Steninge Palace

Märsta, Sweden

The Baroque-style Steninge Palace was built 1694-1698 to the design of architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, the palace is directly inspired by Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in France, and has a reputation in Sweden as one of the most elegant examples of Baroque mansions. Steninge Palace was completed in 1705.

The history of Steninge began in the end of 1200’s when the first known settlement was established. In 1667 Carl Gyllenstierna acquired the Steninge manor and between 1680-81 the well-known Swedish architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger was commissioned to design the palace and the two wings. The manor was owned by the Fersen family between 1735-1873. In 1810 Axel von Fersen was murdered and a monument for him was erected at Steninge in 1813. In 1873 Baron von Otter buys Steninge and a stone barn was built west of the palace. Today the palace is privately owned by Steninge Palace Cultural Centre, but open to the public.

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Founded: 1680-1705
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)

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Klara Lee (13 months ago)
I expected to go inside a palace but it is closed and picnic is also not allowed in the garden. It is private house. Restaurant is ok. Stores sell homeinterior items it is nothing special that I can buy Alhens or online shopping They need to develope more if they want to make money for tourism.
Alessandro Sorrentino (13 months ago)
Nice park for a stroll. It is a pity it closes down at 17, even during the summer it seems when the days are long and beautiful.
M B Mahmood (2 years ago)
Nice place. Nature
Vinod Thomas (2 years ago)
Good spot for a day trip. Large grounds and a maze too, so wear your walking shoes. Bring your own food, there's plenty of grassy lawns to make a picnic of it. Children's play area keeps the little ones occupied. There are eateries and shops for some retail therapy. It's a tourist spot, so its expensive. Steningebadet is just a hop away and is a great spot to round off the day.
Simon Larsson (2 years ago)
A closed, private palace with some very unimaginative baroque gardens. The building itself may be worth a quick look, and there are some good views around, but don't expect ... well anything much, really.
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