Linköping Castle

Linköping, Sweden

Linköping Castle is Sweden's oldest profane building. The oldest part, west wing, dates from the 12th century. Currently the residence of the County Governor of Östergötland, the castle has been home to governors and bishops since the 13th century. The most famous bishop to live in castle was probably Hans Brask, Sweden's last Catholic bishop.

The Linköping Bloodbath, the public execution by beheading of five Swedish nobles in the aftermath of the Battle of Stångebro, in 1600 was held in either in Linköping market square or in the castle courtyard.

In 1700 most of Linköping city burned down, but the cathedral and castle survived. The decayed castle was moved as a city prison. The restoration began In 1796 and then the castle got its classicism style appearance. In 1880 it was again renovated to the neo-Renaissance style, but restored back to the current classicism in 1930s.

The old tower of the museum features an exhibit of the history of the castle, cathedral and diocese from the 12th century to today. Unique 14th century textiles and other valuables - especially from Sweden's empire period - are on display in the treasury. You can see a big model of the castle's state apartments in the great hall.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Mark Shelvey (3 years ago)
Very underwhelming, I was expecting to see old furniture, old lifestyles and a walk around the castle. But you see is some old church uniforms and little history around 1520 -1600 this is perfectly fine there wasn't a lot of it You only get to see 4 rooms which does have history boards to read
artur gherbst (3 years ago)
Neither worth the time nor the money spent.
Umadevi Sid (3 years ago)
Great place
Simon Larsson (4 years ago)
A fantastic little museum that won't overwhelm, but rather intrigue. Exciting history that is not only presented in great exhibition pieces, but is also actually there, preserved in the building itself. The enthusiastic and informative staff was a delight. Highly recommended!
Andrei Danciu (5 years ago)
you must visit this if you are in Linkoping!
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