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

Andreea Galetschi (9 months ago)
The surroundings are beautiful and the old city is special. The castle can be visited and it's beautiful.
Gregory D'Aguiar (9 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 ??
AP (9 months ago)
Castle stands surrounded by water on all sides with a breathtaking vista. With a good weather a perfect place to spend a day drinking in the peace and beauty . A church is nearby with some good pizzerias around. Just take a walk in the old town with its coloured houses and cobbled streets. If weather permits take a dip in the water and go snorkelling. Or just just beneath the shade of a tree and doze off in the sun.
Rob Riedel (10 months ago)
Amazing castle! One of the best preserved renaissance castles in the Nordic countries. Very good and interesting tours with tour guides dressed as people from the history of Vadstena Castle. If you enjoy castles this is a must!
prasann desai (10 months ago)
A place to capture in photo and fun for family. Castle museum is must visit to understand the social life of Vadestana King. Well preserved and restoration of old stones. A great weekend break for each idvidual.
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