Program - Field trip - Stockholm - Sweden
Beautiful Baroque Castle - Skokloster

Situated on a peninsula of the Mälaren near Stockholm, Skokloster Castle is one of the most impressive buildings from the Swedish Great Power period.

With its four towers and impressive façade, the mighty castle stands proudly on the shore of Lake Mälaren. And within these thick walls lies one of the best-preserved Baroque interiors in Northern Europe.
Count and Field Marshall Carl Gustaf Wrangel had the castle built on the estate where he was born, Skokloster.
Built between 1654 and 1676, it is a monument to the Swedish Age of Greatness, the period in the middle of the seventeenth Century when Sweden expanded to become one of the major powers in Europe.

After the death of Count Wrangel in 1676, the castle was never fully completed.
The banqueting hall still stands unfinished, and many of the tools used in building the house remain.
The rest of the castle has also remained amazingly untouched for more than 300 years.
Wrangel and the subsequent owners collected weapons, books, silver, and textiles, among many things. The present-day collection is a rare insight into the 17th and 18th Centuries.

A 350 years after Wrangel's death, Skokloster Castle remains the largest private palace ever built in Sweden. The 78 rooms house 50,000 artifacts from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
Margareta Juliana is Wrangel's eldest daughter, and on her initiative, Skokloster was made an Entailed Estate in 1701.
It is a form of ownership that prohibits the owner from selling or giving away any part of the estate.
The estate and its collections have thus been allowed to grow through the years.