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Arlanda, 195 05
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The Tyresö Palace served as an accommodation for Marquis Claes Lagergren in the early 1700s. Guided tours are available that will take you through most parts of this palace. The original features in the rooms have been well-maintained. You will find a restaurant and a conference hall in the west wing.
Rosersberg Palace, built by the Oxenstierna family in the 1630s, was named after the founder's mother's family name, Tre Rosor. In the 1740s it was acquired by Baron Erland Broman, and in 1757, the palace became a royal residence. Built in the Renaissance style, the palace was redesigned according to Baroque standards by Tessin, in the seventeenth century. Some of the interiors have traces of the neo-classical and empire styles. To reach the palace, take the commuter train to Rosersberg and then walk the rest of the way (2km), or catch a boat from Stadshuskajen. Open to pre-booked tours only; see website for details. Palace Park is open year-round.
This modest little information center can give you the goods on everything going on in Sigtuna. Opening and closing times, dinner reservations, and arrangements for tours and boat trips can be made here, and the staff is invariably English-speaking in addition to being knowledgeable.
Skokloster Castle was uninhabited for many years and was never quite completed. The construction took place during the period of 1654-1677 under the direction of architects Caspar Vogel and Nicodemus Tessin Sr. Commander Carl Gustaf Wrangel, who had acquired an interest in palatial construction when he was overseeing the renovations of two Renaissance palaces on the island of Rügen, commissioned Skokloster. In the banqueting hall, one of the halls that remained unfinished, tools from the construction work are on display. The palace was purchased by the state in 1967, and with its adjoining gardens it is an interesting example of the Baroque style that was prevalent during the mid-seventeenth century. Guided tours are available every hour, and tickets cost SEK60, with discounts available for children, students and senior citizens. There is a souvenir shop, a palace café and a craft workshop for children.
This park is situated on the northern end of a peninsula, just across the sound from Uppsala. Though it is a peninsula, it is most conveniently reached from Uppsala by water, as the nearest road connection is some distance south, a good deal closer to Stockholm. Apart from activities like hiking and camping, the park has large dunes and open spaces that are used for activities like ATV'ing.
A quaint little community church located in the center of Enebyberg, the Enebykyrkan follows the principles of ecumenicalism, which is an idea that is related to unity and universality. Playing an important part in bringing the community together, through spirituality and religion, the church organizes various events that focus on uniting the community. See the website or call to know more.
This is one of the many nature preserves that gird the shores of Lake Mälaren. It contains extensive hiking trails as well as a few choice coves and inlets that are great for swimming, boating and fishing.
Lake Mälaren is as much a part of Swedish cultural history as their language or their cuisine. Not truly a lake in the sense that it drains into the Baltic, it was in fact separated by a strip of land as recently as the 19th Century, but with the digging of the Södertälje canal, Mälaren once again became an inlet of the sea. The Lake has an almost uncountable number of small inlets and harbors, and its many twists and turns hide tons of peninsulas and islands. It offers both easy access by water to its many secrets and demands a high level of familiarity in order to find them, and thus has long been the summer retreat and wilderness vacation spot of Swedes of all social classes and professions. Today, it is still a great jumping off point for those in search of green and growing spaces that are not too far away from civilization.
Ulriksdals palace was originally called Jacobsdal after Jacob de la Gardie, for whom the palace was built in the 1640s. Originally built in Renaissance style, it has been transformed several times by Nicodemus Tessin. Queen Hedvig Eleonora purchased the palace in 1684, and gifted it to her newborn grandson, Prince Ulrik, after which it was renamed Ulriksdal. For over two decades the palace was used as a hospital, but became a royal residence again for Crown Prince Karl and Crown Princess Lovisa. The famous 1923 living room with furniture designed by Carl Malmsten is one of the finest Swedish 20th-century interiors. The Orangerie, dating from the late 17th Century, is now a museum for sculpture. Under King Adolf Fredrik and Queen Lovisa Ulrika the old riding school was turned into a theater, which was very popular during summer. To get to the palace, take the subway to Bergshamra and then bus number 540.
Ulriksdals Slottspark at the Ulriksdals Slott is a verdant garden that makes for a scenic delight. Set against the backdrop of the majestic castle, the lush green lawns are a sight to behold. The park, like the palace, is open to the public only from the month of June to August. Though, from time to time, the place is known to host a large number of cultural events. Check website for more details.
This little nature preserve is sandwiched between a wooded hillock and the banks of the Fyris. It is not large, but does contain some of the finest options for camping, hiking and picnicking.
If you are interested in theatre history, a visit to Confidencen, the Ulriksdal Palace Theatre, is essential. Confidencen is actually older than the better-known Drottningholm Palace Theatre; the interior, created in Rococo style by Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz in 1753, is the oldest in Sweden. The name Confidencen comes from an ingenious contraption in the royal apartment, right next to the auditorium: a so-called table à confidence which was lowered into the basement through a hatch in the floor, set by the servants and then raised up to the apartment again. After the death of king Gustav III, none of the royal Highnesses had much of a theatrical interest, and Confidencen was all but forgotten about until the early twentieth century. Today, Confidencen is operated by a foundation and in the summertime it offers a star-studded programme of concerts, plays and operas.