Top stately spots for a Swedish wedding party

For those planning a grand wedding in Sweden and searching for a suitable location to host a reception, The Local has put together a list of top spots, from fairytale castles to 19th century homes, as well as some more modest options.

Top stately spots for a Swedish wedding party

The vows have been said, rings exchanged and rice tossed. As the couple stand together after having promised to love, hold and cherish, a wedding ceremony is often described as one of the most special days of one’s life.

But with the formalities out of the way, thoughts swiftly turn to making sure that one of the most memorable days in a lifetime is complemented by one of the most special nights!

Here are some of the top tips for making that special day last just a little longer.

Stockholm area:

Villa Källhagen. A calm oasis with a lush garden. It’s hard to believe this spot is no more than ten minutes away from Stockholm’s hectic city centre. This 19th century residence on the island Djurgården overlooks the water, and offers a seasonally inspired menu for wedding parties of up to 120 guests.

Skebo Herrgård. Organic, yet exclusive produce is key at this 18th century mansion in Roslagen, complete with wings and a beautiful park perfect for holding your wedding toast. Skebo Herrgård, an hour outside of Stockholm, can hold up to 75 guests and is open year-round, making it a great spot whether you’re longing for a snow-glittering winter wedding, or a summer wedding in full bloom.

Gothenburg area:

Gunnebo Slott. A palace beautifully situated between two lakes, with three lovely gardens, Gunnebo Slott, just south of the city, offers a feast inspired by its 18th century origins, for up to 65 guests. Dishes vary with the season, and whenever possible ingredients from the castle’s own kitchen garden are used.

Villa Odinslund. This turn-of-the-century villa in Gothenburg’s leafy residential area Örgryte offers the perfect combination of a central location with an idyllic setting and large garden. Villa Odinslund promises to have some of the west coast’s best-known chefs preparing your sumptuous feast for up to 110 guests.

Malmö area:

Örenäs Slott. This Baroque palace from the turn-of-the-century has beautiful surroundings and magnificent views overlooking the waters of Öresund and the island Ven.

Kronovalls Vinslott. In the middle of Österlen’s beautiful landscapes, Kronovalls Vinslott has two churches right next door. Enjoy a wedding party based on seasonal produce in the palace’s Empire Hall, decorated with painted ceilings and gold leaf, or raise a glass of champagne to the happy couple in the palace gardens.


Häringe Palace. This luxury option has been hosting weddings since the 18th century, and isn’t scared to call itself “one of the most elegant wedding venues around Stockholm, and in the whole of Sweden”. Arrive at the palace in style by boat through Stockholm’s beautiful archipelago, or take a 30 minute drive from the city centre.

Budget options:

If the idea of splurging on a palace doesn’t appeal, there are options that won’t burn quite such a deep hole into your pocket. Set up a party tent in your back garden, rent one of the 1,400 or so local heritage centres (hembygdsgård) around the country, or why not go alternative and plan a picnic wedding?

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Merkel’s CDU party postpone conference to elect leader over pandemic

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party said Monday it would push back a congress planned for early December to elect a new leader due to a surge in coronavirus infections.

Merkel's CDU party postpone conference to elect leader over pandemic
Norbert Röttgen, Armin Laschet and Friedrich Merz are contenders to take over as CDU leader. Photo: DPA

The conservative party's top brass will reexamine the situation in mid-December to determine its next steps, general secretary Paul Ziemiak said.

“Going by the current situation, a congress with attendees on December 4th would not be allowed,” said Ziemiak.

The CDU was still hoping to hold an in-person congress at a later date rather than a video conference, but acknowledged that the online format might be the only option if the pandemic cannot be brought under control.

Merkel protegee Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer took over as the leader of the Christian Democratic Union in 2018, after the veteran chancellor said she would not seek a new mandate at general elections next year.

But the race for the party's top job was thrown wide open when Kramp-Karrenbauer resigned just a few months into the post over her handling of a regional election scandal.

The chief of the CDU traditionally leads it and its smaller Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union to the polls.

The chosen candidate would have a claim on the post of chancellor and be in pole position to replace Merkel should the conservative bloc win next year's election.

Who are the contenders?

Three men are currently vying for the job — Armin Laschet, state premier of Germany's most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia, corporate lawyer Friedrich Merz and foreign affairs expert Norbert Röttgen.

But their battle has been overshadowed by the pandemic.

All three are anxious to regain the media spotlight, particularly as a fourth potential replacement for Merkel has emerged – not from the CDU, but from sister party CSU.

Bavarian state premier and CSU leader Markus Söder has repeatedly stressed that his place is in Bavaria. But his tough attitude on halting virus transmission has won him plaudits.

In contrast, former favourite Laschet, 59, has lost momentum as he took a different approach to Söder's hardline clampdown in Bavaria to halt the march of the virus.

Merz, a 64-year-old millionaire and old Merkel rival, is popular with the CDU's most conservative faction.

But he has found little support for his ultra-liberal positions at a time when unprecedented state intervention is desperately required to prop up the economy.

Centrist Röttgen, 55, a former environment minister dismissed by Merkel in 2012 who is now the head of the German parliament's foreign affairs committee, has also struggled to get attention.

The latest opinion poll on who Germans would like to see as their next leader has Söder topping the charts far ahead at 52 percent – more than 20 points distant from any of the three CDU contenders.