Medieval Castles in Scandinavia
Medieval castles in Scandinavia. Castles and fortresses in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Viking castles. Pictures of beautiful Scandinavian architecture.
Castles in Sweden
Royal Palace in Stockholm
Residence of Swedish kings. The first building on this site was a fortress with a core tower built in the 13th century by Birger Jarl to defend Lake Mälaren.
Gripsholm castle is one of the finest castles in Sweden. Renaissance castle built around 1380.
Bohus castle is Swedish castle located on borders with Norway. Castle was controlled by Norway, Norway-Denmark and by Sweden today. Construction began in 1308 under King Haakon V Magnuson, king of Norway.
Carlsten, located on the western Swedish cost served as fortress protecting province of Bohuslän.
Swedish royal castle of 16th century founded by Gustav Vasa. Uppsala was religious center of Sweden.
Vyborg is a Swedish castle located in present Finland. Medieval fortress from 13th century, built by orders of Torkel Knutsson, the Lord High Constable of Sweden who made in 1290s a so-called crusade to Karelia, the so-called Third Finnish Crusade, actually aimed against Russians in Novgorod. Vyborg castle is a place of famous medieval tournaments and events.
Castles in Norway
Akershus castle is a medieval castle that was built to protect Oslo, the present capital of Norway. The castle has also been used as a prison.
Trondheim was capital of Norway during age of vikings.
Sverresborg castle in Bergen
Medieval fortress built by king Sverre Sigurdsson (1150–1202).
Castles in Denmark
Kronborg is located in Copenhagen, also known as as Elsinore (Helsingør) in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Kronborg castle was built in the 1420s by the Danish king, Eric of Pomerania.
Aggersborg is the biggest Danish viking fortresses, built at the same time period as the Trelleborg, Fyrkat and Nonnebakken viking fortresses in 980-981 AD by King Harald Bluetooth.
Egeskov is a formidable Danish water castle built in 14th century.
Winter residence of Danish kings. Other royal residences in Denmark: Fredensborg Palace, Marselisborg Palace, Gråsten Palace, The Hermitage Palace, Sorgenfri Palace, Château de Cayx, Schackenborg Castle.
Largest renaissance castle in Scandinavia. Frederiksborg castle is a castle in Hillerød, Denmark. It was built as a royal residence for King Christian IV, and is now known as The Museum of National History.