Scan Magazine | Issue 74 | March 2015

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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Culture in Sweden

castle parks the country has to offer. Here, visitors are more than welcome to spend a day walking around in lush, blossoming perfection. The garden park dates back to the 1600s, when the land was made into a fantastic baroque garden. In the mid1800s it was rebuilt into an ornamental park, which is what visitors enjoy today. The park has gone through several renovations and remodelling stages since, but the baroque pride and beauty still dominates the park’s features. Visitors thoroughly enjoy the rigor and symmetry so specific for the époque in question, and the hedges, and prudently formed and cut lawns make a properly Regal impression. In addition to this baroque delight, there is a spring garden and an additional landscape park, both alluring to spectators and a gratifying way to spend a day. Through guided tours you have the opportunity to get an interesting and entertaining history lesson on the castle and its surroundings, but walking around on your own is also a great experience. The Labyrinth is open every day to visitors, and is an exact replica of the famous Hampton Court maze. The Julita Manor Another venue worth the trip is the Julita Manor – a county estate in Södermanland belonging to Nordiska Museet, situated on the shores of Lake Öljaren between Katrineholm and Eskilstuna. It is a prime example of how a large estate would have looked and functioned in the early 20th century. Besides a fantastically rich history, involving Kings, Queens, convents and foreign noble men, the estate is also the biggest agricultural museum in Sweden.

ABOVE: The Orangery at Ericsberg Castle. Photo: Ericsbergs Slott

Julita Manor and Ericsberg´s Castle are just two of the many venues representing the rich legacy of Scandinavia’s past. The venues all have a lot to tell when it comes to Scandinavian history and heritage. Not seldom situated in stunning, easily accessed locations, and in close proximity to Katrineholm: a small town with a lot to offer.

BELOW: Besides a fantastically rich history, involving Kings, Queens, convents and foreign noble men, the Julita Manor is also the biggest agricultural museum in Sweden. The land of the estate boasts blossoming nature.

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Julita Manor consists of over 360 buildings, making it the world’s largest openair museum, offering numerous exhibitions and opportunities to gain unique insights in an estate history spanning from the 1100s to the present time. The estate’s land has always been cultivated, resulting in a blossoming nature and, thankfully for those interested in Scandinavian history, well-kept equipment and fragments of lives that walked this earth long before us.

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