Brynolf Algotsson, Bishop of Skara, laid the foundations for a fortified castle in Läckö in 1298 originally as a fort that consisted of two or three houses surrounded by a wall. After a fire during the 1470s, the fort was expanded by bishop Brynolf Gerlachsson.

After the reformation in 1527, King Gustav Vasa took possession. Field Marshal Jacob Pontusson De la Gardie was granted the property in 1615. Field Marshal de la Gardie embarked on an extensive building spree, including the third floor of the keep. The portal to the main courtyard was added during his period, as were the frescos depicting people and winding plants found in niches, stairwells and the rooms on the third floor. In 1654, Count Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie initiated immense construction projects at Läckö. A fourth floor was built in the main building and a number of artists were hired to decorate the walls and ceilings of the castle.

Läckö Castle is a national monument and has been managed by the National Property Board since 1993.

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Founded: 1298
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Marija Rusaka (5 months ago)
Very beautiful castle on the coast of Vänern lake, the largest lake in Sweden and in Europe ! Fantastic nature around and calming atmosphere of this place makes it great for tourists! Definitely recommend!
Alena Maarová Ostrovská (6 months ago)
The beautiful surroundings near the lake make the castle unique! During corona time there are no guided tours so visitors go independently and read descriptions on the exhibits.
Daria (8 months ago)
This is a beautiful castle and the nature surrounding it is very beautiful. However I feel like the inside was not that impressive, perhaps that is because I have seen better castles.
KEERTHI-KUMAR N (8 months ago)
A beautiful castle on the edge of the largest lake of Sweden, Vänern. On a sunny day, beautiful views of the castle can be enjoyed by walking along the shore. There is an easy hiking path in the vicinity to combine with sight seeing.
Jesper Almström (8 months ago)
Great one day trip from Gbg. The info from the house was short but interesting. The garden was in mint condition. Restaurant served a great fish with fried fresh potato's.
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