The present Ekenäs castle was built in the 17th century on top of the foundations of a medieval fortress from the 14th century. Ekenäs is one of the best preserved renaissance castles in Sweden with its three impressive shingled towers. Its military character is clearly shown by the surrounding moat and its situation on a cliff on the shore of a lake which has since been drained. One of the first owners of the property was Svante Sture, who lived during the reign of King Erik XIV. Sture built the first stonehouse built on this rock in 1562. Baron Peder Banér, councellor of the King, owned Ekenäs in 1630 - 1644. The castle was built in a Renaissance style.

Ekenäs is, and has always been, a privately owned castle. Visitors are welcome year-round, however, the castle itself is only open during the summer. A jousting tournament and Medieval festival has been held here in May/June every year since 1993.

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Ekenäs, Linköping, Sweden
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Founded: 1630 - 1644
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)

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Laurie Kinney (2 years ago)
Amazing castle, Christmas market and jousting in the spring!!
Robb Zinn (2 years ago)
Good Christmas market
Paul Lopez (2 years ago)
Fun time, great food.
Ludvig Lindell (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle close to Linköping.
Jeff Freding (2 years ago)
Fantastic place with beautiful nature. Downside is that is little bit off to get there.
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