget to visit the village of Mariefred as well. There is nothing really spectacular to see, but it's such a lovely quiet and picturesque village. I just loved the atmoshpere of this little town. There are a few attractions though in Mariefred that you might like to see. There is a steamtrain and a...more
These are the two Russian cannons you can see in the courtyard of Gripsholm castle. The bigger cannon was cast in 1579 and the smaller one in 1577. The cannons are quite big, and they are actually much larger than most cannons of that time. Both cannons were captured during the war and dragged back to Gripsholm Castle in 1623. Originally both...more
The theatre in Gripsholm castle is really impressive. I think it is the room in the castle that made the most impression on me. It was build by Gustav III in the 1780's in the old Church tower, now known as the theatre tower. Gustav III loved theatre and that really shows. The architecture of this room is fantastic and it has made the most use of...more
This is one of the beautiful windows in the throne room. The throne room is the biggest room in the Castle and was probably completed during the 1590's. Now it is used as a concert room, with a big piano where I think the throne used to be. This does take away the feeling of the original room, but it is still nice to look at some of the details in...more
The inside of the castle is huge! I sometimes had the idea I was lost inside the castle with its many rooms and corridors. Many of the rooms are decorated in the original style, like this room, the princess's bedchamber. The interior decorations in this particular room have remained virtually untouched since 1782. The painted Chinese silken...more
Gripsholm castle is beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Mälaren, next to the village of Mariefred. This is actually not the first castle that was built here. The first castle was build in the second half of the 14th century by Bo Johnsson Grip. And this name also explains part of the name of the castle : Gripsholm. The second part of the...more
With the steamboat Mariefred
Gripsholm Castle and Mariefred are 70 kilometres west of Stockholm. A fun way to get to the castle is by taking the coal-fired steamboat "SS Mariefred". The trip to get from Stockholm by steamboat to the castle takes 3.5 hours one way.
The S/S Mariefred is the last coal burning steamer in original condition. The steamboat sails every day (except Mondays) between Stockholm and Mariefred, but only during the summer month.
The departure time from Stockholm is 10.00, and it arrives at Mariefred 13.30. The steamship departs from Mariefred at 16.30 and arrives in Stockholm 20.00.
A return ticket costs 180 SEK (in 2003) and a one way: 120 SEK
You can read more about the steamship on this page : SS MariefredRelated to:
- Sailing and Boating
- Historical Travel
Gripsholm What to Pack
Sunset and Sunrise
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 Gripsholm, 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:
Gripsholm Off The Beaten Path
• Anundshög: old burial mounds from Viking Age.• Birka: ruins from old capital city of Sweden.• Mariefred with Gripsholm Castle. A picturesque village and a beautiful castle. In the castle is also the Swedish National Portrait Collection.• Sigtuna: old city with lots of historical background.• Sko Kloster: one of the most popular castles with a...more
• Eskilstuna: not a real tourist destination, but it has some nice places. My favourite of all is the Fors Kyrka (Fors Church). Also worth visiting is the Klosterkyrka, sculpture 'Hand of God' by Miles, the historic area of "Rademachersmedjorna" and the museum "Faktorimuseet".• Tidö slott: A beautiful castle with a toy museum.• Ängsö Castle: A...more
Gripsholm 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...more