Stora Sundby Castle.

© Bert Bastias/Shutterstock

Stora Sundby Slott

Top choice in Central Sweden

Occupying tranquil lands on the shores of Lake Hjälmaren, this outstanding castle was built in the 16th century in the Renaissance style and later transformed over 16 years (to 1848) into the turreted neo-Gothic fortress that's today home to the Klingspor family. The family has owned and occupied the estate since 1888. You're free to respectfully wander the castle's beautiful grounds and admire its fairy-tale form. Better still, contact the castle in advance to arrange a guided tour of its palatial rooms.

The castle is located just over 30km southwest of Eskilstuna – you'll need your own wheels to get here.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Central Sweden attractions

1. Parken Zoo

14.56 MILES

Parken Zoo, 1.5km west of the town centre, is one of central Sweden’s most popular family attractions. The 80-plus animal species represented include…

2. Rademachersmedjorna

15.36 MILES

The Rademacher Forges uphold the 17th-century traditions of Eskilstuna’s iron-working past in a series of pretty, well-preserved historic buildings that…

3. Eskilstuna Konstmuseum

15.56 MILES

Of this ambitious art gallery's permanent collection of over 1000 works from the 17th century to today, around 120 pieces are displayed at any given time…

4. Fiholms Slott

16.06 MILES

This Dutch-French Renaissance-styled castle was completed around 1630. Private tours (price on application) can be booked for small groups, but otherwise,…

5. Ebelingmuseet

16.1 MILES

Located 7km north of Eskilstuna in the village of Torshälla, this museum features abstract steel sculptures by Allan Ebeling and paintings by his…

6. Sigurdsristningen

21.54 MILES

The vivid, 3m-long Viking Age rock carving Sigurdsristningen illustrates the story of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer, a hero whose adventures are described in…

7. Karlsgatan 2

27.93 MILES

Comprising the former Västmanland Länsmuseum (county museum) and Västerås Konstmuseum (art gallery) in a re-imagined industrial block near…

8. Västerås domkyrka

27.93 MILES

The fine brick-built Domkyrka was begun in the 12th century, although most of what you see today is late-14th-century work. It contains carved floor slabs…