Gråborg is the largest ancient castle in Öland. It was built probably in the 6th century and enlarged through Middle Ages. According old tax reports dating back to the year 1450, Gråborg was owned by Vadstena abbey and functioned as a some kind of trade center. It was used for defence against Danish even in 1677. According to legend Gråborg was strongly associated with king Burislev Sverkersson who had grown up there with his half-sister Sofia of Minsk.

Gråborg Castle consisted of a circular wall, about 4-7 meter tall. There were three entrances and one of them was vaulted in the Middle Ages. Archaeological excavations have revealed lot of findings, which are stored today in Kalmar Museum.

There are medieval ruins of the chapel of St. Knut on the north side of castle.



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Founded: 500 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Migration Period (Sweden)


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Ludovic Nion (4 months ago)
A nice breath in the Swedish countryside
Leonardo Romanello (6 months ago)
Need steps? Love cattle? Then don’t miss Gråborg. ?
Zommy NL (10 months ago)
Very interesting place with loads of old and ancient buildings, graves and several hiking trails. We visited the wall ( which has cute little goats in them now) and the old ruined chapel. Signs are very clear and available in several languages (See, En, Ger). You can spent the entire day here of you walk all the trails or quickly stop by the chapel and wall as we did. Entry is free
claire gisubizo (gisubizo claire) (2 years ago)
Historical information and its beautiful view makes it different
Pardalis Georgios (2 years ago)
The chapel ruin could get some better care,but combining it with the fortress ruin and the nice hiking paths around makes it a pleasant experience.
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