Svaneholm Castle in South Sweden
Svaneholm Slott – a view into history
Learn about the daily life of the noblemen and their families
Built in the 1530’s as a fortified castle, Svaneholm still reminds visitors of a time where noblemen were to defend themselves. Today the museum and restaurant attract visitors who can dream themselves back to manor life of the past 500 years. The concept of the exhibition is showing the daily life of the nobility and the pheasantry during the 1800. Visitors can add a walk through an English park and along a nice path around the lake with woods, swampland and open fields. A very good restaurant offers fresh food and snacks. A new seminar room is set up to offer workshops.
The exhibition will be extended with stories from people working on the estate and the social life among the nobel families in the region. Guides in authentic outfits show the fashion at the time. A new section will display the The Scania War with Denmark in the late 1600.
Rutger Macklean was the most famous owner of the former estate, who inherited it in the late 18th century with 7,000 acres and four villages. The museum will tell his story and his remarkable inventions and reforms.
Fruitful changes and reforms on the estate
Rutger Macklean and his inventions
Rutger Macklean is one of the most famous owners of the former estate in Svaneholm, who inherited the castle in the late 18th century with 7,000 acres and four villages from his mothers family. At that time, peasants of the villages suffered from severe poverty due to little land because of the succession. Rutger Macklean was an educated man with great knowledge in agriculture, so he set up reforms and helped to re-invent the laws to have a more efficient way of farming. Each farmer was allowed to farm n a parcel of 40-50 acres, new three-length farms were built in a building method, which was obtained from Pomerania. He also introduced a new plant sequence and new farming methods. Rutger Macklean built schools for the children and also had them vaccinated against smallpox. By his death in 1816, agriculture flourished and prosperity among the population had increased. Learn more, when visiting the exhibition.
What to visit
Every year, Svaneholm Castle organizes a traditional midsummer celebration in the castle park. The tradition is originally from medieval Germany.
Midsummer is one of Sweden’s largest folk festivals and is celebrated in honor of the summer solstice.
One lounge in the castle is furnished in 18th-19th century style, Gustavian and empirical. In the 1800s and early 1900s, musical and literary soirees were featured here. Countess Hallenborg invited famous European musicians and singers to perform at the castle. The museum displays the original harp and piano.