ing Gustav III. of Sweden

born on January 13 Julian and
January 24 Gregorian calendar 1746 in Stockholm, Sweden
died on March 29, 1792 in Stockholm, Sweden

He was from the ducal house of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf and King of Sweden from 1771 to 1792.

Reference to the Goldener Adler

On October 25, 1783 Gustav III. of Sweden visited us on his trip to Italy. He traveled incognito and visited Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria.

He visited Ambras Castle and the Court Church in the afternoon. In the evening at half past eight he started his departure.


xcursion tip

Gustav III. visited some of the most important sights in Innsbruck. Do as he did and explore the city, for an overview, take a ride on the

Sightseeing Bus

or do you prefer a stroll through the old town with a city guide?

More information: Stadtführung Innsbruck

Life and facts

Gustav III. was born on January 24, 1746, the eldest son of Adolf Friedrich, later King of Sweden, and his wife Luise Ulrike of Prussia, a sister of Friedrich II.

He is said to have been intelligent, eloquent, kind, ambitious and full of drive as a youth, but also lacking in seriousness, perseverance and moderation. He was very fond of the fine arts.

The founding of the Royal Opera, which he pursued, the establishment of his own Swedish theatrical troupe in 1773, was and remained a significant step for Sweden in terms of cultural history.

For political reasons, he had to marry Sophia of Denmark in 1766.

He carried out a series of reforms in finance and law, guaranteed freedom of the press and religion, and expanded the navy, which became one of the largest in Europe. Through his efforts, Swedish trade rose to new heights.

Gustav was purposefully shot at a masquerade ball and died from the gunshot wound almost two weeks later on March 29, 1792.

Before that, he established a regency for his underage son Gustav IV Adolf.


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