Nääs Castle

Floda, Sweden

Nääs Castle is a 17th century mansion near Gothenburg, Sweden. In the later half of the 19th century Nääs became world renowned through its Crafts College and for more than 50 years it was regarded as 'Swedens window to the world'.

According to legend, King Kristian II built a castle for hunting parties at Näs. The first historical evidence on Nääs Estate however, derives from record dated 3 October 1529. The first known owner, Joen Småswen, constructed a large manor on the promontory in Lake Savelången. At the end of the 16th century the estate was owned by the governor of west Sweden, Göran Eriksson Ulfsparre. It was subsequently owned by Ulfsparres family members and the noble families Lilliehöök, Natt och Dag, Cronsköld, Oxenstierna, Göthenstierna, von Utfall and Reenstierna.

1824 the estate was sold to Peter Wilhelm Berg, a wholesaler from Gothenburg. After his death the property was divided between his surviving children (only 3 out of his 10 children survived childhood). Bergs’ son Theodor and his daughter Nensy were allotted Nääs factories. The youngest son, Gottfrid, received the rest of the estate, including the mansion. A memorial stone to the 7 dead brothers and sisters was raised in the Castle gardens at the northern side of the mansion. In 1868 the mansion and associated land was sold to August Abrahamson, yet another wholesaler from Gothenburg. Abrahamson founded the famous Crafts College and donated the entire property to the State after his death in 1897, in order to secure continuity for the Nääs educational programme.

The main building on the cultural heritage site of Nääs estate, Nääs Castle, is now museum open to the public, daily between May-September (only guided tours) as well as for pre-booked group-appointments outside of the tourist season.

The estate exists of a number of historic buildings open to the public. In addition to a restaurant, café, art & crafts shop and west Sweden’s very own heritage foundation, byggnadsvård Nääs, a range of exciting public events are organized each year (more information and Nääs Castle and Crafts College home page). Art & Crafts courses, though in a far lesser extent, are still practiced in one of the buildings.

The old stable is now home to a horse riding school and Nääs horse association. Beside several nature and walking trails, Nääs estate also provides Bed & Breakfast as well as conference accommodations. During the summer several craft courses are held at the ’Slöjdseminariet’, the crafts college official building.

Nääs Castle and Crafts College is administered and maintained by August Abrahamsons foundation, a Swedish government administration.

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Nääs allé 8, Floda, Sweden
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Founded: 17th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)

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en.wikipedia.org
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User Reviews

Fredrik Nord (3 years ago)
Beautiful but not magnificent. The café was a bit short on options, but that might be due to the time of the year. IDK. The berrycake was really good anyway.
Amra Trako (3 years ago)
Beautiful nature and forest trails to explore. A good place for a picknick, a swim in the lake, canoeing, horsebackriding, or just a walk. The food/drinks offer in the cafè could be better, don't expect too much but basic brewed coffee and plain food.
Fjollë Novakazi (3 years ago)
Beautiful area to hike. The tour around the lake is really nice with occasional swimming spots. Perfect for a summer day!
Henrik Grönvall (3 years ago)
Another mansion rather than castle where you need to buy tickets to enter with guided tours. Maybe some other time...
Allison Lancaster (3 years ago)
My boyfriend and I toured the castle during a getaway to the Nääs area. Our tour guide Frederik (with the great mustache) was super passionate and knowledgeable about the mansion. I feel that I learned more history about Sweden in this guided tour than in going to multiple museums. Since we only speak English, he stayed late to answer our questions about the home which was above and beyond our expectations. The home is a true time stamp as almost everything has been kept as it was left years ago. The price is very reasonable. Would definitely recommend if you’re in the area!
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