Ask almost any Stockholmian for advice on where to go on a daytrip from the capital and they will suggest you pay a visit to Taxinge. Set in a stunning landscape dotted with old Viking graves, natural springs and leafy woodlands, this charming old parish is mostly known these days for its castle and its magnificent cake buffet. The last occupiers of the castle moved out in 1969 and, by the time CEO Anne-Marie Fimmerstad took over the maintenance in the late 1970s, the building was neglected and in dire straits.

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