Friday, October 15, 2010

Gripsholm Castle Mariefred Sweden

On the fourth day of our visit to Stockholm, we took a lake steamer across Lake Malaren with a group of day tripping Stockholmers. A small city by any estimation, Mariefred has a population of about 3,000 people. We spent a few hours walking the streets, climbing up the steep steps of the church, and visiting the castle.

Part royal residence, part prison, Gripsholm Castle was used by the Swedish Royal family for centuries. Now mostly a museum and a destination for tourists, it's a nice day out from Stockholm. Though lacking the bloody history of English and Continental castles, the museum does have a great collection of severe looking Swedish nobles.

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