Näs Castle Ruins

Visingsö, Sweden

In the 12th and 13th century, Näs (or Visingö) Castle on the southern end of Visingsö was the residence for the fragile Swedish monarchy. It was built probably by Sverker I of Sweden (died in 1156) or his son Charles VII of Sweden (Karl Sverkersson). Näs was thereby the oldest Royal castle in Sweden. It was a residence 5-6 kings before in 1318 Birger I (Birger Magnusson) pawned it to Danish. The castle was probably demolished soon after.



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Founded: mid-1100s
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Kelly Calloc'h (2 months ago)
I think this is the best place ever in Visingsö. I recommend you to go by walk, it would be so much nicer!! There is a very nice seating area inside, with a very cute balcony overlooking the lake ??
Krasi Kazashka (11 months ago)
Amazing, the oldest castle in Sweden and located on an island. It is only ruins now and lovely to see at the edge of the island. We rented bikes at the port and had an enjoyable ride on Visingso.
Wojciech Kołodziejczyk (14 months ago)
Burned down castle from twelfth century. You can hide here from the rain, only one room survived. If you are on the island, this place is necesary to see, be careful when you are going down to touch the watter, path is a bit "treacherous" and you won't find a beach here, only rocks. You can park your car next to the building at the begining of the path. Only one table to sit and eat the meal. :-(
Neda MN (2 years ago)
This is a place with quite a history. Located on an island and built next to the water, it takes you back in time. The ruin is basically a few walls. For some people it might be disappointing but for me it was a serene place to observe and read about the history. You can go to the island by the ferry and rent a bike there or drive further by car.
Yang Liu (3 years ago)
Beautiful cliff view
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