Tosterup Castle

Tomelilla, Sweden

The tower of Tosterup Castle was built in the 1400s and the main building date from the 1500s. The present appearance is date mainly from the restoration made in 1760s, when the tower was merged to the main building. The castle has been owned by several famous noble families like Brahe, Thott and Krabbe.

Today Tosterup is owned by family Ehrensvärd and in private use.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Kalmar Union (Sweden)

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Anita Kebic (6 months ago)
Great place. Recommend.
Robert “Baggen” Högberg (9 months ago)
Incredibly beautiful area with fantastic environment and a castle with an intact moat. Note, however, that it is a private area for the most part, including the castle
Louise Lönn Ardefelt (10 months ago)
Beautiful environment and friendly staff! Now all that remains is to taste the must we bought.
Christer Forsell (2 years ago)
Totally safe, private everywhere. Nothing to see visitors
Inger Englund (4 years ago)
En historisk plats , i full nutida verksamhet. Promenera i miljön. Tänk på att det är privat mark.
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