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Kastelholm Castle (Swedish: Kastelholms slott) is a Swedish-built medieval castle located off Road 2 in Sund, Åland, Finland, approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of Mariehamn, overlooking a fjord to the south of the village of Kastelholm. Along with Hämeenlinna, Olavinlinna in Savonlinna, Raseborg, and Turku, Kastelholm is one of only five surviving Finnish medieval fortresses that are also considered to be architecturally substantial. Built in the 14th century, and held in fief during the Middle Ages by various nobles, feudal chiefs, and kings, it had significant period in the 15th and 16th centuries.Work out when and for how long to visit Kastelholm Castle and other Aland Island attractions using our handy Aland Island road trip planning tool.
Built in the 14th century, originally on a small island surrounded by moats filled with water and planted with several rows of poles, the castle has been of strategic importance in consolidating Swedish authority over the Baltic over the last several centuries; with several Swedish monarchs parading through the history. It was first damaged in the 1599 civil war when it came under the control of King Charles IX and was rebuilt by 1631. The castle was gutted and ruined in 1745. In the 1930s, it was partially used as a granary. However, since then it has been refurbished and is now an important part of the tourist circuit in Åland.
Kastelholm Castle reviews
One of the most beautiful castles I have visited. This said even though did not have a chance to fully enjoy it as I was with 17mo toddler.
One of the most beautiful castles I have visited. This said even though did not have a chance to fully enjoy it as I was with 17mo toddler. more »
An easy drive from Mariehamn by car, surprisingly we ended spending a good part of the afternoon here. It’s a cluster of sights including a prison, preserved wooden buildings and the castle itself...
An easy drive from Mariehamn by car, surprisingly we ended spending a good part of the afternoon here. It’s a cluster of sights including a prison, preserved wooden buildings and the castle itself... more »
This place across from the wonderful Smakbyn restaurant. We got there too late to go into the castle, but roamed the historic buildings with descriptions of how it would have been. Very interesting.
This place across from the wonderful Smakbyn restaurant. We got there too late to go into the castle, but roamed the historic buildings with descriptions of how it would have been. Very interesting. more »
Highly recommend visiting Kastelholm! The self-guided tour with the provided guide book is a must, the layout and information was really well done. Fun to walk around, it’s a well preserved castle with a cool history.
Great place if you like castles. Tour inside castle was nice with walks quite high along the wall. Also the small museum village next to castle was nice.
Always a great trip with the boat up here! Restaurant and/or a great walk amongst the old buildings. The marina is ok but charging €60 for a longside spot when tje harbour is 20% full is a bit over the top? The overcharging trend is obvious but it means people won't visit.
Very pleasant and historical place to visit. Worth to see in Åland. There are also headsets to listen the historical story of this castle. Not sure how it is, however the views and sign posts tell enough for travelers. Don't forget to visit the prison and Jan Karlsgården around this place. For hungry people there is also a place to eat very cool food. Local lamb and some salmon soup. Go for it
Nice to walk around the nature areas after you finish touring the castle
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