Uppsala Castle

Uppsala, Sweden

Uppsala Castle is a 16th century royal castle in the historical city of Uppsala. Throughout much of its early history, the castle played a major role in the history of Sweden. It was built during the time Sweden was on its way to become a great power in Europe.

King Gustav Vasa began construction of Uppsala Castle in 1549. Kings Erik XIV, John III and Charles IX all remodeled and expanded the citadel into a representative renaissance palace. During Erik XIV's reign, the castle was the site of the Sture Murders, where several famous noblemen (among them three members of the influential Sture family) were killed. In 1630, King Gustavus II Adolphus announced the decision that Sweden should participate in the Thirty Years' War. It was in the castle that the Swedish government announced the abdication of Queen Kristina in 1654.

Uppsala Castle was seriously damaged by fire in 1702, being reduced essentially to a ruin. Reconstruction took many years and was indeed hampered by the remains of the castle being used as a quarry for stone to be used in building Stockholm Palace.

Uppsala Castle was the administrative center of Uppland and the site of the Hall of State (Rikssalen) for many years. Uppsala Castle is the residence of the County Governor of Uppsala County. Dag Hammarskjöld, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, spent his childhood days in the castle when his father, Hjalmar Hammarskjöld, was governor of Uppsala County. Today, the castle is also the site of the Uppsala Art Museum.

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Founded: 1549
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Early Vasa Era (Sweden)

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Eryck Bednarski (8 months ago)
⭐⭐⭐⭐ because of its historical importance/value. Nowadays it's barely impressive, or interesting for tourists, as it has been remodeled inside and outside enough many times to make it look like an old fashioned office space - well placed (on the hill), overlooking the city. I had opportunity to enter some of it couple of times and definitely wasn't impressed ? Maybe, just maybe there's more to see, but if so, it is not a common knowledge/access ♿ It was important back in the day though.
Mikko Pätynen (16 months ago)
Nice view. Still closed though. Nice spot to have a beautiful kiss
Viktor (2 years ago)
i didnt care about the architecture but the canons and fountain was amazing
farhana Deeba (2 years ago)
Gives old and huge vibe
Sisko Paaso (2 years ago)
The trashbins by the road leasing to this venue could benefit of having an add-on in chosen material for recyclable cans in Copenhagen style so the poor people can pick up the cans without tarnishing their hands
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