Rosersberg Palace

Sigtuna, Sweden

Rosersberg Palace is one of the Royal Palaces of Sweden. It was built in the 1630s by the Oxenstierna family and became a royal palace in 1762, when the state gave it to Duke Karl (later Karl XIII), the younger brother of Gustav III of Sweden.

Gabriel Bengtsson Oxenstierna named the palace after his mother who came from the prestigious Tre Rosor ("Three Roses") family. Construction of the building in the typical Renaissance style of the time started in 1634 and was completed in 1638. In late 17th century, the Renaissance style was out of fashion and Oxenstierna's son, Bengt Oxenstierna, had it radically modernised in the then current Rococo style under the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. The gables of the main building were demolished and the building was given a new roof. New wings and colonnaded gallery were added.

In 1747, Rosersberg was acquired by Baron Erland Carlsson Broman, and was again modernized with the assistance of the architect Jean Eric Rehn. Broman died in 1757, and the palace was acquired by the State, and given to Duke Karl. Karl took up residence in the palace and continued with Rehn's plans for modernizing it. It was renovated in the late Gustavian style but was lacking many of the more capricious aspects of the style, replacing them with a more serious and romantic tone which is referred to as the Karl XIII Empire style. As part of the modernization a series of new interiors were created, the most notable of which are the Orange and Red drawing rooms, and the Hogland Room.

It was a favourite among the palaces for Karl XIV Johan and Queen Desideria, the first of the Bernadotte line, who spent their summers relaxing at Rosersberg and were the last royals to use the palace as a residence. Karl Johan's bedchamber is regarded as one of the most important examples of an early 19th century Swedish interior. Nowadays, the rooms and collections are preserved very much as they were during the period 1795-1825.

After the death of Desideria in 1860, the palace was given to Swedish infantry and until 1961 was a school of musketry. In the 1960s the Civil Defence force took over parts of the palace and grounds and parts are now used by the Swedish Rescue Services Agency.

The palace has a park which incorporates a French baroque garden commissioned by Bengt Oxenstierna, and designed and planted at the end of the 17th century by Tessin the Younger. At the time it was considered one of the most lavish gardens in Sweden, but much of the garden has become overgrown or been lost. The avenues and a 600 metre (1,968 ft) pond still exist. On the left hand side of the palace is an English garden with winding paths commissioned by Duke Karl around 1800.



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Founded: 1630's
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)


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Jens R. (2 years ago)
Did not visit inside. Great free parking lot where it's allowed to camp for up to 2 days. Lovely hike in the park next to the castle. There's also a small harbour nearby which is worth the visit. Toilets at the parking lot. It's possible to visit stockholm from this location, take into account a 30min walk to the train station and a 20min train trip (affordable in sweden at 3,9 eur)
Anitha N (2 years ago)
Went just to visit, did not stay. It's located and a quite place away from crowd. Nothing else in the surrounding area. No cafe or equivalent.
Babak Eqbali (2 years ago)
Not so good restaurant, great area spc if you want to have a picnic outside the castle.
Michael Lagerberg (2 years ago)
This was all categories the worst restaurant I’ve ever been to. Please only visit this place to watch the scenery. Never expect quality food or any type of service. Do NOT recommend this place.
Anna Joo (3 years ago)
+ Beautiful building + Nice green area. Parks and swimming place nearby. + Nice view + Comfortable pillows + Restaurant with classic interior + Breakfast. Good variety. There were also food items that is not usually in hotel breakfasts (e.g. avocado, bresola) + Big mirror in the bathroom. 3-4 people could probably do make up on the same time. - 3 moths in the room even though we never opened the window - The toilet (inside) wasn't fully clean - The dinner was disappointing compared to the price. The flavours didn't feel well composed. It would also be nice with some winelist, only one wine to choose per dish. The wines that was offered didn't have much flavour. - Much noise from the hallway. We could also hear the water when our neighbour showered. - No airconditioning. It was not too warm, but the air felt a bit humid.
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