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25-30 September 2017
Uppsala University Main Building
Europe/Stockholm timezone

Tour / Excursion

Boat trip to Skokloster Castle

Wednesday 27 September

We cruise along the river to Skokloster Castle, which is considered one of the great castles of Baroque Europe. At Skokloster, Carl Gustaf Wrangel – potentate and fashion aficionado – created a stately home of European style. Following the tradition of continental princes, he endeavored to understand the world by collecting art and antiques as well as specimens from nature. 

The castle armory and library are particularly noteworthy. Both were founded to host Wrangel's collections of weapons and books, and were enriched and enlarged by other seventeenth- and eighteenth-century aristocratic bequests. The armory contains the largest collection of personal 17th century military weapons in the world. The collection consists mostly muskets and pistols, but also swords - including Japanese samurai swords - small cannons, pikes and crossbows. The weapon collection also includes various exotic items, such as a 16-century Eskimo canoe, snake skins, and others. 

 


Timetable

13:00  Boat departure from Islandsbron (Light lunch on the boat)

14.45  Arrival to Skokloster

15:00  Guided Tour

16:30  Boat departure from Skokloster (Coffee on the boat)

18:30  Arrival in Uppsala