V is for Vadstena

This week in ABC Wednesday is the letter V and I’ll show you some photos from Vadstena.


You can travel to Vadstena by steamboat on the lake Vättern. Welcome to Vadstena.

History: The city of Vadstena is noted for two important artefacts of Swedish history: it was in Vadstena, in 1350, that Saint Bridget of Sweden founded the first monastery of  her Bridgettine Order and Vadstena Castle is one of Sweden’s best-preserved castles from the era of Gustav Vasa in the 16th century. 

Vadstena Castle

Vadstena Castle was built between 1545-1620. Originally built as a fortress by king Gustav Vasa, the four cannon towers had 58 cannons in 1560. King Johan III, son of Gustav Vasa, turned the fortress into av Renaissance palace. Members of the royal family lived here through the centuries.
Today you can visit a cannon tower, passages, the royal chapel and the great halls. The third floor is furnished the way it might have looked in the 17th Century. Portraits of King Gustav Vasa and his family.

Vadstena Castle

Today the  Provincial archives are kept here for Östergötland and Småland.
But also art exhibitions, music and many other activities around the year.

Vadstena abbey church


Medieval abbey church, concecreated in 1430, situated in the centre of Vadstena.
Here you find the shrine of St. Birgitta. The sunlight and the glass made it difficult to photograph.

A typical view in the town, small houses, roses, narrow streets.

Once again, welcome to Vadstena – read more about the town and the region


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  1. Det må kalles en verdig V! Et av Sveriges viktigste historiske steder – nydelige bilder og et sted jeg burde ha besøkt. Gratulerer med posten!

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