The tide of history characterizes the idyllic small town of Mariefred. Stroll along small alleys with charming 18th century houses. Go shopping in the charming boutiques and sit down in one of the cosy cafées or restaurants.
The stately castle from the era of the Vasa kings stands on an islet in Lake Mälaren and is popular with visitors.
King Gustav Vasa built the castle in the 16th century, although its glory days came during the 18th century when Gustav III arrived in the city, bringing his entire court with him.
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The steam train chugs along the narrow gauge track between Mariefred and Taxinge Näsby in high season.
The steamship has operated the Stockholm-Mariefred route since 1903.
Board the charming steamboat Mariefred, witch will take you on the "cake tour" to the famous cake table at Taxinge Castle.
The well-preserved town centre features many small shops, restaurants and cafés.
Callanderska gården, the home of a wealthy bourgeois family at the turn of the last cetury.
Today host to a local homestead museum set in a beautiful garden brimming with flowers and herbs, as well as a paintbrush museum.
The church was completed in 1701 and is a typical building from the days when Sweden was a great power.
Some call it the “queens’ church” as queens Christina, widow of Karl IX, and Hedvig Eleonora, widow of Karl X, both contributed funds to the building of a church on the hill by Lake Mälaren.
The church was erected at the end of the 12th century but was abandoned when the new church was completed in 1624.
It was preserved in the 1920s. A rune stone from the 11th century is built in to the wall of the church porch.
Kurt Tucholsky was a German journalist and social critic who lived in Mariefred for a short time.
He was so delighted that the latter wrote the book Schloss Gripsholm, a love story. He is buried in Mariefreds cemetery and the tomb is visited each year by many Germans.