Top Historic Sights in Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Explore the historic highlights of Åtvidaberg

Åtvidaberg Old Church

Åtvids old church was built around 1500 and was one of Östergötland County’s largest at the time. In the late 1800s, Åtvidaberg was in need of a larger church. The old church fell into ruins and served as an open-air church for about 70 years. In the 1950s, Elof Ericsson, the director at the time, donated a large sum of money so the church could be rebuilt. The rededication took place in 1957. ...
Founded: ca. 1500 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Björsäter Church

Björsäter church was built with the help of its parishioners in 1800. The old stave church was thought to be in bad shape and was to be torn down. The baptismal font from the late 1200s is the church’s oldest object. The pulpit is placed over the altar, which is a unique placement found in only a few churches.
Founded: 1800 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Gärdserum Church

The neo-Gothic Gärdserum church, designed by F. W. Scholander, was one of the first of its kind in Sweden. After its completion in 1857, it was formally dedicated on 16 August by Dean J. Laruensius. The church houses some fixtures from Åtvids old church. Among them is the chancel crucifix from the 1300s.
Founded: 1851-1857 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Rödsten

Rödsten (The Red Stone) is one of the most significant ancient monuments in Sweden. The fallos-style setting contains three stones painted with red, white and black. Rödsten dates probably from the 6th century and it has probably been erected to protect surrounding farms from the fire and depletion. The first record of Rödsten date from 1360. According the legend the stone have to be painted every year an ...
Founded: 6th century | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Yxnerum Church

Yxnerums church was built in 1802 according to the fashion of the time as a large, white barn-like building with room for half of the parish’s population. There is room for 300 persons, of which 70 in the loft. The bell tower was built much later, with the bells being mounted in 1928.
Founded: 1802-1807 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Adelsnäs Manor

Adelsnäs (formerly known as Näs) manor was named after Johan Adelswärd, who acquired the local copper mine in 1781. The present manor building was built Theodor Adelswärd in 1916-1920. English garden and parks around the Bysjön lake are popular when open to the public. The unique detail is a “Sun Cannon”, which is installed in a red brick tower from 1853. It is a 6-pound cannon from t ...
Founded: 1916-1920 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Hannäs Church

Bishop C. A. Cornelius dedicated Hannäs church on the fourth Sunday in Advent in 1885. It is a traditional English Gothic church with exposed rafters and trisected plank roof. Upon entering the temple, one is surprised by the bright, spacious interior. There was no altarpiece until four years after the dedication. The triumph crucifix, few wooden sculptures and font date from the Middle Ages.
Founded: 1885 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

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Czocha Castle

Czocha Castle is located on the Lake Leśnia, what is now the Polish part of Upper Lusatia. Czocha castle was built on gneiss rock, and its oldest part is the keep, to which housing structures were later added.

Czocha Castle began as a stronghold, on the Czech-Lusatian border. Its construction was ordered by Wenceslaus I of Bohemia, in the middle of the 13th century (1241–1247). In 1253 castle was handed over to Konrad von Wallhausen, Bishop of Meissen. In 1319 the complex became part of the dukedom of Henry I of Jawor, and after his death, it was taken over by another Silesian prince, Bolko II the Small, and his wife Agnieszka. Origin of the stone castle dates back to 1329.

In the mid-14th century, Czocha Castle was annexed by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Then, between 1389 and 1453, it belonged to the noble families of von Dohn and von Kluks. Reinforced, the complex was besieged by the Hussites in the early 15th century, who captured it in 1427, and remained in the castle for unknown time (see Hussite Wars). In 1453, the castle was purchased by the family of von Nostitz, who owned it for 250 years, making several changes through remodelling projects in 1525 and 1611. Czocha's walls were strengthened and reinforced, which thwarted a Swedish siege of the complex during the Thirty Years War. In 1703, the castle was purchased by Jan Hartwig von Uechtritz, influential courtier of Augustus II the Strong. On August 17, 1793, the whole complex burned in a fire.

In 1909, Czocha was bought by a cigar manufacturer from Dresden, Ernst Gutschow, who ordered major remodelling, carried out by Berlin architect Bodo Ebhardt, based on a 1703 painting of the castle. Gutschow, who was close to the Russian Imperial Court and hosted several White emigres in Czocha, lived in the castle until March 1945. Upon leaving, he packed up the most valuable possessions and moved them out.

After World War II, the castle was ransacked several times, both by soldiers of the Red Army, and Polish thieves, who came to the so-called Recovered Territories from central and eastern part of the country. Pieces of furniture and other goods were stolen, and in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the castle was home to refugees from Greece. In 1952, Czocha was taken over by the Polish Army. Used as a military vacation resort, it was erased from official maps. The castle has been open to the public since September 1996 as a hotel and conference centre. The complex was featured in several movies and television series. Recently, the castle has been used as the setting of the College of Wizardry, a live action role-playing game (LARP) that takes place in their own universe and can be compared to Harry Potter.