Gripping history

Our houseguest Tim inspired us to travel a bit further afield, taking the 50-minute train from Stockholm west to Gripsholm (Griffin Isle). The SJ travel experience was, as always, pleasantly productive. (Thanks Tim for the footage, and several photos below).

Tiny Gripsholm in Mariefred bay has been the site of a major fortification since at least the 13th century. The present-day castle interior is beautiful preserved, and houses Sweden’s largest portrait collection, among other artifacts.

The pastoral early-fall gardens were especially impressive.

On our return to Stockholm we caught the SS Mariefred through Lake Mälar’s network of summer homes and smaller, uninhabited islands. Built in 1903, the 100-foot steamboat is one of the oldest still operating in Europe; it took four times longer than the train, but was worth the wait.

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