Drottningholm, Stockholm

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    Drottningholm Palace

    by shavy Updated Oct 1, 2013

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    Visit in the summer the garden is beautiful green
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    This beautiful castle that the name "Drottningholm" carries the first of fourteen monuments on the World Heritage list of UNESCO in Sweden

    The castle still serves as permanent residence of the royal family, inside the beautiful rooms from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries are free to admire

    The summer palace of the Swedish royal family located on the island Lovo
    Also called the Versailles of Sweden

    The palace was before affected by the French Versailles, like so many palaces at that time
    The architectural style of the lock is baroque, the gardens are beautiful and if you visit in the summertime the grass are even more greener and the flowers are in bloom

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    Drottingholm

    by shavy Written Oct 1, 2013

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    Visit during summer is the best time, the garden is beautiful in green
    A boat trip brings visitors in about 50 minutes from Stockholm's city center at Stadshuset to the royal domain of Drottningholm.

    Free admission with the Stockholm Card
    Inside the most impressive is the Great Staircase which dominates the center of the palace
    Large statues of the nine muses are placed on the balustrade of the staircase which was designed by Tessin the Elder

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    The Palace, Gardens & How to Get There

    by DSwede Written Jul 18, 2011

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    Changing of the Guard at Drottingholm

    While there is probably copious amounts of information and reviews about the 16th century palace that has served as the home of the royal family since 1981. I will try not to add too much clutter to these.

    The Palace is fairly impressive (Open May-August 10am~16:30pm daily / September 1200n~15:30pm daily / October - April Saturdays and Sundays 12n~15:30pm) and the gardens have been likened to Versailles. Since the Royal Family does reside here, there is a full time guard which you may be fortunate enough to see them changing over.

    To get there, you can take the ferry from Stockholm, or you can take a number of guided tours. However these are all rather pricey.

    The cheapest way to get there would be as follow:
    Take the metro to Bromoplan. From there, take bus #312 (direction Adolsö), or bus #176 (direction Stenhamra) or bus #177 (direction Ekerö).

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    Drottningholm Castle

    by Sjalen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Versailles and Schönbrunn are perhaps bigger sights but a Heritage site is a Heritage site and this was the first Swedish one in 1991 together with its theatre in the following tip. It is a very nice palace and has a scenic lakeside setting. You cannot visit all of the inside as the royal family live here (to the right in the picture) since the 1980s when they left Stockholm Royal Palace for the countryside, but the other wing is open for you to walk through or go on guided tours every hour on the hour (less frequent in winter). Just bear in mind that the last tour is shorter as than the rest as they close (you can find opening hours in the link below). You can also stroll around the gardens which is what all these photos are from as you are not allowed to take pictures inside the castle. It was started on in the 17th century by the widowed Queen Hedvig Eleonora who realised the cultural value of a new castle for Sweden and had it built in what was already royal grounds outside Stockholm. It has then been added to for another century, much inspired by Versailles and work was led by the famous Tessins - father and son. My own favourites are the library which is fantastic, as well as one of the old Queen's parade bedroom where she received the really prominent guests. Fantastic interiors, although the entrance hall in mock marble isn't bad either. With my parents only a few bus stops away from Drottningholm, it's perhaps surprising that I'm not here more often but County Stockholm just has so many things to see. Have a look at my Ekerö page for many more impressions.

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    Royal Palace

    by Arial_27 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Stochholm Palce (Stockholms Slott) is the official residence of the Swedish monarch. The offices of the royal court of Sweden, as well as offices of members of the Royal family are all located here. (The private residence of the Royal family is at Drottningholmslott though)
    There are four different sections at the palace: the Gustav III Antiques museum, the Royal Apartments, the treasury, and the Tre Kronor museum. Adults get in for 70 kronor, and students for 35 kronor.

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    Drottningholm Palace

    by Canadian_girl Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is the residence of the Swedish royal family and a very beautiful estate. I was there in late October when it was cold, grey and rainy, but it was still magical. Inspires all sorts of wannabe-princess fantasies. Tours of the palace apartments are available.

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    Drottningholm

    by martin_nl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Drottningholms Slott

    The whole Drottningholm complex is on the UNESCO list. The palace situated on the island Lövon was built in between 1615 and 1681. The Royal family still uses a part of the building.

    The most sighful things in and around the palace are of course the palace itself, Slottsteatern, Teatermuseum and Kina Slott (Chinese Pavillion).

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    Drottningsholms slott with chinese pavilion

    by gugi66 Updated Aug 4, 2008

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    Make a day trip to Drottningholm and experience a historic milieu of the highest international standards.

    The Drottningholm Palace is on UNESCO´s World Heritage list. It is the most well-preserved royal castle built in the 1600s in Sweden and at the same time is representative of all European architecture for the period.
    The combination of the exotic Chinese Pavilion pleasure palace, the palace theatre and the magnificent palace gardens make a visit to Drottningholm a unique experience.

    Influenced by French prototype, the palace was built by architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder by commission of Queen Hedvig Eleonora. A number of royal personages have since then left their mark on the palace.

    The Palace has been the present Royal Family's permanent residence. The rooms in the southern wing of the palace are reserved for this purpose. The rest of the palace and grounds are open to the public year round.

    Make sure you bring good walking shoes. Check out my travelogues of Drottningholm for more pictures and information.

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    Waterfalls in the garden

    by Joacim Written Jul 17, 2008

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    The waterfalls you can find in the garden of the Drottningholm Palace is extremely beautiful. It was the King Gustaf VI Adolf who opened the watercascades in 1961.

    The garden architect and planner Tessin had a thought about water art in the garden from the very beginning but it wasn't until mid 20th century that the tought was realised!

    Ivar Tengbom was the man who gave the thought new life and led the work until completion. Thank you for that Ivar!

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    The Royal livingroom

    by Joacim Written Jul 17, 2008

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    This is the palace where the Swedish Royal Family lives. It has a fantastic garden and the tour of the palace is also well worth the time. Even though it is crowded you can easily find your own place for contemplation, picknic, or just sitting around and enjoy life! The Palace is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The history of the palace is:

    The name Drottningholm (literally meaning "Queen's islet") came from the original renaissance building designed by Willem Boy, a stone palace built by John III of Sweden in 1580 for his wife Queen Katarina Jagellonica. Hedwig Eleonora bought the castle in 1661, a year after her role as Queen of Sweden ended, but it burnt to the ground on 30th December that same year. Hedwig hired the famous Swedish architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder to design and rebuild the castle. In 1662 work began on the reconstruction of the building. With the castle almost complete, Nicodemus died in 1681. His son Nicodemus Tessin the Younger continued his work and completed the elaborate interior designs.

    The palace was given as a gift to the then Princess, later Queen, of Sweden, Louisa Ulrika of Prussia in 1744 when she married Adolf Frederick of Sweden, who became King of Sweden in 1751. During Louisa's ownership of Drottningholm the interior of the palace was transformed in a more sophisticated French rococo style. Louisa was also responsible for having the Drottningholm Palace Theatre rebuilt in a grand style after the more modest original building burnt down in 1762. In 1777, Louisa sold Drottningholm to the Swedish state. While it was owned by the Swedish state, Gustav III of Sweden, son of Louisa, lived in the palace.

    For much of the 19th century, the palace was ignored and started to decay. This saw some change during the reign of Oscar I of Sweden. In 1907 a major restoration of the palace was carried out.

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    Residence of the Royal Family :)

    by Durfun Written Jul 17, 2008
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    A lovely baroque palace this is!

    There are lovely gardens to the front, and a nice, tranquil lake with gardens to the rear side.

    Guards are everywhere, and you can pose near (not beside) the one in the front. Changing of the guard takes place around the rear, the part facing the lake. It's a lovely experience.

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    Residence of the Royal Family :)

    by Durfun Written Jul 17, 2008

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    A lovely baroque palace this is!

    There are lovely gardens to the front, and a nice, tranquil lake with gardens to the rear side.

    Guards are everywhere, and you can pose near (not beside) the one in the front. Changing of the guard takes place around the rear, the part facing the lake. It's a lovely experience.

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    Drottningholms

    by t_cims Written Jul 13, 2008
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    The Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located in Drottningholm. It is built on the island Lovön (in Ekerö Municipality of Stockholm County), and is one of Sweden's Royal Palaces. It was originally built in the late 16th century. Apart from being the private residency of the Swedish royal family, the castle is a popular tourist attraction.

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    Drottningholm Palace

    by WYLENEoftheWORLD Written Apr 20, 2008

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    Drottningholm Palace is considered the "Versailles of Sweden," but I wouldn't say so. It's beautiful and the grounds are wonderful, but it has none of the grandeur or ostentation of Versailles! Not to mention that this palace is the current home to Swedish Royalty!

    Tour the palace first, then walk the extensive grounds- there are surprises around every corner!

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    Drottningholm Slott

    by sim1 Updated Jun 9, 2007

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    Drottningholm Slott (or Drottningholm Palace) is the most famous of Sweden palaces and it is located on the outskirts of Stockholm on the island of Lovön. The name "Drottningholm" means "Queens Inlet", a well chosen name as the palace was built for Queen Hedvig Eleonora and it is located on an inlet of Lake Mälaren. It was build in 1662, after the previous palace on this site was burned down to the ground.

    As Drottningholm is located so close to Stockholm it has become a popular site to visit. The Palace and its grounds are on the UNESCO´s World Heritage list, which probably draws in even more people. But despite being such a major attraction, I thought it was still relatively calm and nice to visit.

    Drottningholm is not only a palace, there is much more to see and do here.Some of the things not to be missed are the theatre, changing of the guards, the gardens, the Guards' Tent, and most of all Kina Slott!


    You can find more detailed information about Drottningholm and Kina Slott on my Drottningholm page

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