Venngarn Castle

Sigtuna, Sweden

The history of Venngarn manor dates to the 12th century. After several owners it was acquired by crown in 1555. Gustav II Adolphus donated Venngarn to Franz von Thurn Berendt and his son sold it to Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie in 1653. The late 17th century was a golden age for Venngarn castle. The present castle was built mainly in 1670 by the architect Jean de la Vallée.

As a chancellor and the leader in Charles XI's regency, De la Gardie was Sweden's most important politicians. Unfortunately for him, due the king's reduction De la Gardie had to return Venngarn later to the crown. Since 1686 the state of Sweden has leased Venngarn castle for several families and purposes. In 1916 a central government institution for alcoholism treatment was established at Venngarn. In 1997 it was sold to its current owners, Wenngarn AB.

There is also a notable chapel in the castle. When the crown took Venngarn 1686, the chapel was completely untouched. None have been added and only a few details have been lost since then. Thus, the chapel one of the country's best preserved church from the Age of Greatness. It was prepared by the De la Gardie, and presumably he also has hired Jean de la Vallee as an architect.

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Venngarn 101, Sigtuna, Sweden
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Founded: 1670
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)

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Ninos Athanasiadis (13 months ago)
Fantastic place and super lunch or coffee prices
Dirk-Jan de Koning (13 months ago)
Nicely renovated estate. Good on site facilities.
Christian Ahlberg (14 months ago)
Beautiful Place managed by very friendly people
Alessia Albergati (14 months ago)
Very pretty From Sigtuna it's 45 minutes walking. The palace is beautiful and the entrance free. You can also stay for a tea and a waffle (they have good waffle buffet for 50 kr) and enjoy it outside with a great view.
Hakim Al kouatli (19 months ago)
A very very spectacular green view in spring. Delicious food. Very good place for a romantic/fresh lunch!!
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