Bogesund Castle

Vaxholm, Sweden

The four-storey Bogesund Castle was built by Per Brahe the Younger in 1640s. It was owned by Brahe family until 1739. After several owner Bogesund was acquired by Nils von Lantingshausen, who reconstructed it to the Norman style. Today Bogesund offers wedding and other event services. Guided tours of the castle are conducted on a regular basis.

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Founded: 1640s
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)

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Pontus Dirtoft (3 years ago)
Beautiful castle and setting with interesting history.
Regina I (3 years ago)
One of the most beautiful castles in Sweden, nice style and picturesque nature
Samuli Rantanen (3 years ago)
Was not able to go inside that time but really impressive castle from the outside and nice surrounding area also.
Henrik Gronwall (3 years ago)
Nice area for hiking and biking and more
Balaji Kuppusamy (4 years ago)
Beautiful place. Good pits top for bikers and cyclists. Walk around the place and enjoy the serene beauty
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