Stegeborg Castle Ruins

Söderköping, Sweden

The remains of the Stegeborg castle are situated beautifully on a little island in the sea channel leading toward Söderköping. In the Middle Ages the castle was one of the most important strongholds in Sweden and also a royal palace. The oldest parts of the castle is a brick tower in the southeast corner, built in the early 13th century.

In the 18th century the castle was in bad shape and some wooden buildings were even were auctioned off. In 1938 the Swedish National Heritage Board received a small sum to clear the location of trees and repair the worst damage and raise protective roofing over certain parts. The new main building (a private residence) was completed in 1806. The herb-garden was laid out in 1988 by the present owner.

Today Stegeborg is open for tourists and the castle ruins are now also a port tavern and a marina.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Michael K (2 years ago)
If you're from Germany you've probably seen nicer castles than this ;-) Never the less it's an interesting place - especially because of the location and view. On the down-side: it feels like walking around in a construction site. Lots of unfinished construction, things laying around and you can't get to the top of the tower. Oh and parking costs extra (during summer time).... Come on! That feels like rip-off on top of the 40 SEK entry fee. All in all: it's a nice location and if you don't expect a fancy castle then you'll like it here.
Emanuele (2 years ago)
Very nice castle on a small island, where you have to take a small ferry to continue your trip
jojo flyone (3 years ago)
A really beautiful place with an old garden including a lot of apple trees. Perfect to watch the wonderful sunset.
Viktor Jonsson (3 years ago)
Time well spent! Castle ruin was worth visiting Toilets Restaurant and kiosk Boat or car connection
Vels P (3 years ago)
A great location for camping.
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