In this episode of Places of interest, we stay in Bromma where the last two attractions that I presented you are located. Perhaps a little unusually in our series, the places I show you in this post are spread out across the Bromma borough and it, therefore, might be more difficult to visit them all at once. However, I believe they are all worth your efforts so even if you do not feel like having a pretty long walk around all of them you can always come to Bromma several times.
Since Bromma was historically quite far from Stockholm, you will not find any monumental palaces of the aristocracy or important state offices there. The nobles did, however, reside in this area, too which is why I can bring several castles to your attention in this post. Some of them are colossal while others are more humble but all of them certainly have interesting stories to tell.
We begin at Ulvsunda Castle (Ulvsunda slott) which is the closest of the places in this post to the city centre of Stockholm. It is a castle built in 1647 by one of the outstanding Swedish generals from the Thirty Years’ War, Lennart Torstensson. The castle was renovated in the 1970s and has since been used as an educational and conference centre and a hotel.
Åkeshov Castle (Åkeshovs slott) is a 17th-century castle located near Judarskogen Nature Preserve. The property was owned by several noble families over the centuries but it is named after Åke Axelsson Natt och Dag who had the original castle built in 1640. Similarly to the previous place on my list, it served multiple social purposes during the 20th century until it was bought by a private company and turned into a conference centre and a hotel in the 1980s.
Judarskogen Nature Preserve is the first and largest nature preserve in Stockholm founded in 1995. It is located right next to Åkeshov Castle around the Lake Judarn. Judarskogen is a well-preserved and tranquil natural area right in the city with a diverse fauna. You will be especially impressed if you are interested in amphibians that live in the wetlands in the northern part of the preserve or if you like bird watching as you can spot quite a few bird species between the trees in the southern part of Judarskogen.
Ljunglöfska Castle (Ljunglöfska slottet) is named after its owner Knut Ljunglöf, the “King of snus” (snuskungen), who bought the property in 1861. Afterwards, he had the castle built in the 1890s. The castle was luxuriously furnished at the time of completion and later extended when the orangery was built. It was later sold to Freemasons and today it is, once again, mainly a conference centre.
Bromma Church (Bromma kyrka) is an unusual round church and one of the oldest buildings that still stand in the Swedish capital. It was originally built in the late 12th century as a fortress church. You can also quickly notice that it is not made of red bricks as most of the churches in Sweden thanks to its white façade made of stone. The church and its furnishing have been altered many times since it was built but it is still considered one of the prettiest churches in Stockholm County.
These are some of the most interesting places in Bromma, Stockholm. If you are not familiar with Stockholm, note that the borough is easily accessible from the city centre by public transport including the subway. Moreover, the Bromma Airport is located right in the borough so if you are lucky and have a flight there, you can literally be in your room at one of the castle hotels in a few minutes.
Bromma is also known as the “garden city” because the city residents used to have their cottages and summer houses in this area. These picturesque neighbourhoods hidden between many small forests and natural areas are definitely worth seeing, too. I can only recommend them for a nice walk in nature on a free day.
Next time at Trevl, I am going to tell you the story of one of the major churches from the turn of the twentieth century in Stockholm which is located in the beautiful Östermalm. We have a plenty of interesting content ready for you in our Android app as well and would love to see you on our Instagram account where we share new images every day so do check it out.