Svindersvik, is one of the best preserved rococo estates in Sweden and a unique precursor to the merchants' villas and the summer retreats of today.
The great rococo architect Carl Hårleman designed the main building as a country residence for the wealthy Grill family in the 1740s. Silk manufacturer K. A. Almgren bought Svindersvik towards the late nineteenth century and spent his summers at the country residence.
A small building, a kitchen wing, a pavilion with a big assembly hall and a few small, red cottages for servants, horses and carriages - that is Svindersvik. The symmetric design of the inside of the house followed the French style that was fashionable at the time. The rooms have tiled stoves from the eighteenth century and silkcovered furniture. The pavilion has a magnificent assembly hall with decorated walls, what must be the tallest tiled stove in the country and a suite of guest rooms, all beautifully furnished.
The French influence is evident outside too. The Svindersvik garden with the old knotty eighteenth-century apple trees was designed in accordance with the prevailing fashion of symmetry.
Svindersvik is a magnificently preserved residence, partly because it was only ever used in the summers but also because it was left to Nordiska museet in the 1940s. Anyone who visits Svindersvik will be taken in with the idyllic atmosphere of this eighteenth-century gem.
Svindersvik is open for guided tours (language Swedish) on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-May to mid-September. For times for guided tours, phone
08-519 547 70 (reception). Schedule group visits on 08-519 545 50. Café Brygghuset, down by the water, is open during guided tours.
By bus 409, 411, 414, 419 or Saltsjöbanan from Slussen to Nacka station. By car: go east via danvikstull, the old Värmdö Road. Road signs from Nacka Station.