The 17th century was an exciting era for the city of Stockholm and there is certainly a plenty of heritage left behind after those who lived there that we can admire today. I have written several posts on wonderful places built during the era that you can read on our blog but there are still more to explore. Therefore, in this episode of our series Places of Interest as well as in a couple of following ones, I am going to point you to numerous places all across the Swedish capital that were built in the 1600s.

In this post, we look specifically at places that are located outside of the area that can traditionally be considered the Old Town. The places that follow are a bit spread out across several islands, so it might be hard for you to visit them all at once. Nevertheless, I want to stress here that I believe that despite not being located directly in the city centre, these attractions are absolutely worth your visit.

1. Scheffler Palace (Schefflerska palatset)

Scheffler Palace in Stockholm

Scheffler Palace located near the northern end of Drottninggatan was built in the last few years of the century as a summer residence for the merchant with German origins Hans Petter Scheffler. His initials can be found even at the top of the decorated gate facing the street. The origins of the former owner are reflected in the style of the property, too, as palaces with a pair of protruding wings on the sides of a taller main building were typical of German architecture at the time.
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2. Karlberg Palace (Karlbergs slott)

Karlberg Palace in Stockholm

Karlberg Palace panorama from Kungsholms strand.

Karlberg Palace in its original form was built in the 1630s, at the time without its characteristic extended wings facing the waterfront. Since then, the palace has been owned by several high-profile individuals including Marshal of the Realm Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie, King Karl XI, and King Gustav III. For more than 200 years now, Karlberg Palace has been the home of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences.
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3. Åkeshov Castle (Åkeshovs slott)

Åkeshov Castle in Stockholm

The castle located near the Judarskogen Nature Preserve in the Bromma borough was first turned into a noble residence in the mid-1600s by Marshal of the Realm Åke Axelsson Natt och Dag after whom to property is named to this day. The modern-day looks of Åkeshov Castle come mostly from the early 18th century, though, when one of its next owners Gabriel Stierncrona had it rebuilt.
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4. Kungsholms Church (Kungsholms kyrka)

Kungsholms Church in Stockholm

One of the most interesting buildings on the Kungsholmen island, the Kungsholms Church, was inaugurated in 1688. Due to financial difficulties, it took some 15 years since the foundation stone had been laid by King Karl XI until the inauguration. Even then the interior was far from completed nor the roof was ready. However, thanks to major reconstructions during the 20th century, the Kungsholms Church is now in near-perfect condition.
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5. Maria Magdalena Church (S:ta Maria Magdalena kyrka)

Maria Magdalena Church in Stockholm

Although the construction of Maria Magdalena Church began already in 1588, it was not inaugurated before 1634, which still makes it the oldest church on Södermalm. The church’s white-yellow façade belongs to the prettiest in Stockholm and thanks to a very recent reconstruction, now is a great time to enjoy it. Notice also the beautiful stone portals on the west and south.
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6. Van der Noot Palace (van der Nootska Palatset)

Van der Noot Palace in Stockholm

Van der Noot Palace located only a short walk from Maria Magdalena Church was built for the military officer and nobleman Thomas van der Noot in the 1670s. The palace has had a tough life and has almost been demolished on several occasions. Although it does not have the most prominent position in the city landscape today, it is worth a visit, if only for its decorated orange façade with some typical 17th-century décor.
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7. Katarina Church (Katarina kyrka)

Katarina Church in Stockholm

The church named after King Karl X Gustav’s mother Princess Katarina was first opened in 1695. It has been almost completely demolished in a fire first in 1723 and later as recently as 1990. In 1995, it was inaugurated again after the last fire and while today you may notice that the façade features a colour palette very similar to that of Maria Magdalena Church, the original, 17th-century façade was red with white details.
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Remember that these are only some of the most interesting buildings in Stockholm built during the era of the Swedish Empire. You can always find more on our site and in our Android app, and I am going to point you to similar places in other parts of the city in the next couple of episodes of Places of Interest as well.

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