Landskrona Citadel

Landskrona, Sweden

Landskrona Citadel was initially built 1549–1559 as a purely defensive fortification with two complete moats, the inner with a width of 70 metres. The outer (complete) moat is between 40 and 70 metres wide, and has cross fire bastions for artillery and guns. Outside the outer moat, a third narrower moat covers the northwest and northeast. There also exist remains of a fourth moat (between the two outer moats). The fortifications and moats system surrounding the castle is known to be one of Europe's largest and best preserved. In the area between the outer and far outer moat resides the oldest area of allotment-garden cottages of Sweden.

Landskrona was captured in 1644 by forces led by Gustav Horn, but returned to Danish possession the year after. It became Swedish again in 1658 as a result of the Treaty of Roskilde. Between 1667 and 1675, the citadel was expanded with extensive bastions. Thus on 2 August 1676, during a new war between Sweden and Denmark, the commandant Hieronymus Lindeberg surrendered himself and the castle to a Danish army unit. Until peace was restored in 1679, the castle was used as a center of command by the Scanian voluntary army corps ("Friskydter" in Danish-Scanian history, "Snapphanar" in Swedish) which fought together with the regular Danish army against the Swedish occupiers. Lindeberg survived the Danes but were later executed on order of Swedish king Charles IX. In the middle of the 18th century, the local military commander feared (quite suddenly) that the 15th century church Johannes Babtistæ Kyrka ("John the Baptist church"), which at the time was the second largest in Scania, must be destroyed. The reason was a fear for enemy cannons in the church tower. The whole church was demolished and a new one, Sofia Albertina, was built some decades later.

The castle was used as a women's prison from the late 19th century and some decades later. Today the castle is both a kind of museum (guided tours only, but not expensive, daily during the summer) and can be rented for private parties.

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Founded: 1549-1559
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Early Vasa Era (Sweden)

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Kristina Palmqvist (5 months ago)
Very picturesque. Beautiful. Great place to walk my dogs
Андрей Моисеенко (5 months ago)
This is the most real castle which I have seen.
Daniel Silva (6 months ago)
Calm and nice place for a walk.
Alex Haas (6 months ago)
Came here on the way back home. It was a rainy day and the castle was closed. But we didn't plan on going in anyways. We just wanted to walk the grounds around it and take some pics. And it is a nice little stroll. The castle sitting there surrounded by the castle moat makes an impressive sight. The castle was the base of kings before and for that it is actually a quite unusual castle, judging by its architecture. But different isn't bad in this case. I was surprised that pretty much nobody was there this morning for a walk or to come look at the castle. We liked it. Parking was close-by (and free), the surrounding ground are pretty and so is the nearby park. Bathrooms are also just by the castle (and free).
Justin Bunch (7 months ago)
Very picturesque and we'll preserved Baroque fortification and star bastion, very nice views of the sound as well
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