For some reason, the 11th century Vikings were not anticipating future luxury hotel needs when they claimed Häringe Peninsula for themselves. Luckily, however, Swedish Count Gustav Hornhad had the foresight 600 years later to build just the thing: a stone castle on the outskirts of Stockholm.
A half hour’s drive away in Västerhaninge, Häringe Slott has survived many colorful incarnations since the count’s day, serving time as an orphanage, a rowdy saloon, a grand palace, and the site of Sweden’s first outdoor pool with a slide from a second floor bathroom (we wonder: is there a second one?). Let’s check in for the weekend:
Above: After Wenner-Gren’s death in 1961, the lavish furnishings disappeared—briefly. After new owner, crab importer Olle Hartwig, pored over Wenner-Gren’s photo albums looking for clues, he was able to re-purchase most of the items.
To see the surroundings, go to An Enchanted Swedish Castle’s Gardens.
(N.B.: This is an update of a post that ran on July 5, 2012.)