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Skokloster Castle Is one of the largest ­baroque castles in Sweden.
Skokloster Castle Is one of the largest ­baroque castles in Sweden.

Photo: Erika Gerdemark

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Take a Castle Cruise near Stockholm

The archipelago around Stockholm is perfect for a boat cruise. Why not combine it with a tour of a fantastic castle?

It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate way to approach Skokloster Castle, which sits majestically on the shores of Lake Mälaren between Stockholm and Uppsala, than by boat. Indeed, this was how guests arrived in the 17th century.

Skokloster is one of the largest baroque castles in Sweden, with 80 rooms and one of the world’s foremost 17th century museums. It was built during Sweden’s golden age, commissioned by Count Carl Gustaf Wrangel and today you can see the count’s bedroom, dining room and the other rooms exactly as they looked over 350 years ago.

Children particularly enjoy the photography point where visitors can dress in 17th century frills and wigs.

The guided cruise here is an experience in itself. The boat trip takes 3.5 hours, starting from the City Hall in central Stockholm, and heads through Mälaren, Sweden’s third largest lake. There are countless sights to see along the way, including manor houses, swing bridges, ancient monuments, several more castles, including Rosersberg and Drottningholm, and beautiful nature.

During the voyage, there’s time to catch some sun on deck and enjoy a classic coffee and cinnamon bun. Along the way, knowledgeable guide Emma Frid talks about Stockholm's architecture, the growth of the suburbs around the capital, and the medieval town of Sigtuna.

There are several other places worth seeing in the area, such as Skokloster kyrka, the second oldest brick church in Sweden, and in Bålsta you’ll find Åbergs Museum, which contains art, cartoons and toys, plus one of the world’s best collections of Disney artifacts.

The boat makes several stops along the way, including Sigtuna, a fascinating small town with a remarkable history.

The castle café serves pastries, sandwiches and lunches. You can eat in the old kitchen or outside in the castle grounds. Other places to eat here include Sjövillan’s café and Macken, a former gas station with a simple café and restaurant.

Getting there by boat, bus and train

Strömma operates the ­Stockholm-Skokloster Castle boat route daily in summer. You can also get there by train and bus from Stockholm.

Photo: Erika Gerdemark

Skokloster church

There are several other attractions in the area, including the second oldest brick church in Sweden. Built in the 13th century for the Cistercian Nuns, in the 1600s it became the Wrangel Church. The whole Wrangel family is buried here. In Sjövillan next door, there is a small cafe.

Skokloster church

Västerhagsvägen 15, Stockholm

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Lars Åberg Art Museum

In Bålsta, the art and toy museum run by Swedish actor and artist Lasse Åberg has one of the best Disney collections in the world. There is also a shop, café and a jungle gym for ­children to play in.

Lars Åberg Art Museum

Kalmarvägen 10, Bålsta

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Sigtuna

The boat from Stockholm makes several stops along the way, including Sigtuna, which was actually the first city in the country, dating back to 970. There are several excellent cafes, such as Tant Brun’s coffee shop and RC Chocolat.

Sigtuna

193 30 Sigtuna

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Photo: Erika Gerdemark

Görväln Castle

Another stop along the boat route is the Görväln castle on the lake. It is now a fancy ­boutique hotel with award-winning restaurant and pretty surroundings. Well worth a lunch stop!

Görväln Castle

Görvälnsvägen, Järfälla

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Eat and drink

The Skokloster Castle café serves pastries, sandwiches and lunches. Sit inside in the old kitchen or outdoors in the castle garden. Nearby is also the Sjövillan Café and Macken, an old gas station with a simple café and fast food.

The Skokloster Castle café

Skoklostervägen 96 • skoklostersslott.se

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