Kronköket at Gripsholm

King Gustav III was very fond of Gripsholm Castle, and often came here with his entire court – almost one hundred people. He set up a kitchen – Kronköket – where food was prepared during the court's sojourns here from 1773 until 1785.

Kronköket is housed in buildings from two different eras. The outer Kronköket is housed in a mediaeval stone building, possibly the stronghold built by Bo Jonsson Grip at the end of the 14th century.

The red-plastered wing that visitors see at the moat, where the inner Kronköket and the Bakery are located, was built during the time of King Gustav Vasa, probably in the 1550s.

Food was prepared in the inner and outer Kronköket. The stoves are simple arrangements with cavities for cooking vessels that were heated from beneath, and with large hoods.

The Bakery was colder, as cooler temperatures were needed for preparing baked goods. Here, there is another stove and a baking oven.

The leaves of the long tables are about a century older than Kronköket. They were originally work benches from the old kitchen, which was built on poles at the water's edge at Sjöporten.

The building was given its name – the Hauptmann Wing – in the late 17th century when the Queen Dowager Hedvig Eleonora had a home furnished for the castle's hauptmann, the second highest position in the queen's household, Livgedinget. Traces of the décor from the time of Hedvig Eleonora can still be seen in the inner Kronköket.

Today, Kronköket is open when the Red Cross serves refreshments on Epiphany weekend. Kronköket can also be booked for group visits.

Photo: Hans Thorwid

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Kronköket can be hired for meals in connection with tours of Gripsholm Castle for pre-booked groups. Find out more on the Group Visits page.

Find out more on the Group Visits page.

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FAQ

  • Can I take a pushchair into the royal palaces?

    Pushchairs are not permitted indoors.

  • Are there any pushchair parkings at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: At the entrance to the Reception Rooms, in the Outer Courtyard there is a limited amount of space for pushchairs. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Riddarholm Church: At the entrance to Riddarholm Church. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Drottningholm Palace: Outside the entrance. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Other visitor attractions: No pushchair parking.

  • Which royal visitor attractions can I explore at my own pace?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm, Riddarholm Church, Drottningholm Palace, the Chinese Pavilion, Gripsholm Castle, Strömsholm Palace and the Orangery at Ulriksdal can be explored at your own pace.

    The other palaces are by guided tour.

  • Is it possible to hire rooms at the royal palaces for dinner functions/events?

    Strömsholm Palace: The dining room in the Stone Kitchen can be hired for dinner functions.

    The other palaces: Room hire is not possible.

  • Are audio guides available for the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: An audio guide in Swedish and English is available for the Bernadotte Apartments and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities.

    The Chinese Pavilion: An audio guide is available in Swedish and English

    Audio guides are not available at present for the other palaces.

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