Uppsala Castle (Uppsala Slott), Uppsala

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Government Building · Historic Site
Uppsala Castle (Swedish: Uppsala slott) is a 16th-century royal castle in the historic city of Uppsala, Sweden. Throughout much of its early history, the castle played a major role in the history of Sweden.

The medieval Archbishop's Castle in Uppsala was close to the site of the present-day Archbishop's Palace, west of the cathedral, and was confiscated by King Gustav I Vasa during the protestant reformation. King Gustav I ordered the construction of the renaissance castle in 1549, on the present site on a hill south of Uppsala Cathedral, with the old Archbishop's Castle being used for building material and subsequently demolished.

Uppsala Castle was built during the time Sweden was on its way to become a great power in Europe. Kings Erik XIV, John III and Charles IX all remodeled and expanded the citadel into a representative Renaissance palace. During Erik XIV's reign, the castle was the site of the Sture Murders. In 1630, King Gustavus II Adolphus announced the decision that Sweden should participate in the Thirty Years' War. It was in the castle that the Swedish government announced the abdication of Queen Kristina in 1654.

Uppsala Castle was supposedly seriously damaged by fire in 1702. Reconstruction took many years and was indeed hampered by the remains of the castle being used as a quarry for stone to be used in building Stockholm Palace.

Uppsala Castle was the administrative center of Uppland and the site of the Hall of State (Swedish: Rikssalen) for many years. Uppsala Castle is the residence of the County Governor of Uppsala County. Dag Hammarskjöld, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, spent his childhood days in the castle when his father, Hjalmar Hammarskjöld, was governor of Uppsala County. Today, the castle is also the site of the Uppsala Art Museum.
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  • Well located with excellent views of the city & botanical gardens. Green grounds & Walking area, some old cannons.  more »
  • I had a nice walk up to the castle and there is a great view of Uppsala and the Botanical Gardens. Because of the current situation, the only thing that was open was the art gallery but it was fun...  more »
  • The place looks nice, quite and all surrounded with green area, it's on the top and give you a very stunning view of the city. Recommended :) .. note: Haven't been inside yet.
  • Great ruins with lovely hour-long guided tour. Amazing how much of the original stonework remains from the mid-1500s. Spent 90 minutes here, very enjoyable. Cafe inside is excellent, plenty of rooms to find a seat and each room was a different temperature, which was fun. We were warm so we scouted the coolest castle room to enjoy our Cafe refreshments Huge bathroom is accessible, meaning setup for handicapped very nicely. There are two free museums on site as well as the ruins which charges small admission.
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