Finspång Castle was built by Louis de Geer the younger between the years 1668 and 1685 and is today used as offices for Finspång’s turbine industry. The surrounding park, laid out in the 1700s, is decorated with follies like the Aurora temple, the iron temple and the Lugnet summerhouse and is open to the public all year round. Through the windows of the orangery built in 1831, you may steal a glimpse at Sweden’s oldest grapevine.
The two annex wings, built by Louis de Geer’s grandson in 1742, are used as a hotel and restaurant for company guests. All the rooms are furnished according to milestones in the history of Finspång.References:
First record of Kastelholma (or Kastelholm) castle is from the year 1388 in the contract of Queen Margaret I of Denmark, where a large portion of the inheritance of Bo Jonsson Grip was given to the queen. The heyday of the castle was in the 15th and 16th centuries when it was administrated by Danish and Swedish kings and stewards of the realms. Kastelhoma was expanded and enhanced several times.
In the end of 16th century castle was owned by the previous queen Catherine Jagellon (Stenbock), an enemy of the King of Sweden Eric XIV. King Eric conquered Kastelholma in 1599 and all defending officers were taken to Turku and executed. The castle was damaged under the siege and it took 30 years to renovate it.
In 1634 Åland was joined with the County of Åbo and Björneborg and Kastelholma lost its administrative status.