Hultaby Castle Ruins

Vetlanda, Sweden

The building of Hultaby Castle was begun in the second half of the 13th century and it was inhabited in the middle of the 14th century by the Swedish councillor of the realm and earl of the Orkney Islands, Erengisle Sunesson (Bååt).

Together with the castle itself, which is 28 by 32 metres, the castle area consists of a group of 10 building foundations, which lie in an L-formation on the southern and eastern sides of the castle. There used to be an additional fifteen or so buildings spread out outside the castle area. The upper part of the castle, which consisted of a great room, two minor rooms and a tower, and the surrounding buildings, were of timber.

The castle is thought to have been burnt by Count Henrik of Holstein (known as “Järn Henrik”, Iron Henrik), the bailiff of King Albrecht, during the 1360s, at which time there was civil strife between the rival Swedish kings Magnus Eriksson and Albrecht of Mecklenburg.

The area around the old ruins shows many traces of the old cultivated landscape. Apart from the mounds of stones left by the farming of times past, there also remain plants that are favoured by hay making and grazing, such as leopard’s bane, greater yellow-rattle and common milkwort.

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Karlslund 1, Vetlanda, Sweden
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Ruins in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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www.vetlanda.se

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Jörgen Agerskov (4 months ago)
Here we are talking about old culture. From time immemorial
Glenn Eldmeister (4 months ago)
Royal
dirks dingsdabums (7 months ago)
not much more about, from the castle: O but an interesting story and definitely worth seeing, especially since it is very beautiful at the lake when the weather is good! unfortunately, assistants throw their rubbish here carelessly, assistants ...
Linda Ednarsson (8 months ago)
The castle is relatively well preserved and beautifully situated by the water. Its story is really interesting, but why let it graze on the whole ruin so it is filled with sheep poop?
Bengt Andersson (3 years ago)
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