Sofiero Castle was one of the Swedish royal family's country mansions. It was originally a Scanian farm called Skabelycke, bought in 1864 by Crown Prince Oscar of Sweden and his wife Sophia of Nassau. The first one-story palace was completed in 1865. It was expanded to its current size between 1874 and 1876, after crown prince Oscar had been crowned king Oscar II of Sweden and Norway.

In 1905, Oscar II's grandchild Prince Gustaf Adolf, future King Gustaf VI Adolf, and his wife, crown princess Margaret received the palace as a wedding gift. They renovated the palace and started the large Rhododendron garden for which the palace is known today. Prince Gustaf Adolf become king in 1950 and until 1973 Sofiero was his and his second wife Lady Louise Mountbatten's official summer residence. It was supposedly the King's favorite place and upon his death, which occurred in Helsingborg, he left Sofiero to the city of Helsingborg so that the general public could enjoy it as much as he had.

The main attraction today is the very large gardens with a wide range of local (and other) plant life, stretching to the shore of Oresund. The Rhododendrons are especially noteworthy, consisting of almost 500 different varieties. The park also holds a small collection of modern art. During the summer the large grass areas are sometimes used for large outdoor concerts with national as well as international stars. The castle itself is today used as restaurant, cafe and at times as a gallery.

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Githa Skea-Thuesen (13 months ago)
Beautiful! And great location for strolling. Will be back in spring / summer season, hoping to dine in the cafe / restaurant (closed during winter season).
Conny Gunnarsson (2 years ago)
Used to be the Swedish Kings summer-stay castle, now a magnificent garden, especially in May when the rhododendron is in full bloom! A great and truly magical concert arena, holding Toto and ZZ-top in 2017, and Sting and many others earlier.
Amado Carino (2 years ago)
An enormous magical garden built around the Sofiero Castle, offering thousands of variety of fruit trees and flowers so enchanting you can spend a whole day wandering around the grounds and absorb the beauty of the estate. Not only the variety but the way the flowers and trees were arranged is so special that it makes the ace more appealing and enjoyable. If you like flowers and trees, this is a must.
Yê Schmidt (2 years ago)
The garden is something to see absolutely ! Take your time strolling down the park, you might come across a magical forest, you never know ! Try to enter the castle. The first floor is a museum with some rooms displaying art and some rooms recreating the ambiance when the castle was still lived-in. We really enjoyed our morning there !
Carolyn Bailey (2 years ago)
Beautiful experience. Our tour guide was excellent! Very informative with lots of personal stories about the family. Delicious lunch!! And the dessert was to die for! Thanks for a wonderful experience!!
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