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Linköping Castle

Swedish: Linköpings slott

Visit to the tourist attraction of Sweden - Linköping Castle: is Sweden's oldest preserved secular building, with parts from the 12th century. The area around Linköping was the seat of the House of Sverker during the early Middle Ages, and the center of the monastery and church building in Sweden. The castle was originally built as a bishop yard.

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Linköping became diocese in the late 1000's or early 1100's and the bishop yard and was built at the same time as Linköping Cathedral - started around 1120 and completed around 1160. The bishop yard was built into a bishop's stronghold by Birger Jarl's son, Benedict, who was the Duke of Finland and became a bishop in 1286. During Gustav Vasa reign, the bishop's stronghold was converted to royal castle in 1527. In 1570, the King John III was able to extend the castle with a new three story wing along the southern ring wall. During the time of Duke Charles - the future King Charles IX of Sweden, at the end of the 16th century, the castle was rebuilt to the renaissance castle.

Important historical event happened in the castle - Linköping Bloodbath: in 20 March 1600 was the public execution by beheading of five Swedish nobles in the aftermath of the War against Sigismund (1598–1599), which resulted in the de facto deposition of the Polish and Swedish King Sigismund III Vasa as king of Sweden.

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Opening hours

Wednesday-Sunday: -.

Admission fees

  • Adults: 60 SEK
  • Students with International Student Identity Card: 40 SEK
  • Childrens 7-18 year: 30 SEK

Group Guided Tours

A guided tour to group is available for groups of maximum 25 visitors.

Weekdays - -: 900 SEK pluss Admission fees 50 SEK per every visitor.

Evenings and weekends: 1000 SEK pluss Admission fees 60 SEK per every visitor.

Address & Geo coordinates

  • Visit to Linköping Castle
  • Borggården
  • SE-582 28
  • Linköping
  • Östergötland County
  • Sweden

Latitude: 58.410553

Longitude: 15.616078

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