700 years of history are on display at the at a peninsula of the island Kållandsö. The island is in the southern archipelago of lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden and third largest in Europe. In addition to the historical Läckö Castle, there is also the nature reserve with many hiking trails welcoming visitors.
A Short History of Läckö
Läckö Castle dates back to the 13th century and initially it was a fortress belonging to the bishop of Skara. The castle came under the possession of the Swedish crown in 1527 and king Gustav Vasa. It changed management a few times during the coming century and eventually ended up with the Field Marshal Jacob Pontusson De la Gardie in 1615. It was the De la Gardie family that embarked on the most extensive development and construction at Läckö Castle.
The National Property Board manages Lackö Castle since 1993.
Things to Do and See
It is the nature with the grand castle at it centre that makes this one of the most popular tourist destinations in western Sweden.
The 13th century castle is the main attraction and the centre of the area. Needless to say that a visit here is not complete without seeing the fairy-tale castle.
Naturum Vänerskärgården with its main building Victoriahuset is the gateway to the nature reserves in the archipelago of lake Vänern. It offers exhibitions about the local nature and acts as a visitor centre for activities such as hiking and guided boat trips. The area is part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
How to get to Läckö
Flights: The closest larger airport is Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) 144 kilometres away, with both domestic and international flights.
Car: Läckö is located along countryside roads outside of Lidköping.
Train: The easiest to reach train station from Läckö is located in nearby Lidköping.
Bus: Regional and local buses connect Läckö with the surrounding region.
The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:
Stockholm – 386 kilometers (4h 44min) Gothenburg – 157 kilometers (2h 6min) Malmö – 426 kilometers (4h 55min) Linköping – 246 kilometers (3h 18min) Kiruna – 1483 kilometers (17h 48min)
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