Karlberg, Stockholm

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    Karlbergs Castle

    by Sjalen Updated Jul 29, 2006

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    Karlberg is a property just across the border in Solna municipality, along the railway leading north from Stockholm and close to Kungsholmen. In the 1620s, king Gustav II Adolf's half brother, Admiral Gyllenhielm, aquired the property through merging three villages, and a stone mansion was built in 1634, which is the core of what you see today. As he died, it was empty for a while before the famous nobleman de la Gardie took it over in 1650 and expanded it greatly and improved its interior. I don't know if that was too much for him or if he had other problems but he went bust and the mansion was taken over by the Stenbock family before finally becoming royal property in 1688. The royals used it as their summer house and queen Ulrika Eleonora founded a childrens home in its grounds. The famous warrior king Karl XII ("Charles XII") spent a lot of his childhood here to during the queen's active time and much later had his favourite dog buried in the park after all their battles together. As the Three Crowns Castle, then Stockholm's royal palace, burnt down in 1697 the royals moved out to Karlberg permanently. In 1792, when Stockholm's new Royal Palace had long since been built, king Gustav III founded a military school here - the Royal War Academy. Ever since then, Karlberg has been known as Sweden's major cadett school but you are still allowed to walk the grounds and sunbathe along the canal below the castle.

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    • Architecture
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel

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