Welcome to Royal Gripsholm Castle!

Gripsholm is known as Gustav Vasa’s castle, as it was he who built the castle here in 1537. The castle’s most renowned 16th century state room is Duke Karl’s Chamber, which is one of the best-preserved interiors in Sweden from this period. Wander through the many rooms and winding passages, and admire the outstanding collection of furniture and artwork spanning four decades.

Attractions include one of Europe’s best preserved theatres from the 18th century, which Gustav III designed in one of the castle’s round Renaissance towers exclusively for himself and his court.

Gripsholm Castle is also internationally renowned for its extensive collection of portraits – the Swedish national collection – featuring prominent Swedes from the days of Gustaf Vasa to the present day, making this into one of the world’s most comprehensive portrait collections.

You can enjoy the nature surrounding Gripsholm with a stroll through the royal deer park and on romantic Slottsholmen, which inspired Kurt Tucholsky to write ‘Schloss Gripsholm, eine sommergeschichte’. Kurt Tucholsky wishes were granted when he was buried in the Mariefred churchyard in the summer of 1936; his grave can still be visited today.

Take the chance to visit our gift shop in the castle, which is a unique present and souvenir shop offering products with a connection to the Royal Collections.


Gripsholm Castle, one of 11 royal palaces in Sweden, is surrounded by the waters of Lake Mälaren and towers majestically over the idyllic, small town of Mariefred.

Opening hours

1 April - 14 May Saturday–Sunday 12:00–15:00
15 May– 30 September Daily 10:00–16:00
1 October–31 November Saturday–Sunday 12:00–15:00

At other times, the castle can be booked for private tours with one of our knowledgeable guides. Opportunity to enjoy lunch or dinner in combination with a castle tour can be arranged for private groups in the castle’s royal kitchens.



Gripsholm Castle
Tel: +46 (0)159 101 94