Entrance to the royal apartments is by way of this staircase, tacked to the wall of the inner courtyard. It looks like an afterthought, and it was: as originally designed, Gripsholm Castle was supposed to be difficult to enter. Several hundred years later, in a more "civilized" age, these stairs were added to make life a bit easier.
The castle is now a museum, housing a massive collection of paintings of Swedish kings, dating back to the dawn of Swedish history. Scanned from a photographic print. © 1997 Lawrence I. Charters