Drottningholm, Stockholm

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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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    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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    The residence of the royals--Drottningholm

    by wadekorzan Updated Feb 11, 2005

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    Drottningholm Palace

    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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