Bråborg Castle Ruins

Norrköping, Sweden

Bråborg was a former Royal castle at Bråviken. The house was built by Queen Dowager Gunilla Bielke in 1588-1590 and she lived there after her husband, King John III of Sweden, died in 1592. Gunilla Bielke herself died at Bråborg in 1597. Bråborg was later owned by her son, duke John of Östergötland. In 1612 he married his cousin, princess Maria Elisabeth of Sweden. They both died at Bråborg in 1618.

The building was partly destroyed in a fire in 1669, and in 1719 it was burnt down by a Russian army. The army also attacked the nearby town of Norrköping. The inhabitants needed stone to rebuild their town and used building material from the ruins of Bråborg. The new manor house at Bråborg was built about 1,000 metres from the burnt down house.

Today, a ruin is all that remains of the estate. The foundations and cellars are still visible today, together with the moats and parts of the gardens.



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Founded: 1588-1590
Category: Ruins in Sweden
Historical period: Early Vasa Era (Sweden)

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Sebastian Hjelm (2 years ago)
An interesting landmark to see up close, however it is hard to access and the information sign is surrounded by an electric fence that you have to crouch beneath. If you get to the sign you will realize that it has been burnt so it is impossible to read regardless. Some more maintenance would be appreciated!
Jakob Hjelm (2 years ago)
A small piece of a once large castle/fortress. It's an interesting site for a short visit. Unfortunately the gatehouse and its information sign are both located inside a pen with no apparent entrance (the building can still be viewed from outside, though). Additionally, the sign seems to have been burnt at some point and is this near illegible.
Susan Parziale (2 years ago)
Great place to visit
Patrik Arlid (2 years ago)
En bit av ett slott...
Pavel Shyshkouski (3 years ago)
One of the few interesting places to visit in Norrköping. Yet it cannot boast anything spectacular as there's not much left of this castle. Namely just one small tower and several mounds. But the place is nice and worth a walk to this part of the town.
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