This palace is no longer a Royal Residence but the Swedish King and Queen do have their offices here and hold official ceremonies and audiences with foreign dignitaries. Although there have been forts or palaces on this site since the 11th century, this current palace dates from 1700s and was designed by Tessin the Younger. You can take a tour around the state apartments which includes the guest apartments [where visiting Royals/dignitaries would have stayed], the beautiful Hall of State and Karl XIs gallery. The changing of guard takes place at noon every day, which we weren't there in time for unforunately. One thing I liked was the modern room that had been gifted to the King & queen, it was a nice contrast and nice to think that in decades (centuries?) to come visitors will be able to see something of our style as well as the centuries old.
Ok, we spent an afternoon in Galma Stan (old town) and it leads you to the royal palace...admission includes the royal treasury where they have some cool royal crowns and swords...that right there is worth the price of admission, once inside the palace your are not allowed photos !!! are you kidding....I took tons of photos !!!!! The only bad thing about the royal palace is one about 7 rooms are open out of the 1000 rooms in the palace... The king and queen were at there fall palace and not in Stockholm the days we were there, and were told that those are the only rooms open year round.... Worth a visit but a tad disappointed you can't see more !!!!!
Kungliga Slottet is the official residence of the monarch (Carl XVI Gustaf), the Swedish Royal Family, as well as the offices of the Royal Court of Sweden. The royal family's private residence is Drottningholm Palace. Kungliga Slottet boasts 608 rooms, making it the largest palace in the world still used by a head of state. The palace itself is a sight, both inside and out. It also offers other smaller things to do to fill out your day in Gamla Stan.
Below are all the things I would recommend seeing the same day you visit the Royal Palace.
-Skattkammaren (The Treasury) - Located in the cellar vault of The Royal Palace. See the crown's of the several princes, Erik XIV's crown, King Gustav Vasa's sword of state, and so much more. I highly recommend taking one of the guided tours. They are really informative, and make a huge difference in the experience. You will be amazed by the beauty, and history of these crowns.
-Museum Tre Kronor (Tre Kronor Palace Museum) - Located in the cellar of the Royal Palace. Take a look at remnants of the Tre Kronor Castle, destroyed by a fire in 1697.
-Livrustkammaren (The Royal Armoury) - Located in the cellar vault of the Royal Palace, see the attire worn by the court, as well as armor, weapons, and carriages.
-Gustav III's Antikmuseum (The Museum of Antiquities of Gustav III) - This is Sweden's oldest public art museum. This museum showcases Gustav III's collection of sculptures he purchased on his journey to Italy in 1783-1784.
-The Changing of the Guards ceremony takes place Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12.00 and on Sundays and public holidays at 13.00.
**No trip to Stockholm is complete without a visit to The Royal Palace. The Royal Palace is in my Top 5 sights in Stockholm.
The Stockholm Palace (Swedish: Stockholms slott) is the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch. I stumbled upon it without the help of any map as I was walking through Gamla Stan. It was late at night and uniformed guards watched the area around the 609-room palace.
I read that the palace was guarded by the Högvakten, a royal guard of members of the Swedish Armed Forces. They date back to the early 16th century. The next morning, I passed by again and saw more guards.
See the statue of Stockholm-builder King Gustav III who loved the arts and founded the Royal Dramatic Theater and Opera. By a wicked twist of fate, he was assassinated in a masquerade ball at Royal Opera House in 1792.
The ceremony started right at 12.30 pm and the entire area was crowded with tourists. The new guards were introduced while drums were played. There was a colourful parade and commentry in English too (very touristy indeed). But the entire thing was something that I really loved. The feel can't be described in pictures, but still I put the best ones here. The ceremony continued for about an hour and I loved every bit of it.
I was at the Royal palace when the changing of the guards was taking place. I was told that there were two changing of guards ceremony, one at 11.30 am and the bigger one at 12.30 pm and the existing guards advised me to rather come at 12.30 pm and watch that one. it was already 11 am and as suggested, I decided to skip the first one and come back in one and half hours. I did so and was overwhelm by what I saw. By the time I left, the big buses with the new guards had already come and they were busy changing their dresses and getting ready with their drums and other instruments. Took some photos with them and came back for the ceremony. I was amazed at the fact that the royal guards are not only allowed to talk with you and cooperate with you when you want to take a photo with them, but also that they suggest things to you. here are some photos from the scene before the ceremony began. The details of the ceremony is in my next tips.
The Stockholm Palace or the Kungliga Slottet is the place where the Swedish King (King Carl XVI Gustaf) works. However, the residence of the royal family is in the Drottningholm Palace, situated little outside of the city. Kungliga Slottet is situated in Stadsholmen island of the city in Gamla Stan area. It is very close to the Swedish parliament. The royal administrative offices are located here. The original building here was a fortress built by Birger Jarl in the 13th century. The fortress was extended to form a castle called the Tre Kronor ("Three Crowns") Castle. However, in a fire in 1697, most of the castle was burnt down. The palace was rebuilt in mid 18th century. The palace is one of the largest royal palaces in the world still used as a royal palace with 609 rooms. The palace has a variety of museums inside like the Tre kronor museum showing the remains from the original castle, the Antikmuseum of King Gustav III, the Royal armoury and the Royal gift shop.
this is the biggest royal palace in the whole world and still the king's office.the building was finished in 1754 in baroque architectural style.in summer time you can see changing of the gaurds outside here.you can take a tour guide and don't forget royal appartments which are opened 10-16 h in summer.there is a combination ticket for the castle and 2 museums inside it.it cost 130 SEK(65 for children & students) but for royal appartments you have to buy separate ticket which costs 90 SEK.(35 for children&student).
The Royal Palace of Stockholm is His Majesty The King's official residence and is also the setting for most of the monarchy's official receptions. The palace is a daily place of work for The King and Queen as well as for the various departments that make up the Royal Court.
This combination of royal residence, workplace and culture-historical monument open year round to visitors makes the Royal Palace of Stockholm unique amongst Europe's royal residences.
The palace is built in baroque style by the architect Nicodemus Tessin and is formed as a Roman palace. The palace has more than 600 rooms divided between seven floors with a state apartment facing the city and smaller living rooms facing the inner courtyard.
The palace contains many interesting things to see. In addition to the Royal Apartments there are three museums steeped in regal history: the Treasury with the regalia, the Tre Kronor Museum that portrays the palaces medieval history and Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.
The Kungliga Slottet or Royal palace is the official residence of the King of Sweden. THe King and Queen have offices in the palace. The palace was built on the site of the old Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) fortress which was constructed in the 13th century and was destroyed by a fire in the 17th century.
Certain areas of the palace are open to the public including the Banqueting rooms, the guest adn Bernadotte Apartments, the Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry, the Hall of State and the Royal Chapel.
The Royal Palace supposedly is the largest of its kind the world with 608 rooms. The king still has his working quarters here, but resides in Drottningholm. The palace was built during 60 years after the old one burned down in 1697.
You can visit the royal apartments as long as there isn't an official reception (I was unlucky, the Bulgarian president was being entertained there).
A couple of other museums occupy some place in the palace. I visited the Treasury where you can marvel at the crowns and swords of former kings (quite small) and the Tre Kronor museum which is dedicated to the history of the old palace (Tre Kronor).
Opening times depend on the season, so check before you go. Admission to the museums is 90 SEK each!
To see how large the palace actually is one has to see it from the air. The one side borders the harbour front of Stockholm whereas the town side is close to the river front. In the centre one can see a massive court yard that is lined by a square building. The main entrance to the palace is at the round shape extensions of the palace.
The present building of the Royal Palace dates back to the early 18th century when it was built over the ruins of the Fort Tre Konor that burnt down in 1695. The Royal Palace combines Italian Renaissance and Baroque Styles. There are 608 rooms all magnificently decorated. The building is however just the working palace, the residential palace of the Royal Family is on the outskirts of Stockholm.
The guards are very friendly and handsome :oD, and the ceremony is worth seeing twice.:oD Don't hesitate to walk into the palace and take a look at the chambers and halls (you're not allowed to take pictures inside), go down to the treasury and to the Tre Kronor museum. There's also a nice shop outside the palace, you can buy... some king's honey for example.:oD You can get one ticket and visit all those places any time you want, I mean, any other day. The places that you have visited will be crossed out. But once I started I couldn't stop.:o) The palace is very beautiful and luxurious, and simply curious to have a look at. And the guy in the Treasury somehow found out that I haven't seen Tre Kronor, and he crossed it once again (as his colleague from the Palace confused me and crossed it out, as he was sure I've been to Tre Kronor) and wrote "får se igen" (should see once again), that was sooo sweet.:oD Svenskar är bäst, ingen protest!:oD
From the Storkyrkan you are only a few steps away from the the Royal Palace. When you get out of the Cathedral, take a right from the entrance and take a right again at Storkyrkobrinken. The first sign of the Royal Palace will be this freezing guard, hahaha, if you go in the winter that is, lol :-)
In the second picture you can see one of the lions that decorate the outside of the Palace at the northern entrance There are two huge lion statues and they are located at the north side of the Palace, towards the Riksdagshuset / Parliament building. The little hill is called Lejonbacken or translated "The Lions Hill". The lions were placed here in 1704.