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Skokloster Castle
Skoklostersslott.jpg
Country Sweden
Place On the shores of Lake Mälaren between Stockholm and Uppsala
Short Description The biggest castle ever built in Sweden
Visitors 2010 38240
Website www.skoklostersslott.se

Skokloster Castle was constructed in the 1654 to 1676 by the Swedish fieldmarshal Count Carl Gustaf Wrangel and is the biggest castle ever built in Sweden. Here at Skokloster, Carl Gustaf Wrangel – potentate, fashion freak and big spender – created a stately home of European style. Just like continental princes, he endeavoured to understand the world by collecting art and antiques as well as natural specimens.


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About the Heritage Site

  • Country: Sweden (Uppland)
  • Location: Located on the shores of Lake Mälaren between Stockholm and Uppsala
  • Type of location: Baroque castle, 80 rooms filled with 50,000 objects.
  • Website: www.skoklostersslott.se
  • Facebook: [1]
  • Postal Adress:
Skokloster Slott, S-74696 Skokloster, Sweden
phone: +46 84023060
e-mail: info@skoklostersslott.se

Accessibility of Heritage Site

  • Opening times:
May 1 to June 14 & Sept., Sat-Sun 12.00-16.00
June 15 to Aug. 31, daily 11.00-17.00
Open good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday, Autumn break and first Sunday in Advent.
Guided tours are offered daily during the season. Pre-Booked tours for groups throughout the year.
  • Entrance fee :
70 SEK, guided tour + entrance 110 SEK
Free admission for children and young people under 19.


  • How to get there
Skokloster is on a peninsula in Lake Mälaren between Stockholm, Uppsala and Enköping, not far from Sigtuna and Arlanda.
By car:
From Stockholm: take the E18 for Oslo/Enköping, turning off at Bro onto the 269/263 and following the signs for Skokloster. This is only 70 km, but it will take you an hour or so. Alternatively you can follow the E4 northwards, leaving by the Märsta exit for the 263, which takes you past Sigtuna and from there to Skokloster and Enköping. After you leave the 263 for the Sko peninsula (Skohalvön) you drive for 12 km along a country road traversing historic ground and lined with runestones and lush farmland.
From Uppsala: take Dag Hammarskjölds Väg to the other side of the Flottsundsbron bridge, by Gamla Stockholmsvägen (the old Stockholm road) to Vassunda. Turn off there for Sigtuna. Skokloster, 50 km from Uppsala, is signposted at the Österby intersection.
From Västerås-Enköping: take the E18 towards Stockholm. Turn off for Skokloster at the Bålsta exit and follow the signs. Skokloster is 28 km from Bålsta. You can park next to the church. Parked cars round the Castle are liable to spoil the atmosphere, but ask the staff if you need an exception to be made.


By boat:
From Uppsala see MS Karl Gustaf.
From Stockholm and Sigtuna see Strömma Kanalbolaget


By train and bus :
From Stockholm: commuter train (pendeltåg) to Bålsta (go for the front coaches), changing to UL bus no. 311 for Skokloster. The journey takes roughly an hour and a quarter. On an SL pass the fare is two extra coupons, due to Bålsta being in the County of Uppsala.
From Västerås: SJ train to Bålsta, changing to UL bus no. 311 for Skokloster.
From Uppsala: UL bus no. 895 to Bålsta, changing at Yttergran Church (kyrka) to UL bus no. 311 for Skokloster. This journey takes an hour and 40 minutes.
For further information, have a look at the map.

Size/capacities of Heritage Site

  • The territory of Skokloster Castle is m²
  • Floor space of Skokloster Castle - m²
  • Total exhibition floor space - m²

Number of visitors in Heritage Site

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
39 581 40 371 44 760 38 668 45 240

Visitor's structure, behaviour, satisfaction

Visitors of Skokloster Castle
Reference Year 2011
Average age of visitors 42.5 years
Share of international visitors 18 %
Average group size 5.2
Characteristics of visit: trip from holiday destination 30 %
Characteristics of visit: trip from home 61 %
Characteristics of visit: touring 9 %
Share of first time visitors 63 %
Time spent at attraction: up to 2 hours 54 %
Time spent at attraction: more than 2 hours 46 %
Awareness of attraction: personal recommendation 38 %
Awareness of attraction: Internet 14 %
Awareness of attraction: travel guide/other attractions 18 %
Overall Satisfaction with visit 4.4 (average)
Satisfaction: Price 3.9 (average)
Satisfaction: Opening hours 4.0 (average)
Satisfaction: Service 4.4 (average)
Satisfaction: Information 4.1 (average)

During the summer of 2011, all Heritage Sites engaged in the Agora 2.0 project have conducted visitor surveys at their sites, using a common questionnaire. The aim of this surveys is to receive comparable results of all these sites concerning visitor structure, visitor behaviour and visitor satisfaction. In Skokloster Castle 151 inteviews were realised. Below you find the Skokloster results in detail. In the Infobox to your right you see central results at one glance which will also be covered in benchmarking reports to compare them with other heritage sites.

Visitor's structure

  • Sex: 56% Female; 44% Male
  • Age: Average 42.5 years
0-19 years: 6%
20-39 years: 43%
40-59 years: 34%
60+ years: 17%
  • Country:
  1. Sweden (82%)
  2. UK (3%)
  3. Spain (3%)
  4. Netherlands (2%)
  • Characteristics of visit:
61% excursion from home
30% excursion from holiday destination
9% touring (travelling around)

Visitor's behaviour

  • First time visitors: 63%; Repeating visitors: 37%
  • How did the visitors become aware of Heritage Site?
  1. Friends/relatives (35%)
  2. Internet (14%)
  3. Guides/brochures (13%)
  4. Other attractions (5%)
  5. Newspaper/magazine (5%)
  6. By chance/passing by (3%)
  7. Tourist information (3%)
  • How did the visitors get to the Heritage Site?
  1. Car/caravan (57%)
  2. Walking (23%)
  3. Public transportation (12%)
  4. Booked tour/excursion (6%)
  • How much time did the visitors spend in Heritage Site?
15% up to 1 hour
39% 1-2 hours
46% more than 2 hours

Visitors satisfaction

The guest survey also covers in great detail the satisfaction of the guest with different aspects of the visit. The figueres shown are the average of a scale from 5 (very satisfied) to 1 (not satisfied at all).

  • Overall satisfaction with visit: 4.4
  • Satisfaction with different aspects of the visit:
Admission price: 3.9
Price performance ratio: 4.0
Options for transport to the attraction: 3.4
Service/assistance: 4.4
Opening hours: 4.0
Child friendliness: 3.9
Parking facilities: 3.9
Content of attraction: 4.4
Information about attraction: 4.1
Sanitary facilities: 3.8
Cleanliness: 4.2
Shopping facilities: 3.8
Catering facilities: 3.9

Marketing etc.

  • Marketing efforts:
  • Printing material:
  • Participation in tourist fairs:
  • Information about museum services and events ...
  • Information about upcoming events and interesting changes is also available on the Skokloster Castle Facebook account


  • Cooperations: Skokloster Castle is closely cooperating with other members of the Association of Castles and Museums Around the Baltic Sea, especially Narva and Häme Castle in order to promote the association and through it the common history and heritage of the castles around the Baltic Sea.

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