Drottningholm in Stockholm, Sweden


The royal palace was built in the XVII century, Drottnningholm Palace is included in the list of world heritage of UNESCO.

Drottninngholm Palace

Drottnningholm Palace in Stockholm is the permanent residence of the Swedish royal family, near the picturesque Lake Mälaren. The royal family themselves do not live here, preferring the bedroom community of Stockholm, located near the pine forest, so this beautiful palace and park complex is open to tourists from all over the world.

The palace is beautifully preserved, its appearance and decoration of interior rooms almost did not require restoration works. It was built in the 17th century. And, according to the architectural tradition of the time, its creators wanted it to resemble Versailles, which was the standard for the construction of royal palaces. Each country had to have its own “Versailles” to keep up. Sweden’s palace is Drottningholm.

On its territory is located the Royal Theater, Chinese garden and a beautiful park with numerous parks, shady alleys and fountains. In 1991 the palace was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

History. The present Drottningholm Palace in Sweden was built at the end of XVII century. Before here was the castle of Katherine Jagiellonk, wife of the King Johan III. But after a fire, it was significantly damaged. The king had the reconstruction started, and built a new palace on this site. His main idea was that it should not be large and luxurious, but on the contrary – compact, elegant and not devoid of a certain charm. Thus began the glorious history of Drottningholm Castle.

The construction was headed by the famous Swedish architects Tessin, father and son, the founders of Scandinavian Baroque, laconic, restrained and elegant. In Sweden, the palace was the first building to emulate Versailles: without the towers, thick walls and fortifications that are characteristic of local architecture. Later similar buildings moved to St. Petersburg, the Tessin dynasty took part in designing the appearance of the new city. In 1744 the palace was given to Louise of Prussia, wife of Swedish King Adolf Frederick. Her stay was a cultural boom for the palace: she renovated the palace rooms and created a royal theater. Around her, she gathered famous figures of science and art of the time. For example, Carl Linnaeus worked on the royal Kunstkammer.

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In 1777, the palace was bought by the Swedish treasury, and Gustav III, son of Louise of Prussia, continued to live there. At about the same time a large park, French and Chinese gardens were laid out in the English manner.

Nowadays there is a museum in the palace building for the free visit of tourists.

Features. The main pride of Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm is that all interiors, park landscapes and interior finishes have been restored with maximum historical accuracy. The most “tourist” places of the complex – the boudoir of Queen Eleanor, the Parade Hall and the library, richly decorated with gilded stucco, silk wallpaper and medieval tapestries. You’d be surprised, but one of those featured was created by King George V! In the Royal Theatre, by some miracle, old sets and the mechanisms that powered them have been preserved. The Chinese pavilion tells us that Swedish monarchs were fascinated by Asian culture, and even tried to recreate a semblance of it in their palace. By the way, at that time the whole of Europe went crazy with any interior things in the Chinese style. When the palace was handed over to the state, all of the pavilion’s possessions, down to the smallest detail, were subjected to inventory, so this hall is the most authentic example of European-Chinese art. The pavilion is available to visitors from May to September.

The small Chinese Village is the most interesting and authentic monument to Europeans’ fascination with Chinese culture (sometimes called chinoiserie).

The palace park is a strict sequence of symmetrical alleys and observance of proportions. In its central part is a statue of Hercules, most of the other sculptures came here as spoils of war. Not far from the garden and the Melaren Lake there is a Royal meadow (Kungsengen), every new monarch of Sweden, since 1881, at the beginning of his reign plants here an oak tree.

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Useful information. How to get to Drottningholm Palace? In the summer, you can get to the palace by steamboat, which leaves every hour from Stockholm City Hall. This road is the most pleasant and scenic. Or by subway: get off at Brommaplan station and take bus 301 or 117.

The palace is open to the public from May to August from 10:00 to 16:30 and from September to April from 12:00 to 16:30.

The theater can only be visited on weekends (they still give different performances there), and the park is open 24 hours a day at any time of the year.

Admission costs SEK 120 for adults, SEK 60 for students, and free for children. You can buy a ticket on site or on the official Swedish Monarchs website online.

Address: 178 02 Drottningholm, Sweden Phone: +46 8 402 62 80

Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm

Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm

May-September: daily 10:00am to 4:00pm. October, April: daily 10:00 to 16:00. November-March: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00, December 31 to January 6: daily from 10:00 to 16:00. Closed: December 14 to 30.

Children under 7 years old are free. From 7 to 17 years old – 65-70 SEK, students – 65-70 SEK, adults (from 18 years) – 130-140 SEK. Free for Stockholm Pass holders.

Drottningholm – one of the royal palaces of Sweden, located on the outskirts of Stockholm and preserved to this day in virtually unchanged form. Built in 1682, he has preserved the look of his era. Today Drottningholm is one of the most visited attractions in Stockholm and its surroundings, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The complex is located on an island in the middle of a beautiful lake. The building is surrounded by a vast park with century-old trees, fountains and sculptures. Drottningholm Palace is also famous for its luxurious interiors of the 17th-19th centuries and its own theater, which is one of the oldest working theaters in Europe.

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Since 1981 Drottningholm is the royal residence.

Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm

History of Drottningholm Palace

The idea of building the palace belonged to King Johan III of Sweden, who conceived it for his wife Katharina Jagiellonka. The first specimen of the building, built in 1661, burned in a fire and was irretrievably lost. The next ruler, Hedviga Eleonora, commissioned the construction of a new palace building to Nicodemus Tessin senior – a famous architect of the era. His work resulted not only in the building we see today, but also created in it the first early Baroque interiors in Sweden, they have also survived to this day.

Around the palace was laid out a large-scale park, most of which has also survived to this day in its original form.

Twenty years later, after the death of the architect in 1682, the final phase of construction of Drottningholm Palace was headed by his son Nikodemus Tessin Jr.

A unique feature of the palace is the presence of several facades: from both land (from the park side) and water, it looks grand and has entrances and entrances. For tourists there is currently available the entrance through the park, and from the lake you can admire the no less beautiful facade of the building, standing on the bridge or sailing on the boat.

Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm

In 1744 the palace was presented to the Princess of Prussia as a wedding gift to the heir to the Swedish throne. At that time the court theater was opened and many halls were equipped and decorated.

In 1777 Drottningholm was sold to the city. At that time, it was the seat of Gustav III, who contributed a lot to the interior design of the building and left behind a large collection of Baroque statues. Today, there is a separate gallery for them.

The 19th century was not the best time in the history of the building: for almost 100 years, it was in decay. In 1907, it was decided to carry out restoration works, the palace gradually began to revive, and as a consequence, the royal family started to stay there.

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Since 1981, Drottningholm Palace is the residence of the royal family, which settled in the southern chambers of the building. The rest of the building is open to tourists.

Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm

The halls of Drottningholm Palace

The main pride of Drottningholm is in the preserved interiors and halls, which are available to visit. You can take an organized tour or use an audio guide. Both will tell you a lot of useful information about each room of the palace.

Visitors are greeted by a grand staircase decorated with marble sculptures. It leads to the chambers of Queen Eleanor, who was responsible for laying and constructing the new palace. In the same part of the building is the Parade Hall, which was for a long time used for royal receptions and balls. All the rooms are made in the style of early Baroque and richly decorated with stucco and gilding, which in combination with carved furniture and paintings by famous artists of those years looks especially elegant and solemn. And the Royal Library, in addition to rich decorations, has preserved many rare and unique books of the XVI-XIX centuries.

Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm

Equally interesting is the gallery of Gustav III, where the monarch collected a rich collection of statues from Italy and other countries in the Baroque style.

Visitors are also attracted by the palace chapel . There is an antique organ and a tapestry made personally by King Gustav V. The chapel is still functional, and on Sundays masses are held there. It has a capacity of 160 seats.

Outside the palace building, there are also many interesting things to see. For example, the Chinese pavilion, which is a valuable example of buildings in the Chinese style. In the mid-18th century, the European aristocracy was very fond of the Chinese style in interiors, paintings and everyday life. The pavilion was a gift from King Adolf Frederick, then reigning, to his wife, Queen Lovisa Ulrika, who was very fond of this fashionable style. Today the Chinese Pavilion is recognized as a valuable specimen of architecture and – most of all – of interior decoration; it contains many everyday objects and works of art in the Oriental style that were fashionable at the time.

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One of the most important and famous buildings on Drottningholm is the Court Theater, built in 1766. In it are still preserved mechanisms of that era, typical of theaters in Italy, where they were brought from. They are the first mechanisms of their kind that create the action in performances – moving the scenery during performances, imitating the sounds of nature. The theater is active, it still hosts performances, and for that it bears the proud title of one of the oldest functioning theaters in Europe. As well as 200 years ago, operas are staged there.

Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm

Ticket prices for Drottningholm Royal Palace in 2022

The cost of a ticket to Drottningholm Royal Palace is for a full day’s stay in the grounds and depends on the age of the visitor and the season.

  • Children under the age of 7 years old are free to enter the palace grounds.
  • From 7 to 17 years old – 65 SEK, in summer – 70 SEK,
  • for students – 65 SEK, in summer – 70 SEK,
  • adults (from 18 years) – 130 SEK, in summer – 140 SEK.

Prices are subject to change. Learn current information before the visit and buy tickets online on the official website of Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm.

Also in Stockholm operates a card Stockholm Pass, which provides a single entrance to many attractions of the Swedish capital and acts as a travel document. Its holders free entrance to the territory of the palace Drottningholm – he is one of the sites where it operates. Find out more information and buy the card, which will save you a lot of money, here or at the link below.

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