Drottningholm, Stockholm

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    Drottningholm Theatre

    by Sjalen Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Just as important to UNESCO was the Court theatre next to the palace. Built in Lovisa Ulrika's days on the site of an older palace theatre, it was completed in 1766, during the height of Swedish enlightenment, and the stage and its Italian machinery looks exactly the same today as it did then. In the 1770s, it saw its glory days under the "theatre king" Gustaf III and anything from pantomimes to opera was played here. As the king was murdered (incidentally in another theatre), theatre going fell out of fashion in Sweden and it wasn't until the 1920s that the theatre at Drottningholm was renovated again but then it was done gently. There are still performances regularly again but for financial reasons not as many as there used to be a decade ago as the trust running the theatre gets less government funding. Visitors are welcome from May to September (see webpage below).

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    A Castle, a Theater and a Chinese Palace

    by tini58de Written Jul 8, 2006

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    Drottningholm is the residence of King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Sylvia and is about half an hour outside of Stockholm at Lake Mälaren. In 1991 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, namely because of the Chinese Palace and the very interesting theater.

    When we visited, we were not able to get inside the main palace, since it was still closed due to the celebrations for the king's 60th birthday.

    We decided to have a close look at the Chinese Palace, but unfortunately did not go on a tour through the theater. In hindsight I probably would have done it the other way around!

    For all of you who would like to take a virtual tour of Drottningholm and all it has to offer, go to this German website of Drottningholm and click on the icon "film" (on the very left) - truly very very nicely done!

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    Drottingholm

    by cfuentesm Written Nov 21, 2005

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    This royal residence is the best example of teh grandeur of European monarchies. You can take a ferry from downtown that will take you to this palace in about 20 minutes. Magnificent gardens and buildings.

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    Drottningholm

    by polardabar Updated Nov 20, 2005

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    Drottningholm is a bit away from the city center, but it's definitely worth seeing. It's a castle with gardens [very similar to Versailles] & the Kina Slott - a great looking Chinese house! If you're lucky, you can also catch the change of the guard, but since they're allowed to move, it might not be as much fun as usually, hehe... ;)

    Drottningholm's surroundings are decorated really nicely! There are numerous parks you can take a promenade around, meadows where you can sit & relax, fountains, flower arrangements aso. Take some time to explore it!

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    Drottningholm Palace

    by CandS Written Jul 6, 2005
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    Drottningholm Palace is a great place to visit while you're in Stockholm. It's not right in town but it is easy enough to get to by train. We loved the palace and had our own private tour of the old theatre. :)

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  • DROTTNINGHOLM - A MUST

    by sue_borg Updated May 31, 2005

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    The Royal Domain of Drottningholm on the island of Lovön, Stockholm, was the first Swedish site on the World Heritage List

    -The Palace`s Exhibition floor, followed by the unique 18th century theatre where performances are still given during the summer.
    -Drottningholm Castle
    -The Chinese Pavilion
    And on a nice day take a walk through the magnificent palace grounds

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    The residence of the royals--Drottningholm

    by wadekorzan Updated Feb 11, 2005

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    The royals have lived here since 1981--and it is a beautiful residence. If only we travellers could also spend the night! The palace was started 440 years ago and has been very weel restored--particularly beauiful is the bedchamber of Hedvig Eleanor and the Queen Lovisa Ulrika Rococo Library. The gardens are beautiful as is the Court Theatre and Chinese Pavilion. The entire palace has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
    Open May-August 10 AM - 4:30 PM daily
    September: 12:00 noon - 3:30 PM daily
    October - April Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 - 3:30 PM.

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    The residence of the royals--Drottningholm

    by wadekorzan Updated Jun 10, 2004

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    The royals have lived here since 1981--and it is a beautiful residence. If only we travellers could also spend the night! The palace was started 440 years ago and has been very weel restored--particularly beauiful is the bedchamber of Hedvig Eleanor and the Queen Lovisa Ulrika Rococo Library. The gardens are beautiful as is the Court Theatre and Chinese Pavilion. The entire palace has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.

    Open May-August 10 AM - 4:30 PM daily
    September: 12:00 noon - 3:30 PM daily
    October - April Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 - 3:30 PM.

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    Drottningholm Castle

    by Bigs Updated Apr 28, 2003

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    This is the residence of the Swedish king Carl Gustav. He lives here with his family when they are in Stockholm. The castle is situated a bit outside the city center, but it is a must see! Beautiful buildings and gardens....It´s lying on the Mälaren Lake.....
    Why not try a boattrip over this lake? Ships are leaving next to the Stadhuset in the city center.....Must be a lovely trip when the sun is shining over Stockholm! We took the car ;(

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    by sabsi Updated Mar 5, 2003

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    This is the royal palace where the king and his family actually lives - unlike the castle in the old town (Gamla Stan). There's a beautiful huge park around it and the castle itself looks much nicer than the palace in Gamly Stan. Oh and .. it's great for tourist watching, too ;)

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    Drottningholm Castle FOR MORE...

    by Znaky Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    Drottningholm Castle
    FOR MORE PICS VISIT MY TRAVELOUGE!!
    The Royal Familys residense.. A nice castle with a wonderful view over the water and with an amazing park.. Not to forget the theater! Remember to pay the theatre a visit. (See the photo to the left)

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    DROTTINGHOLM PALACE

    by CharleneP Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Very old Palace, you can go and see the palace's exhibition floor. The gardens is beautiful and very big. Lot of space for picnic's. There is also the unique 18th century theatre where performances are still given during the summer.

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    TAKE A CRUISE

    by MichalisM Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    If you are not visiting Stockholm during the winter ,then it will be a very good idea to make a cruise to see the island around Stockholm.
    Otherwise you can take a boat from the Stadhus area and make a dailly trip to an island.A good choice will be Drottingholm where is the palace of the Swedish King.There are ships every 2 hours that are going there.

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    Drottningholm palace. This is...

    by ciaramalone Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Drottningholm palace. This is the residence of the Swedish Royal family. It is in a beautiful location. There are a number of ways to get to the Drottningholm palace from Stockholm. One of the most pleasant ways is to catch the ferry at the City Hall. The ride over there takes about an hour, and you can take one of two boats: The Drottningholm or the Prince Carl Philip.

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    Have a visit to Drottningholm...

    by Nobbe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Have a visit to Drottningholm Palace.
    Drottningholm Palace has been the home of the Royal Family since 1981.
    The name Drottningholm (literally 'Queen's Island') originated in the late 16th century, when King Johan III built the first Palace on this site, for his Consort, Queen Katarina Jagellonika. The 16th century Palace was destroyed by fire on 30th December 1661. Earlier that year the Queen Dowager, Hedvig Eleonora, had bought the Palace. After the fire, the architect Nikodemus Tessin the Elder was commissioned by the Queen Dowager to design a new building, and in 1662 work began on the Palace, as we know it today. At the time, Hedvig Eleonora headed the Regency for the young King Karl XI. The Peace of Westphalia in 1648 had made Sweden one of the most powerful states in Europe, and, according to the contemporary way of looking at things, the Queen, as head of the Government of Sweden, had to be provided with a suitably impressive residence at a convenient distance from the capital.

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