Tidö Castle

Tidö Castle (Swedish: Tidö slott) is a castle located outside Västerås in Västmanland, Sweden.[1][2]

Tidö Castle
Tidö slott, Västmanland.jpg
Tidö castle seen from south, towards the main entrance in the south wing
Coordinates59°30′20″N 16°28′42″E / 59.50556°N 16.47833°E / 59.50556; 16.47833Coordinates: 59°30′20″N 16°28′42″E / 59.50556°N 16.47833°E / 59.50556; 16.47833 See above
Site information
Ownervon Schinkel family
Open to
the public
Site history
Built byAxel Oxenstierna
MaterialsSand stone etc.


The former castleEdit

The first building on the site was a medieval house built by the Gren family in the fifteenth century. In 1537, the Gren family sold the castle to the Queen Consort, Margaret Leijonhufvud (1516–1551). In 1540, her husband, King Gustav Vasa, traded the castle to Ekolsund Castle and Tidö came to the Tott family. Today, minor ruins of the former house can be found next to the present building.[3][4]

The present castleEdit

The present castle at Tidö was built by the influential statesman and Lord High Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna in 1625–1645. The castle was built around a rectangular courtyard with the main building to the north and the three linked wings to the east, west and south. The main entrance is through a vault in the south wing.[5]

In 1889, the von Schinkel family bought Tidö and they still own it today. Tidö is one of Sweden's best preserved Baroque palaces, in the Dutch Renaissance style. In 1974, the toy collector Carl-David von Schinkel opened a toy museum at Tidö, with a large collection of historical toys, including toys formerly owned by the royal family. After a merger with the Seriemuseet collection in 2010, when the museum was moved out of the castle to the adjacent stables, the museum operated as Tidö leksaks- och seriemuseum. The entire collection moved to Stockholm in 2017 and today forms the core of the museum Bergrummet – Tidö collection of toys and comics on Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Museum in Tido Castle, Sweden". Corbis. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Tidö slott". Västerås Tourist Center. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Tidö". slottsguiden.info. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Margareta, drottning (Margareta Eriksdotter Leijonhufvud, Margareta Leijonhufvud)". Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Oxenstierna, Axel Gustafsson". Svenskt biografiskt handlexikon. Retrieved 1 December 2019.

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