Welcome to Kastelholm and Åland’s only medieval castle, founded in the 1380’s. Kastelholm Castle had its historical heyday under the rule of Gustav Vasa and his sons, when Åland and Finland were a part of the Swedish empire. The castle was developed and built out in different phases until the 1630’s, when Åland was incorporated into Turku Castle County. After several fires, the castle deteriorated and was abandoned. Today it has been restored to a “living ruin”, open to visitors during the summer.
Jan Karlsgården Open-air Museum is located near the castle. Jan Karlsgården is a typical Ålandic farm from the 1850’s, with residential houses, many sheds and farm houses. Vita Björn, the old royal prison, converted into a prison museum, is also nearby.
and Tourist info
Kastelholm Castle, open-air Jan Karlsgården and the prison museum Vita Björn
June, August – daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
July – castle 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Jan Karlsgården and Vita Björn 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
September – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jan Karlsgården and Vita Björn closes for the seson on September 20th and the castle is open until September 27th.
Visits during low season can be booked at
tel +358 457 3500 558. An extra fee for out-of-season opening of 50 euros will be charged.
ADMISSION TO THE CASTLE and VITA BJÖRN
Children 7-17 år €5
Pensioners and students €5
Familyticket Castle + Vita Björn €20 (2 adults + 2 children)
Combinationticket: Kastelholm Castle, Vita Björn, Åland Museum of Culturalhistory and Museum of Art, Mariehamn. Adult €10, pensioners, children €8.
PLEASE NOTE! Only for use with Android devices. During the castle’s business hours, guests who don’t have a Smartphone can borrow a tablet. Ask the cashier at the entrance.