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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2578, Lidköping, Sweden
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Founded: 1298
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Andrei Roman (19 months ago)
Very nice place to visit. I recommend the guided tour!
Lillian Wyse (2 years ago)
We had the most lovely time with our guide! It must have been 3 degrees but he stayed a bit late and had extremely great insight, truly knew the castle inside and out, every painting and every door had such a great story! Would not miss this if you are in the area, dinner was also fantastic, truly local food!
Mable Malayika (2 years ago)
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. We had a brilliant guide. I wish I could have him on all my trips. Incredible experience.
Caterina Kuropka (2 years ago)
Wonderful place to be - feels like a fairytale. Very nice camping and caravan yard nearby. Worth staying 1 or 2 days.
SSJ Górski (2 years ago)
Beautifully situated Castle “with a view” - the surrounding lake and the nature makes it unique. Nice place for family trip.
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