As Sweden’s first capital Sigtuna attracts many visitors. Add to that 150 rune stones, beautiful medieval churches and five interesting palaces; Skokloster Castle, Skånelaholm Castle, Steninge Palace, Wenngarn Castle and Rosersberg Palace – one of ten Royal palaces. The Palaces and Sigtuna Tourist Office offers guided bus tours and walks for large and small groups in several languages.
Rosersberg Palace is one of the best kept secrets of Sweden’s ten royal palaces. At Rosersberg time stands still. The Oxenstierna family built the palace in the 1630s. It became a royal palace in 1762. King Karl XIV Johan and Queen Desideria spent long, relaxing summers at Rosersberg. The rooms remain almost untouched from the 1795-1825 period, with well-preserved interiors and collections. Rosersberg becomes the missing link between the Gustavian era and the first of the Bernadottes. The endless park in the breathtaking landscape of Mälaren adds to the charm of Rosersberg. The palace has a café, restaurant and hotel. www.royalcourt.se, www.rosersbergsslott.se
May: Sat–Sun: guided tours 11am-4pm
June-August: Tuesday–Sunday: guided tours 11am-4pm
September: Saturday–Sunday: guided tours 11am-3pm
Admission per person: adults 100 SEK, children 0-17 years can enter for free.
Rosersberg Palace can be booked May–September. Booking by telephone + 46 8 402 62 80, weekdays 9:00-15:00.
Welcome to the 17th century, Sweden’s age of Greatness and to one of the most evocative and astonishing milieus anywhere in Europe. Here you’ll find impressive collections of weapons, tools, furniture and art. Tours, children’s workshop, boutique and café are also found here. www.skoklostersslott.se
1 June-31 August: daily 11am-5pm
September: Sat-Sun 11am-4pm
October 25-November 2: daily 11am-4pm November 29: 11 am–4 pm
Admission: SEK 90, Guided tour: supplement of SEK 40, admission free for persons aged up to 19.
Booking: Tel. +46 (0)8-402 30 60, email@example.com
This castle dates back to the 1200s when the king Magnus Ladulås was its owner. Public guided tours on weekends from May 10-September 28 2014. www.vitterhetsakad.se
Admission: SEK 40, children under 7 years can enter for free
Booking: Tel. +46 (0)8-590 380 41.
Steninge Palace and Steninge Shops & Events
Steninge Palace, designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger was completed in 1705 and developer Carl Gyllenstierna was the first owner to move into the beautiful baroque palace. In 1873, the magnificent stone barn was built. In the stone barn you will find Steninge Slottsgalleria which offers a unique shopping experience in a historic setting. The barn hosts several exhibitions and events throughout the year such as spring and autumn markets. It also holds Sweden’s largest indoor Christmas market which opens up six weeks before Christmas and is open every day leading up to Christmas.
Opening hours Slottsgallerian: Daily all year round weekdays 11am-6pm, weekends 10am-5pm. Tel. +46 (0)8-592 595 00. www.steningeslott.se
Booking: Tel + 46 8 594 806 50, firstname.lastname@example.org
For the first time in many years Wenngarn Castle will open to the public in the summer of 2014. Every century, with its overlords, have left their marks on the castle and it is now given a new lease of life. Here you find a beautiful baroque castle, an hotel and restaurant and a newly restored baroque park accessible to the public. Wenngarn castle also hosts one of Sweden ́s best preserved 17th century castle chapels well worth a visit. Tel. +46 (0)8-592 501 10.