We arrived in Mariefred by steam train and we left by steamship. Another historic little town on the shore of Lake Malären, home of Gripsholm Castle, one of the Royal Palaces. The castle was built in 1537 by Gustav Vasa (and what a cool name!). There is texture all over this castle, they did not leave an inch unpainted or uncovered with some type of material, from wallpaper to silk to wood inlay, a feast for the eyes, but sometimes a little overwhelming. They were not afraid to mix patterns, that's for sure. We left for Stockholm on the coal-fired steamship Mariefred, a 3.5 hour trip through the archipelago with dinner in the cozy little dining room. The steamship was built in 1903 for the Stockholm-Mariefred route and has been sailing this route every year since then!