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    Painted stones at Gripsholm Castle

    by sim1 Updated May 2, 2005

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    Like a lot of castles, Gripsholm has been altered and added to several times since they first began to build the castle. There are some fun details you can notice of these additions and changes when you look at the castle.

    A fun detail of the castle gets visable when you click on the picture. The building on the left side is of a lighter and brighter colour than the rest of the castle and that is due to that the bricks are not real, but painted on as a pattern. They wanted to make the castle look like it was of all brick, and decided to paint the pattern of stones on the walls. It looks great when you look at the castle from a distance; it really looks like a 100% brick castle. But when you come closer you will notice that it is just a painted on decoration, instead of the original brick. Hahaha, I am still not sure if I like it, but it is a fun detail to watch.

    Inside the castle, at the part where the 'members of the court' lived, you can see some alterations. The 'court' got so big that they didn't have enough rooms in the castle to house all the people. It was of course a great honour to live in the castle, so that's where all the members of the court wanted to be.
    To solve this problem in this area of the castle, the ceilings of the rooms were lowered and an extra floor was created to give the members of the court more space to live. Hahaha, the fun thing to see though is that the windows have stayed the same, resulting that some windows are at weird heights in the room, and sometimes split between the two floors.


    You can read more about this castle on my Gripsholm page

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    Gripsholm castle

    by sim1 Updated May 2, 2005

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    We travel further along the lake to the west and the next stop is Gripsholm Castle. Gripsholm castle is beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Mälaren, next to the village of Mariefred, about 70 kilometres west of Stockholm. The castle was built in the second half of the 14th century by Bo Johnsson Grip. And this name also explains the name of the castle: Gripsholm.

    In the castle you can see a lot of Swedish interior design from the 16th to the late 19th century. But the main thing the castle is known for is its great collection of portraits: the Swedish national collection. The number of portraits is huge, and it features prominent Swedes from the days of Gustav Vasa until now. Hahaha, you have to know some famous Swedes of course to really appreciate it. But there are a few names that you might know, like Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo.

    Opening hours:
    May 15th - September 15th: daily 10:00 - 4:00
    September 16th - May 14th: Saturday-Sunday and holidays 12:00 - 3:00
    Dec 21st - Jan 1st: Closed

    Entrance fee: 60 SEK


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    Strängnäs, inside the cathedral

    by sim1 Updated May 2, 2005

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    The cathedral was built in 1280 on a beautiful spot, on a hill, towering over the city of Strängnäs. Strängnäs got its city rights in the same year, which makes it one of Sweden's oldest towns. In the Middle Ages Strängnäs was among the country's most important towns and the Bishop was the King's representative.

    The cathedral knows a lot of Swedish history; and several Swedish kings are buried here. On nice fact, hahaha, that not even all Swedes know, is that on June 6th 1523 Gustav Vasa was elected king of Sweden at Strängnäs Cathedral. This day has still a special meaning because today this day is celebrated as Sweden’s National Day.



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    Strängnäs and its beautiful Cathedral

    by sim1 Updated May 2, 2005

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    From Fiholm and Lake Söderfjärden it is only a short drive to get to Strängnäs. Strängnäs is a quiet little town in the beautiful lake area of the Mälaren, west of Stockholm. It's not really a tourist destination, but some parts of the city are nice to visit.

    The history of Strängnäs dates back to the Viking era. Strängnäs is actually one of Sweden's oldest towns and has played an important role as a church administrative centre in the middle Ages.

    Unfortunately large parts of Strängnäs were destroyed by fire in 1871, but luckily some areas were spared. These are the parts of the town that are worth looking at. One area is around the old windmill, and the other is the cathedral. Around the windmill and the cathedral you can still find some of the old houses. The Cathedral is an absolute must see when you are in Strängnäs, so don't miss it when you go here!

    There is a little harbour in Strängnäs that gives the city a nice atmosphere. I've only done a quick visit to the city, but I did spend some time in the cathedral.



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    "Hand of God", Sculpture by Carl Milles

    by sim1 Updated May 2, 2005

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    A sculpture in Eskilstuna that I love is this one by Carl Milles. It is located in the city park Stadsparken and it is called "Hand of God". When you are at the Kloster Church (see previous tip) follow the river a little bit, and you can see this sculpture towering high above you close to the river bank.

    This sculpture "Hand of God" is from 1954 and is one of Milles' most well-known sculptures. It can be found in different parts of the world, in the USA, in Japan, Australia and Indonesia. The original, however, is in Sweden, right here in Eskilstuna.



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    Kloster Church in Eskilstuna

    by sim1 Updated May 2, 2005

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    This is the main church in Eskilstuna and it is hard to miss seeing it when you visit this town. It is on the other side of the Eskilstunaån river from the downtown area. The church is surprisingly new, it was built from 1925 to 1929. I have to admit I always thought it was much older than that. They were able to build this church because of the foundation of Widow Jeanette Zetterberg from 1867. She was richest woman ever in Eskilstuna and donated a lot for charity, for example money for a new hospital.

    The church is called Kloster church as in the same area was the Johanniter (order of St.John) monastery (=kloster in swedish) was situated. The order of the Johanniter had a great influence on the life in Eskilstuna from 12th to the end of the 16th century.

    I really liked the inside of this church. As it is very 'new' I was afraid of what to see on the inside. But I was really pleasantly surprised. There weren't much decoration inside the church, but the architecture made it look wonderful. The high roof, the elegant lights and the use of the bricks make it look really great.



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    Fors Kyrka in Eskilstuna

    by sim1 Updated May 2, 2005

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    Let me show you some of my favourite spots in Eskilstuna. First of all the Fors Kyrka (Fors Church). This church in Eskilstuna is really worth a visit. The Fors Church was built in the 11th century on same place as a wooden church used by bishop Eskil from England.

    To make a good photo of the Fors Kyrka is quite hard because it is all surrounded by trees. But when you visited the church, the leaning angle of the tower is what strikes you at once. It's not leaning as much as the tower of Pisa, but it is leaning over a lot. The tower to this church was added probably in the middle of the 14th century and has had a considerable lean from the time that it is build. To prevent the tower from leaning over more, they put wedges on the outside of the north wall.

    The Fors Kyrka is not the first church on this spot. The original wooden church was destroyed by fire, but it was rebuilt in stone in the second half of the 11th century. There are still some traces of this stone church and they are visible in the north wall and the west wall.



    you can read more about the Fors Kyrka on my Eskilstuna page

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    Eskilstuna

    by sim1 Updated May 2, 2005

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    Eskilstuna is the city I live closest to. It is the place where I go for my shopping, where I study, visit the library, where I like to go out for dinner, etc, etc.

    Eskilstuna is a very old place. The area around Eskilstuna was already well known during the Vikings. But having said that, I have to admit that Eskilstuna is not a real tourist destination, but it has some nice places. My favourite of all is the Fors Kyrka (Fors Church). This church in Eskilstuna is really worth a visit. Besides the Fors Kyrka you can visit the Klosterkyrka, a much more modern church, but with a nice atmosphere. Don't forget to take a look at the sculpture 'Hand of God' by Miles, Take a look at the work of the glassblowers at 'Tingsgården", visit the historic area of "Rademachersmedjorna" or maybe drop by at the Faktorimuseet. I also should mention the zoo in Eskilstuna: "Parken Zoo".



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    Sundbyholm Castle

    by sim1 Updated May 2, 2005

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    Well, I can't show you my region without showing 'my' castle! So here is one more photo of Sundbyholm and now of its castle. Hahaha, I love castles, so what more can you wish for than having one almost in your backgarden :-))

    Sundbyholms castle is not a 'real' castle anymore. It is now in use as a restaurant and hotel. The castle was built from 1639 to 1648 by Carl Carlsson Gyllenhielm, the illegitimate son of King Carl IX. The castle has been on fire 1674 but it was rebuilt after the fire, adding a third floor. After another fire, 100 years later, it was only partially restored. In 19th century it was restored again, but now rebuild as a conference centre and luxury hotel.



    you can read more about Sunbyholm Castle on my Sundby page

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    Sundbyholm

    by sim1 Updated May 2, 2005

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    Sundbyholm is located on Lake Mälaren, a beautiful lake in the middle of Sweden. It has a little recreation area located right here at the lake. For me it means a nice place to walk to (it is only 10 minutes to go here) and relax. It has its charm as well in the summer as in the winter. Somehow the lake always looks wonderful. I love to watch the sunset over the lake and I try to take pictures of that whenever I can; as you can see in the previous photo.

    There is also a little harbour here and even a castle! Sundbyholm is just a little dot on the map, some houses at the lake, a castle and a little harbour. But for me it is home and I absolutely love it here.


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    Visit the Cartie Country - Lådbilslandet

    by sssake Written Dec 23, 2007

    Here all kids will have lots of fun driving soap box cars in miniature towns.

    There are also playgrounds and picnic areas.

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