There is a Hall of the State council in the castle of Uppsala now. There is also a residence of the mayor. In the right wing of the castle - the Museum of arts. You can see temporary exhibitions, giving a review of historical events in Sweden, graphic art from the beginning of the XVIth - till nowadays are exhibited, and also a fine collection of portraits of the first half of the XXth.
There is an university collection of products of painting, a collection of wax figures. It's an original Historical museum where generating in suits, color and music the most significant events of the last years.
Uppsala Castle's building started in the middle of the 16th century and it was thought to be Gustav Vasa's and his sons' fortification against their enemies. Today is the residence of the Governor of Uppsala and it has 3 museums:
Uppsala konstmuseum: Uppsala's museum of art. Features Swedish painting and drawing as well as ceramic sculptures from Uppsala-Ekeby. They're the ones who arrange guided tours inside the castle. Open Tuesday-Friday 12pm-4pm, Saturday/Sunday 11am-17pm and the first Wednesday every month 12pm-8pm (free entrance 4pm-8pm).
Vasaborgen: the oldest part of the castle. Open during Summer 11am-4pm (English tours at 2pm), by booked guided tours the rest of the year.
Fredsmuseum: the newest museum, with their exposition War & Peace, in which they bring up questions about hate, war, peace and conflicts in the world. Open Wednesdays 12pm-6pm, Saturday/Sunday 12pm-4pm.
Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slott) was constructed in the middle of the 16th century during the reign of King Gustav I of Sweden, who was also known as Gustay Vasa.
After a severe fire at the beginning of the 18th century, the castle was almost completely rebuilt. Nowadays the castle is used as the seat of the County Governor of Uppsala and it is also home to the Uppsala Art Museum
Uppsala Castle is located on Castle Hill (Slottsbacken), just south of the cathedral. Together with the cathedral it dominates the skyline of the city centre.
On Styrbiskop bastion just next to the castle there is a belltower with the Gunilla bell. Gunilla was the wife of King Johan III (16th century) , and she was the one who donated the bell to the chapel in the castle. The bell was later moved to its previous place. At 9 o'clock every day the bell strikes.
Uppsala Castle dominates the skyline as much as the cathedral, where it sits on a hill overlooking the centre and easily seen from the train. You have great city views from up here, especially of the cathedral and the botanical gardens, and this was part of the plan in 1549, when the castle was built by the new king Gustav Vasa who lead the reformation in Sweden could now look down on the less important catholic cathedral from his new castle. These times belong to the greatest in Uppsala and the castle was the start of all the so called "Erik's Roads" (Eriksgata) where the kings travelled to show themselves to their subjects throughout the country. Queen Christina who later converted to catholisism also abdicated in the castle 1654 before moving to Rome.
The castle was built a typical Vasa castle which you can see from its round towers. Today, you can go for guided tours of the most historic parts but the castle and its battlements but it also houses parts of the university literature departments as well as the Uppsala Art Museum (responsible for the tours). The museum has a mix of art but sketches etc. by the famous local painter Bruno Liljefors belongs to the major exhibits.
Uppsala Slott is the light pink coloured fortress/castle up on the hill on Ovre Slottsgatan. Inside it is the Uppsala Kunstmuseum with art exhibits from the university's collection. It shut just as I arrived so I couldnt get in to see but I did enjoy the walk right around the entire castle to admire the architecture, gardens and views over the town.
Down in the town are lovely views up to the castle - a good example is from the gardens near the canal which make a nice foreground with the small lake and its birds swimming about on it.
Above the cathedral Gustav Vasa built a castle for two purposes: One, to militarily defend the area, and two, to emphasize that he as King, held the power and not the Church that his castle looked down on.
The castle also has a nice gift shop and a restaurant
From 2002 there has been restaurations going on of the castle facade of Uppsala Castle.
It is being repainted in a lighter color,to look more like the color it was originally, several hundred years ago.
Here is a close up of one of the towers in this new light-apricot-shade.
As of summer of 2005 the whole castle is now redone and painted in this new colour.
Vik Slott (Vik Castle - sometimes it says Vik & sometimes Wik) is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Sweden. It is situated 20 km southwest of Uppsala. The castle was built in the 15th century. You can divide the trip into ride + walk, which makes a pretty good combination since you can check out the great rural surroundings. You can take the bus to Enköping & then walk via Balingsta. The bus number is 847.
If you want to see the potential side effects of eating too many vegetables scamper along to Skokloster Castle and have a laugh at Giuseppe Arcimboldos's portrait of poor old Rudolfo II. One can only imagine his reaction when first unveiled. Just as well he didn’t commission a full figure portrait!
Construction of the castle was begun by King Gustav I in the 1540s. During King Johan III's reign, the magnificent Renaissance castle church and its stucco were designed, parts of which can still be seen. The castle facade was recently repaired and given the color it had at the time of Carl Hårleman's restoration. The castle has a dramatic story, with many crucial events in Swedish history taking place here. Art and architecture tours in Swedish and English arranged daily during the summer. For information on tours during the rest of the year, see the Uppsala Art Museum's website.
New museum in Uppsala Castle. Exhibition "War and Peace," about conflicts, threats, hate, honor, and Sweden's 190 years of peace. Focus on the life and work of former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld, whose spent his childhood days in the castle.
Once again constructed in 1744 after a fire of 1702 the castle was also a fortress.
The castle has two bastions - Sturbiskope and Gresgorten. There are premises and smart halls between bastions.
It was built approximately during 1540AD by king Gustav Vasa..
I knew that it was an interesting place but,unfortunately,I have found it close...not turistic
period!("come in summer!"someone told me..)
From the castle's hill you can have a FANTASTIC view
of the city..
I will come back to visit it better during my next trip!
The Castle 'Uppsala Slott'
This Castle was built in the 1540s, at the demand of this famous king called Gustav Vasa, and then restaured after the fire in 1702. Inside it are among other things the University's Art Exibitions and this is where Uppsala Town:s Mayor lives.
The Castle is one of the buildings dominating the silhouette of Uppsala, and the castle is best viewed from the pond of Svandammen. But don't miss standing on the castleyard facing the other way, having a look at Uppsala's botanical garden!
In the cellars beneath the Castle there is an exibition called Vasavinjetterna. This is a wax cabinet with scenes from the past, but also some present scenes. Not Mme Tussauds, but maybe worth a visit still...
Up at the third floor of the castle is the Rikssalen hall where formal banquets are held. I once visited the guys who clean the windows up there ... a scary experience indeed.