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Welcome to Mariefred

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.

Gripsholm Castle

The stately castle from the era of the Vasa kings stands on an islet in Lake Mälaren and is popular with visitors.

Gripsholms slott

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.
Gripsholm Castle web-site

Narrow Gauge Railway

The steam train chugs along the narrow gauge track between Mariefred and Taxinge Näsby in high season.

ÖSLJ, museijärnväg

 The tour can also be combined in different ways with the steamship “Mariefred” and the regular train to Stockholm.
Narrow Gauge Railway web-site

S/S Mariefred

The steamship has operated the Stockholm-Mariefred route since 1903.

Ångbåt, Mariefred

The coal fired steam boiler powers her quietly across the waters of Lake Mälaren. Standing on the dock watching her head in to Mariefred is an experience of its own.
S/S Mariefred web-site

Castles & Steam

Board the charming steamboat Mariefred, witch will take you on the "cake tour" to the famous cake table at Taxinge Castle.

Lilla hotellet

The cake table offers at least 60 different cakes. There is time to take a dip from the shallow beach before returning on the steam train on the narrow-gauge railway.
Narrow Gauge Railway web-site

Town Centre

The well-preserved town centre features many small shops, restaurants and cafés.

skylt Mariefred

The proximity to Lake Mälaren, guest harbour and steamboat jetty all contribute to a wonderful bustling atmosphere during the warmer months of the year.
Town Centre Mariefred web-site

Homestead Museum

Callanderska gården, the home of a wealthy bourgeois family at the turn of the last cetury.

Callanderska gården, Mariefred

Today host to a local homestead museum set in a beautiful garden brimming with flowers and herbs, as well as a paintbrush museum.

Church

The church was completed in 1701 and is a typical building from the days when Sweden was a great power.

Mariefreds kyrka

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.

Kärnbo Church Ruins

The church was erected at the end of the 12th century but was abandoned when the new church was completed in 1624.

Kärnbo kyrkoruin

It was preserved in the 1920s. A rune stone from the 11th century is built in to the wall of the church porch.

Deer park

Nature reserve.

Hjorthagen

The deer park is nature reserve adjacent to Gripsholm Castle with a great biological variety of trees and many deer. 
Gripsholm Castle web-site

Kurt Tucholsky (1890 – 1935)

Kurt Tucholsky was a German journalist and social critic who lived in Mariefred for a short time.

Lilla hotellet

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.

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