Höjentorp Castle Ruins

Axvall, Sweden

The castle ruins in Gamla Höjentorp dates back to the 13th century. The castle is said to have been donated to the bishop of Skara in 1284, but was then returned to the crown at the time of Gustav Vasa’s reformation. At the middle of the 17th century, Queen Kristina gave the castle as a wedding gift to Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie’s wife, Maria Eufrosyne. In 1722 the castle burnt down and it is said that Queen Ulrika Eleonora was visiting at the time. She watched the fire from a nearby hill, which was then named after this Drottningkullen (the Queen Hill).

Today only the ruins of the basement remain of the original castle, but the place bears witness of the importance of this area in the Middle Ages, which was also when Skara had its period of greatness. In the overgrown castle garden are beautiful ashes and lime-trees and in the slope down towards the Garden Lake it smells of ramsons and other rare plants.

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Founded: ca. 1284
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Per Larsson (3 years ago)
Fine trails in the right historical nature in Eggby.
Gisela Lantz (3 years ago)
Wonderful place with nice hiking trails!
Andreas K (4 years ago)
Do not go here if it is wet outside. It will be very muddy. On a beautiful day, however, it is a nice stop.
wiktoria (5 years ago)
Beautiful place ?
Janssen Ohlson (5 years ago)
Lovely nature
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