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.
Christinehof – cultural palace in an ecopark
Interactive concept, shows and concerts
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. Christinehof is planning for two new main exhibitions 2020: The Rebel girls. Lovers, spy, actor and conspirator – the female descendants of Christina Piper and Long Live the Copies! The local master carpenters that copied the 18th century and turned ordinary living rooms into royal salons.
This year the cultural association Christinas Wänner and Christinehof castle are celebrating 300 years since Christina Piper moved from Stockholm to the southern Swedish province of Skåne. We begin the celebration of the formidable Christina presenting:
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.”