Location: Gränna, Småland Map

Constructed: 1640s by Count Per Brahe


Description of Brahehus

Brahehus is a former castle building, now a ruin, at Europaväg 4, three kilometers north of Gränna. The ruin is located in Gränna parish in Jönköping municipality.



Per Brahe the Younger had the construction of Brahehus started in 1637, but the work was not completed until the middle of the 1650s. The construction work was made more difficult by the fact that the building material, which to some extent consisted of local Vättern sandstone, had to be transported up the steep rock. Brahehus was originally intended as a widow's seat for Brahe's wife Kristina Katarina Stenbock, but since she died in 1650, the building was used instead of accommodation for Brahe's guests.

When the building was completed, it consisted of a tall main building at the cliff edge down to Lake Vättern and two square corner towers, with a mile-wide view of Lake Vättern, Visingsö and Gränna.

After Per Brahe's death in 1680, Brahehus was emptied of furnishings and shortly afterwards the county was drawn into the crown during Charles XI's reduction. In the autumn of 1708, a fire broke out in the neighboring village of Uppgränna and the fire also spread to Brahehus, which burned to the ground.



Brahehus is located at an altitude of 270 meters above sea level, 180 meters above Lake Vättern, which is one of Sweden's largest height differences towards a larger lake or a sea with a view of the same. Sweden's highest motorway, the so-called Vätterleden (E4) runs just east of Brahehus.

Today, Brahehus is located by the motorway and there is also a rest area, restaurant and petrol station with a view of Lake Vättern and Visingsö.

The ruin was restored in 2011–2012.