Vadstena Museum

Vadstena, Sweden

Vadstena City Museum displays the history of Vadstena from the Middle Ages to present. There is also a collection of famous Vadstena laces.

References:
  • Marianne Mehling et al. Knaurs Kulturführer in Farbe. Schweden. München 1987.

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Address

Krabbegatan, Vadstena, Sweden
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Details

Founded: 1949
Category: Museums in Sweden
Historical period: Modern and Nonaligned State (Sweden)

Rating

4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Thomas K (39 days ago)
This castle was worth the trip with all the old rooms and the historic sights. It is a bit expensive to get in but parking is just nearby. In 2022 you have to have a little parking slip in your car though. It is available in the stores and small businesses around the town. Quite an impressive place.
Anjalee Kulasinghe (52 days ago)
It's really nice. Nice view. In the Castle, love the craft work of the furniture.
Brosk Menmi (2 months ago)
Cozy little town, with a simple playground for kids. Worth a visit if you are nearby or if it's a long your route. Some historical places to visit and some local shops.
Andreea Galetschi (13 months ago)
The surroundings are beautiful and the old city is special. The castle can be visited and it's beautiful.
Gregory D'Aguiar (13 months ago)
A beautiful town with lots to see Vadstena Kloster Hotel is very well placed with dinner and breakfast in the great halls. Staff extreemly helpful and pleasant. Dinner was great with with lots to choose from the menu. Thank you Vadstena ??
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