Sunday, 25 July 2010

Läckö Slott - Läckö Castle

Today we took on one of the most visited cultural attractions around here, Läckö Castle. It's situated on Kållandsö, right by the shore of Vänern, Sweden's biggest lake which is not very far from where we are.
Each summer visitors in their thousands flock to this cultural gem and apart from visiting the castle itself, they organize plenty of exhibitions and events here every year.

This castle is one of the more magnificent baroque palaces in Sweden, but parts of the building are actually much older. The foundations of the first castle situated here were laid as early as 1298! That fortress was destroyed by fire, and a larger castle was put up in it's place in the 1470s.

But it's mostly the style and taste of the 17th century Baroque that can be seen in the castle of today. It was created by Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie who took it over from his father in 1654. It was during his time the castle's towers were built and he also decorated the interior.

We went on a guided tour in English, and then took a walk around the rest of the castle grounds, we saw the armory, the prison cells, the kitchen, the caste chapel...

... and the castle gardens.

Läckö Castle is really pretty, and it's surroundings are stunning. Although it was super cold (well, you know, for us) today, it was a nice little excursion!

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