This castle, dating from the 13th century, is situated just a stone’s throw from the city centre. From 14 June 1573 to 16 October 1574, Erik XIV was imprisoned at Västerås Castle. He sat in this ”dark prison” separated from his consort Karin Månsdotter and their children. The king was then moved to Örbyhus and poisoned with pea soup. He was later buried in Västerås cathedral. The castle now houses the residence of the County Governor.