Uppsala Castle

Uppsala Castle has played a central role in the Swedish history.

A captivating history

The history of Uppsala Castle (Slott) goes way back, and the construction was in 1549 during the reign of King Gustav Vasa, played a central role in the history of both Uppsala and Sweden over a long period.

In this period, many crucial events in Swedish history took place, such as the Sture Murders in 1567, and the decision by Gustav II Adolf that Sweden should participate in what would later develop into the Thirty Years' War.

It was in the Rikssalen (Hall of State) of the castle that Schering Rosenhane announced the abdication of Queen Kristina on June 6, 1654.

Reconstruction more times

Like many other castles, Uppsala Castle was severely damaged by fire in 1702, being practically reduced to ruins. The rebuilt and reconstruction took many years and was hampered by the remains of the castle being used as a quarry for stone to be used in building Stockholm Palace.

Furthermore, the façade of the castle has been renovated in the early 2000s and now bears the original, bright colour it had during Carl Hårleman's restoration in the 1740s.

Uppsala Castle presenting and including three fascinating museums today – Uppsala konstmuseum (Uppsala Art Museum), Fredens Hus (House of Peace) and Vasaborgen.  The castle is the residence of the county governor. Uppsala Slott offers art and architecture history tours in Swedish and English.


Drottning Christinas väg 1E
75237 Uppsala
Capital Region
+46 18 727 24 80

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  • Lattitude: 59.858564
  • Longitude: 17.638927