History of Vaxholm Castle

Vaxholm Castle dates back to the early 1500…

… and up to the First World War a part of the Swedish defense. Its importance for Sweden’s defense has varied . Since Gustav Vasa made ​​Stockholm Sweden’s main town of Vaxholm had a great strategic importance.

The fortress has held back two attacks to Stockholm , the first time was in 1612 when Denmark went on the attack and the second time in 1719 when Russia was ravaged in the Stockholm archipelago.

During the Swedish Greatness lost the fortress of its military significance when Sweden’s borders were moved eastward.

With Great Power was out in the early 1700s and especially in Finland in the early 1800s became Russian again increased Vaxholm strategic importance. A major reconstruction was resolved , resulting Kastellets current appearance.