When you are at Drottningholm at noon don't forget to take a look at the changing of the guards! The main "Changing of the Guards" takes place at the Royal Palace in the heart of Stockholm, but Drottningholm also has its own, although this is a much shorter ceremony. The event takes place at 12 o'clock and takes about 10 minutes.I didn't wait to...more
The last room I would like to show you a bit of is the Billiard Room at Kina Slott. Like the Confidence, this is also a seperate building. The billiard room is similar in style as the main building and was completed at the end of the the 1760's. This room was originally used for playing billiards. Nowadays the room gives an impression of how the...more
Kina Slott consists of more then one building, actually there are quite a few of them. Of course you have to visit the main building, which is by far the most impressive, but you shouldn't forget to take a quick peek inside the Confidence as well. The Confidence is a dining room, but not your usual one! The Royal Family could use this private...more
I wish I could show you a bit more of the interior of the Kina Slott, but unfortunately photography is forbidden inside. The only photo I have is of this Chinese lacquer-panel. And unlike what this particular photo might suggest, the Kina Slott is a very colourful place. I was amazed by the abundance of colours and how they in a remarkable way...more
Everywhere you look on the outside of the buildings at Kina Slott, and even more so on the inside, you will see Chinoiserie. In the photos you can see a few examples of decorations that ornate the outside of the palace. Chinoiserie was very popular in the middle of the 18th century and can be described as an artistic style dominated by Chinese...more
So who wouldn't like to get a small palace as a present? In this case Queen Lovisa Ulrika did on her birthday in the year 1753. Kina Slott was given to her by her husband King Adolf Fredrik as a surprise gift. Chinoiserie was the height of fashion in those days and thus the present was highly appreciated. The original wooden building didn't last so...more
From the windows at the top of the stairs you have a good view over the formal gardens of Drottningholm (second photo). The view over the garden is actually the only place where you are allowed to take photos inside Drottningholm. These formal gardens are the oldest in the series of three garden styles at the palace. They date back to the 17th...more
The interior of the palace is in early Baroque style of the 1660s and 1670s. Rooms not to be missed are the beautiful staircase (see photo previous tip), the Ehrenstrahl Drawing Room and the Hedvig Eleonora's State Bedchamber. The room I liked best of all though is the library (see photo). The library is the creation of Princess Lovisa Ulrika of...more
Time to visit my favourite place at Drottningholm: the Chinese Pavilion! The Chinese Pavilion, or Kina Slott in Swedish, is a small pleasure palace hidden away in the gardens of Drottningholm. No worries though, there are lots of signs pointing you into the right direction, so you can't miss it. If you are at Drottningholm I really would recommend...more
Drottningholm Theatre had its true period of greatness during the reign of Gustav III, but who was he? Gustav III (1746-1792), also called the Theatre King, became king in 1771. After one year on the throne he made, with support of France, a coup d'tat to increase his power. He ruled despite his dictatorship in the name of "enlighten autocracy" and...more
Directly beside the Palace you can see the The Drottningholm Palace Theatre, or in Swedish called "Drottningholms Slottsteater". The Slottsteater is an opera house from 1766. Nowadays it is run by a private foundation, but you can visit it and it is even in function as a real theatre! I would love to go here to watch a theatre play some day, but it...more
Inside the formal gardens there are quite a few statues, of which you can see one in the photo. Unfortunately I couldn't get close as most of this area was fenced off. In the centre of the "Embroidery Parterre", which is the formal garden nearest to the Palace, you can see the Hercules Fountain (third photo). This fountain has bronze figures by the...more
A good way to look around inside the palace is by taking a guided tour. During the summertime a guided tour is no problem, but off-season they are only available during the weekends. So take that into account when planning your visit. Drottningholm is not only a 'tourist attraction' it is actually still a Royal Palace in every sense of the word as...more
Drottningholm is often called the "Versailles of the North" and when you look at the photos you can understand why. The architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder (and later Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, who completed the work) was clearly inspired by the famous French palace. But when you get a bit closer to the palace and walk around in the gardens,...more
Drottningholm is not only a palace, it has lots more to offer. You can see the changing of the guards, visit one of the best preserved baroque theatres in Europe, walk through the formal gardens, be surprised by the strange looking Guards' Tent or, and this is my personal favourite, visit Kina Slott! There are a view more things to see, like Museum...more
Really great service at this company!!Free rides with the stockholmcard ( you can by this at the Pressbyran) Goes every hour.Make sure you''re there early for tourist are crowding to get on the top deck. (or relax and settle for an indoor trip)I lost my memory card there and they send it to Holland for me!!! (no extra costs!!)greetings Tatianamore
The boats seems the must fun option when wanting to visit Drottningholm from the city centre, but there are of course alternatives. When you want to travel by public transport take the Underground (T-bana) to Brommaplan and from there change to bus 301-323, or alternatively 177 or 178 to Drottningholm.The other option would be to travel here by...more
A enjoble way to travel to Drottningholm is by ferry. The ferry leaves from the heart of the city (Stadshusbron) all the way to the Palace. On the way you will have a nice view over Stockholm from the water. The ferry doesn't go all year round, but start approximately at the end of April and ends at the end of October. Depending on high or...more
For the ones that are desperate to do some gift shopping, there is a little souvenir store beside the Palace. When you walk from the front of the Palace towards the formal gardens (which are on the back side of the Palace) you'll get to a little square. Around the square are several buildings, and one of them is souvenir shop. Here you can find your normal type of gifts and souvenirs, like postcards and so on, and of course all types of gifts that have to do with the Swedish Royal Family.
I already mentioned it in some of my tips, but I find it so remarkable that I decided that this would be a appropriate local custom tip. Sweden is known to be rather expensive, but not everything is so expensive as one might expect!
What really surprised me, and this was a very good surprise, that you don't have to pay for each and every move you make around Drottningholm Palace! The parking is for example for free and so is the entrance to the gardens! So if you are not eager to go inside any of the buildings, but just want to have a look around, make a stroll in the gardens, see the Royal Palace on the outside, it would actually cost you nothing!! Quite amazing I think when realizing that Drottningholm is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Sweden!
Whatever they try to convince you off at Drottningholm, it is NOT possible to combine the guided two tours of Drottningholm and Kina Slott directly after each other!! The guided tour at Drottningholm starts at the one hour and at Kina Slott at the next. We were told that it was designed exactly like this that you could combine the two guided tours directly after each other! Well.... never in your wildest dreams would this be possible!!!
You will need at least 10 minutes to walk very quickly from the Drottningholm Palace to Kina Slott, and the guided tour at Drottningholm Palace takes much more then 50 minutes! So if you add upp the two, this would be far more then 1 hour, hence, you will be too for the start of the guided tour at Kina Slott!
Luckily we realized this on time (well, sort of on time) and we decided to leave the guided tour at Drottningholm Palace after 45-50 minutes and almost ran towards Kina Slott. We arrived just on time there for the guided tour. A good decision in our opinion as the guided tour at Kina Slott was much more to our liking then the one at Drottningholm Palace. The final conclusion: if you want to do the two guided tour completely, count on it that you have to wait at least 90 minutes between the two. So start your day early, do Drottningholm first, then maybe a walk in the park with a picnic, and end your day with the wonderful little Kina Slott.