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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Pardalis Georgios (5 months 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.
May-Elin Westgård (6 months ago)
Loved it. The scenery, natur and view.
Timo John (12 months ago)
There is not so much to see, if you are around it's a detour worth. Information boards are very nicely made. 20 minutes and you're done
Juan Carlos Garza Fernandez (14 months ago)
A little stop with a huge history.
Bastian Fromm (15 months ago)
Nice ringforttress and broken chapel with hiking options and good explanations in 3 languages.
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