A must see in the area of Västerås is Tidö Slott. The slott is not only a castle, it also houses a toy museum. Tidö Slott is on the road from Rytterne to Västerås. When you drive on this road you will see signs to a sideroad that leads to Tidö Castle. Don't take the exit to Tidö-Lindö though! As this road brings you to the village on the other side of the water and not to Tidö Slott itself. The total distance from Västerås to Tidö Slott is around 14 kilometres.
Opening hours :
May: only during the weekends 12.00 - 17.00
1 June - 15 August: Every day (except Mondays) 12.00 - 17.00
15 August - 15 September: Only during the weekends 12.00 - 17.00
Guided tour through the castle at 2 p.m.
Unfortunately enough I got up too early this day, hahaha, so I was here before the castle opened. I didn't feel like waiting for a long time, so all I did was walk around the castle itself. That was great to do though, although I would love to take a look inside! But I don't live that far away, so next year I will make a visit for certain!
The castle has been build by Count Axel Oxenstierna and it took 20 years to complete. They started building the castle around 1625. The mansion was owned by the Oxenstierna-family until 1840, when it was sold. In the next 50 years it was resold several times until it was bought in 1890 by David von Schinkel. Sadly enough the building had gotten into decay by this time. But the family von Schinkel have fully restored the building and its furniture, and that makes the castle a great place to visit nowadays! But besides the restorations, they also opened in 1974 Sweden's first toy museum, with thousands of toys from all over the world. A must see I have heard, so I am eagerly waiting to get back to Tidö again!
Like many castles in Sweden, there is a fenced of area where the deers are wandering around on the castle property. The area is fenced off, but I think you can get through the gates to hike here. There are some limitations though, like not disturbing the deer and not accisible during some times of the year when the deer have young (or something like that). As I was on a trip to Västerås I didn't make a hike here, but I did take the time to walk to the back of the castle to look into the gardens. And yes, I was lucky enough to spot this group of deer not that far from the castle.
Some interesting websites if you are planning to visit the castle are :
http://www.tidoslott.se/ (in Swedish only)
http://www.werbeka.com/vasteras/leksmuse.htm (about the toymuseum)
If you like castles, this page might be something for you: my Sweden Castle page, with information and photos of all the castles I've visited so far in Sweden.
Across the road from Tidö Castle you can find a cafe (Tidö Värdshus) that serves coffee but also lunch. The interior looked very nice, but it was such a lovely day, that I had it was great to sit outside on the terrace.
The opening times of the cafe are almost the same as that of the castle, so that meant that the cafe was actually closed when I got here. But the owner was outside, cleaning the patio, and he didn't mind us dropping by at all. So in no time we had a cup of coffee and tea in front of us, enjoying the great weather and the beautiful view on the castle. I didn't taste the food, so I can't comment on that, but the hospitality of this little cafe is fantastic!
If you plan to visit Tidö Slott you might have some time left to have a look around in the area as well. If you like cities, Västerås would be the place to go. But there are some wonderful off the beaten path places here too. Next to the city of Västerås for example are some remains of the Vikings called Anundshög. This is one of Swedens most remarkable ancient monuments, but strangely enough, not very well known. I've made separate pages about these places where you can read more about them:
But you don't have to go that far to have a great day out. The area directly surrounding Tidö Slott is lovely. I'll show you some more about that in the rest of this page.