Swedish twist on French neoclassicism

The von Fersen family’s 18th-century gem on the Östgöta plain, Ljung Castle, was drawn by none other than the great Jean Eric Rehn.

The current castle is built in Gustavian style, a Swedish twist on French neoclassicism. Gustavian style, named after King Gustav III, has the same proportions as the French styles but with muted color palettes and different carved woods – birch, beech, and pine, all native to Sweden.

A manor was created at Ljung during the 1640s. Several famous Swedish families like Hamilton, Horn, Wrede, and Fleming have lived there. In 1730, it was acquired by the von Fersen family, and by the end of the century, Axel von Fersen the Elder commissioned Jean Eric Rehn to build him a worthy castle in Gustavian style.

Ljung Castle remained with the family for over 100 years until they, at the end of the 1860s, were forced to sell due to bankruptcy. The most well-known owner was by far Axel von Fersen the Younger, famous for his relations with Queen Marie-Antoinette but also as an established ambassador, military, and owner of Ljung, Mälsåker and Steninge castles. And of course, the Fersen Palace in Stockholm.

In 1949 the estate was acquired by the current owner’s grandfather. The castle is open for visitors during the summer.

Photo credit: @crazycastlelady