Ängsö Castle was first named as "Engsev" in a royal charter by king Canute I of Sweden (r. 1167-1196), in which he stated that he had inherited the property after his father Eric IX of Sweden. Until 1272, it was owned by the Riseberga Abbey, and then taken over by Gregers Birgersson.

From 1475 until 1710, it was owned by the Sparre family. The current castle was built as a fortress by riksråd Bengt Fadersson Sparre in the 1480s. In 1522, Ängsö Castle was taken after a siege by king Gustav Vasa, since its owner, Fadersson's son Knut Bengtsson, sided with Christian II of Denmark. However, in 1538 it was given by the king to Bengtsson's daughter Hillevi Knutsdotter, who was married to Arvid Trolle.

In 1710, the castle was taken over by Carl Piper and Christina Piper. Ängsö Castle was owned by the Piper family from 1710 until 1971, and is now owned by the Westmanna foundation. The castle building itself was made into a museum in 1959 and was made a listed building in 1965. It is currently opened to visitors during the summers.

The castle is a cubical building in four stores made by stone and bricks. The lower parts is preserved from the middle ages. It was redecorated and expanded in the 1630s. The 4th storey as well as the roof is from the expansion of Carl Hårleman from 1740-41. It gained its current appearance in the 1740s.

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Founded: 1740s
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: The Age of Liberty (Sweden)

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Shahzad Ansari (7 months ago)
We visited a haunted place that has several scary stories. I can not guarantee that you will experience the fear, but there are many of these....
Marek Prywatne (7 months ago)
Nice looking palace with a great looking surroundings - especially church! Well-kept garden is entrance for a forest with very well prepared paths and grill areas next to lake
Frida B (16 months ago)
Impressive castle in the middle of a beautiful nature reserve with lots of different trails to explore.
Fosuya (17 months ago)
Lovely atmosphere, classic architecture, plenty of small locations to visit nearby with a lot to just stop and watch in awe. Quite a few events out here normally but due to COVID-19 not much is happening anymore..
Ravi Sankar Kottada (2 years ago)
Good place to visit on the weekends though it's a small fort by any standard.
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