Hässelby Castle

Stockholm, Sweden

Hässelby Castle (Hässelby slott) was built first in the 1640s by the riksråd Karl Bonde, who owned it until his death 1652. The original architect was Simon de la Vallée and the castle was finished about the 1660s by his son Jean de la Vallée, when Karl's son Gustaf Bonde owned it. The Bonde noble family owned the castle until 1931, when Stockholms stad bought it until 2010. Since 2010 SIVAB own the castle. Today Hässelby is opened for weddings, parties and conferences.

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Founded: 1640-1670
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)

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4.1/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Lars Gustavsson (7 months ago)
Quite cozy, the ambitions are a bit higher than what they can deliver on, especially food wise. It's not bad, even good, but the ambition felt exclusive, and it's not quite there.
Kim ECH (9 months ago)
Wonderful place! In and out! Great food and unique venue of rooms
Dimitrij Reshetnykov (10 months ago)
It looks good. The gardens are well kept
Mariana Eller (11 months ago)
I was attending to a wedding and stayed over the night. Everything was absolutely beautiful and organized. The staff was really helpful, the food was delicious and the services provided were just perfect. Many thanks to everybody involved!
Pasi (12 months ago)
Lovely place with a small castle and s small park with surrounding houses. Hotel available in one of the separate houses from the castle, also a sauna and relax available and a restaurant called "Orangeriet" with excellent food. Also the place where some of the Polar Music Prize stuff goes down
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