Kastelholms Slott

Kastelholms Slott information

Location
Sund , Finland
Telephone
+358 18 432 150
More information
www.kastelholm.ax
Prices
adult/child €6/4.50
Opening hours
10am-5pm mid-May–Jun & Aug–mid-Sep, to 6pm Jul
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One of Åland’s premier sights is this breathtaking 14th-century castle on a picturesque little inlet (signposted off Rd 2). The keep towers are 15m high in parts, with walls of 3m-thick red granite: it’s easy to see how it would once have ruled over Åland. Exhibits showcase the castle’s evolution and archaeological finds including a medieval silver-coin hoard. English-language tours (included in admission) depart at 2pm Saturday and Sunday from June to early August, lasting around 45 minutes.

Several extensions followed the castle's initial construction, most notably by Gustav Wasa. Mad king Eric XIV, deposed by an uprising in 1569, was moved from prison to prison around the Swedish kingdom. He spent three months here, shut up (according to tradition at least) in a tiny chamber in the Kuretorn keep. A fire in 1745 reduced the castle to ruins: only the northern wing survived.