The history of Mälsåker Castle
The history of Mälsåker palace stretches back to the Middle Ages when it probably was a simple stone house. The castle is situated on the island Selaön in lake Mälaren. Mälaren is the third largest lake of Sweden and Selaön is known for its many ancient monuments.
During Sweden’s period as a great power in Europe in the 17th century the palace was owned by the Soop family. The famous architect Nikodemus Tessin was engaged to alter the building into one of the grandest baroque palaces in Sweden.
The house was extended, wings and a terrace with stairs facing the see were added. During the 18th century the interiors were partly changed into the rococo style. At the end of the 19th century the house was modernized with electricity, water and central heating.
The 1940s turned out to be the most dramatic decennium for Mälsåker.1943-1945 Mälsåker was owned by the State of Norway and used for training of approximately 2,000 soldiers living in hutments. The castle was used as an office and accommodation for officers and commands.
A very cold day in January 1945 all fireplaces in the castle are used, which causes the chimney shaft to crack, the roof catches fire and the catastrophe is a fact. The roof fell in and the richly ornamented stucco ceilings on the third floor were destroyed.
A great deal of the noble baroque palace had turned into a ruin.
In the 1990s Mälsåker started to regain its former glory. A building workshop was established and parts of the castle were restored using old building techniques and traditional materials.
Stucco ceilings were re-created as was the beautiful patterned wooden floors.
Since 2007 an association is responsible for making the castle available for visitors. During summertime the castle is open for individual visitors as well as for pre-booked group visits. In the palace you will find an exhibition from the “Norway-era”, an exhibition from the period around 1900 and also several artists showing their work in the beautiful rooms.
You are welcome to have some refreshments in the newly established café- and exhibition building, located just next to the castle with an astonishing view of the lake.
Tours in English are available for pre booked groups all year round, please get in contact with us for more information.
Visit Mälsåker Castle!
Ta en tur till Mälsåkers Slott
Mälsåker Castle is two miles north of Mariefred. By car you go to Stallarholmen, turn right towards Ytterselö and then follow signs for Mälsåkers castle.
The journey takes about 30 minutes from Mariefred / Strängnäs
Address: Mälsåkers Gods 4
645 97 Stallarholmen
WGS 84 (lat, lon): N 59° 22.744′, E 17° 16.526′
WGS 84 decimal (lat, lon): 59.37906, 17.27544
RT90: 6585187, 1583570
SWEREF99 TM: 6584472, 629273