Rinkesta, or Rinkestad, is a caslte in Eskilstuna Municipality in Södermanland County. This is one of many castles and manors in eastern Sweden and its history stretches back many centuries. It is unclear if anyone lives in the castle, as of 2023 there is no one registered at the address. The castle is also not used for commercial activities, making it unavailable to the public.
A Short History of Rinkesta
Rinkesta Castle lies within the borders of the former Ärla Parish. The first known written mention of the castle dates back to 1379. The castle itself is believed to have been built in the 17th century under the ownership of Barbro Axelsdotter Bielke. She was the widow of Gustaf Oxenstierna, the previous owner of the land. The castle has had several owners since, including family names such as Natt och Dag, Sparre, Wachtmeister, and Klinckowström. The castle was also used as a nursing home between 1935 and 1989.
Things to Do and See
The castle might be the most impressive sight here. There is, however, more to explore. These small countryside roads are perfect for hiking and cycling, providing an inspiration to explore more of this part of Södermanland.
The castle itself is the main attraction here. It might not be possible to visit the castle itself unless you know the owner. However, you can enjoy the impressive building from a distance. It is also surrounded by other supporting buildings.
How to Get to Rinkesta
- Flights: Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) is 72 kilometers to the south.
- Car: Rinkesta is along countryside roads south of Eskilstuna.
The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:
- Stockholm – 114 kilometers (1 h 34 min)
- Gothenburg – 417 kilometers (4 h 32 min)
- Malmö – 561 kilometers (5 h 54 min)
- Linköping – 149 kilometers (1 h 54 min)
- Kiruna – 1279 kilometers (15 h 50 min)