Christinehof – the Golden Castle of Österlen

Meet Christina Piper – a remarkable woman
Castles usually have a lord of the manor. But not so Christinehof Castle, which had an influential lady of the manor! The Golden Baroque Castle was erected in 1741 by Countess Christina Piper, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of her time. In the vicinity of the castle is the Alum Works, which made Christina Piper one of Sweden’s richest women. Christinehof is today a cultural palace run by the cultural association Christina’s Wänner.


Christina Piper became the ancestor of many women. The exhibition Rebel Girls tells of Christina Piper’s wild descendants and grandchildren Stina Piper and Christina Sofia Bielke, and great-grandchildren Magdalena Rudenschöld and Aurora Taube – four girls who swirled around and made their mark on 18th-century court life, culture and politics.

Rebel Girls – The party girl, the spy, the mistress and the conspirator – the wild 18th-century heirs to Christina Piper.

Long Live the Copies! The local master carpenters that copied the 18th century and turned ordinary living rooms into royal salon.

The exhibition The tsar´s most precious prisoner tells the story of Carl Piper's long journey through the Great Northern War, his capture in Poltava and his bitter end in a dungeon in Russia. The Count's unique field bed is on display at the castle.


Christinehof – cultural palace in an ecopark

Christinehof is today a vibrant cultural palace with a large selection of guided story-telling tours, exhibitions, lectures and concerts.

Interactive cultural concept, shows and concerts

Christinehof – cultural palace in an ecopark

Since 2017, the cultural association Christina’s Wänner has been running the castle. Their concept is to tell Christina Piper’s story and highlight her life and enterprising spirit, and at the same time enliven her time, the dynamic 18th century, for the visitors. Christinehof is today a vibrant cultural palace with a large selection of guided story-telling tours, exhibitions, lectures and concerts. In the entrance hall of the castle is the charming café, furnished in the Swedish Gustavian style. Christinehof is located in an ecopark with beautiful hiking trails that are open all year round. Christinehof is open to visitors from mid-May through September or October.

Christina Piper’s Letter Archive

It’s a dream come true. The project started in February 2018 and is expected to continue for at least two more years; translating and interpreting letters written in 18th century quirky and difficult-to-read Swedish is meticulous and painstaking work. Our hope is that Christina Piper’s letter archive will provide students, researchers and everyone interested a rich and deep insight into the life of Christina Piper and her accomplishments as an entrepreneur, landowner and builder in the 18th century.”