In the park and ornamental gardens of Drottningholm Palace

In the end Spring is right behind the corner again and if Sweden is in your plans, among your best preferred destinations for enjoying holidays, definitely, Drottningholm Palace and its fabulous Baroque styled gardens are worth a visit when you are in the nearby of Stockholm. It takes a very short trip to get there. As I already took chance of writing in the past about my visit to Drottningholm Palace, an exhaustive guided tour, run by well qualified staff, is highly recommended for those, who love to learn a bit more about history, art and culture of Sweden. By the lovely café in front of the palace, you may order a cup of warm coffee and perhaps a delicious cake and then sit by the mesmerizing waters for enjoying the beautiful landscape of nature, which is offered to you, and the sight of ducks and swans chasing each other. On the right side of the palace, follow the path that heads to the free entrance of the gardens. Have a dip in the wonderful architecture of the gardens, where the inspiration for French Baroque motifs comes from Versailles and Chantilly. Enjoy a long walk through the majestic gardens of Drottningholm Palace, explore the full area until you will be on the route for the stunning Lovö Nature Reserve.

A journey to Skokloster Castle, Sweden

Skoklosters slott

My journey to Skokloster Castle took place on a beautiful morning, during early Autumn season. At the Central Station, in Stockholm, I caught the train heading to Bålsta and then the bus for Skokloster. Travelling by train at first and then by bus was smooth and it took about 75 minutes to get to the final destination. Besides, it was the opportunity to relax and enjoy the wonderful view of green nature outside the window, while we were approaching to Skokloster.

Skoklosters slott
Skoklosters slott
Skoklosters slott

The majestic architecture in Baroque style is situated on a peninsula by the Mälaren lake, along the route between Stockholm and Uppsala. The idea of the castle was conceived and realized by Carl Gustaf Wrangel and his wife, Anna Margareta von Haugwitz, in the middle of the seventeenth century and, nowadays, the castle is considered an historical monument belonging to the Swedish Age of Greatness in Europe.

Entering the Skokloster Castle was like entering the history of Sweden, an amazing chapter bound to the finest expression of art represented by the well preserved life of ancient works of art present in it for centuries, such as collections of paintings, textiles treasures, precious furniture, silver and glass tableware, ceramics, artisan decorations, porcelain and majolica thousands of books and weapons.

After an exhaustive guided tour, I kept on visiting the castle and the surrounding area by myself. So, I enjoyed a long bucolic walk in the beautiful garden, among apple, chestnut and lime trees, visited one of the oldest churches in Sweden made of bricks and, in the end, I had a delicious tender roast beef, au gratin potatoes and some marinated vegetables by the small coffee bar in the rooms of the castle.

Skoklosters slott

I hope you enjoyed the reading and, of course, if you come in Sweden, the Skokloster castle is really worth a visit. Thank you