Tynnelsö estate was first mentioned in 1282. Since 1306 it belonged to the Diocese of Strängnäs. During the 1490s bishop Kort Rogge built the first stone castle and the first floor is still the original. In 1522 Tynnelsö was acquired by Gustav Vasa and it belonged to the royal family until 1636, but was again later returned to the crown (during the Great Reduction in 1681). The current square-formed castle was built to the present appearance in the 1590s. In the 18th century Tynnelsö castle was abandoned and left to decay. The major restoration was made in 1826-1827.

Today the castle is closed due the restoration, which should be started in future. The surrounding garden includes lot of lime trees and a villa built in 1876.

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Founded: 1590s
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Early Vasa Era (Sweden)

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