Kungliga Slottet - Royal Palace, Stockholm

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    The Royal Palace

    by sim1 Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    In the wintertime there is not that much to see and do outside the Royal Palace, except for a few guards. Hahaha, so of course they were the obvious target for my camera :-)))

    In the second picture you can see another winter scene at the Royal Palace. But in the wintertime you shouldn't be outside the Palace, it is inside where you need to be. There is a lot to see there! You can take a tour through the Royal Apartments, visit the Tre Kronor Museum, The Treasury and the Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.

    A combination ticket to visit the castle, Skattkammaren and the Museum Tre Kronor will cost you 130 SEK (Children and students 65 SEK). The entrance fee for the separate parts will cost you 90 SEK each and 35 SEK for children and students. Children aged under 7 admission free. The combination ticket is valid for 30 days.

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    by Mariajoy Updated Jul 21, 2004

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    Well I don't know if this really counts as a "Must See Activity - as I just "happened upon" it by accident and I didn't go in. I think if I had been staying longer I might have visited.

    Anyway it's the Royal Palace - and very lovely it is too.

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    The Royal Library - National library of Sweden

    by vec Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kungliga biblioteket (The Royal Library) is the national library of Sweden. The building in Humlegården is from 1878.

    The library collects everything that is printed in Sweden. This means that if something is released in Sweden, you will find it here.

    Due to the amount of material all books are stored in magazines and have to be ordered one day in advance. All books must be read at the library since they are not free to borrow.

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    The Royal Chapel

    by wadekorzan Written Jun 10, 2004

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    Really a very beautifl chapel worth seeing, it is still used by the Royal Family for religious ceremonies. The interior (18th century) is done in the beautiful baroque style. Services are held here every Sunday and are open to the public.

    he Royal Chapel occupies part of the southern wing of the palace. Guards stand outside the entrance which is also the entrance to the Treasury. The entrance hall is beautiful, and stairs left and right sweep up to the upper floors. To the right these stairs lead to the entrance of the chapel, which is on the upper floor.

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    Jun 9 - August: 10 AM - 4 PM
    August 28 - June 3: 12:00 noon - 3:00 PM

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    Combination tickets

    by UKDaisy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I recommend the purchase of a combination ticket (130 SEK). This allows you to visit The Royal Apartments, The Treasury, The Tre Kronor Museum and the Gustav III Museum of Antiquities (separate admission of each place would cost 90 SEK each). The combination ticket is valid for 30 days from the day of purchase, so you don't have to do everything in one day.

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    The Royal Palace

    by ChiTownMike Written May 25, 2004

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    The Royal Palace is a spectacular site in Stockholm. The current building was built in the 18th century. Previously, there was an older palace which burned down. The royal family do not live there these days, instead using the palace more as an office and place for office receptions. Visitors can take a tour through the royal apartments.

    You will see the palace guard in their blue uniforms. Fortunately, I managed to get there to seeing the changing of the guard which was quite a cool sight.

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    Stockholm Royal Palace

    by Sjalen Updated Oct 3, 2005

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    No, this is NOT where the royal family live as they moved to greener pastures at Drottningholm Castle some years ago but this is still where the king has his offices and where the changing of the guard takes place. There has been a castle here for a long time but the old one ("Three Crowns") burned down in the 17th century and this, designed by famous architect Tessin, was built in its place. You can go on guided tours of many rooms as well as watch the Changing of the guards outside (times vary depending on season so please check Stockholm's official site).

    Changing of the guards on a cold day
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    Kungliga Slottet

    by Pieter11 Written Feb 20, 2006

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    At a corner of Gamla Stan, the Kungliga Slottet, Royal Palace, is located. This is one of the nicest monuments of the city, at a great location. Two of the wings of this yellow-brown palace almost reach the water and the building is situated on top of a hill.

    The current palace replaced the old Castle Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) that burned down in 1697. The old one had its origins in the 10th century and started as a fortress to defend the island. Later, when Sweden became a modern Kingdom, King Magnus Eriksson ordered to built a castle at the same place, named Tre Kronor, because he ruled over 3 Kingdoms: Sweden, Norway and Skane.

    From the 16th century on the castle was made into a palace where the Royal Family moved in. This one didn't last long, because of the disastrous fire at the end of the 17th century. After that, during the regime of Charles XII, the palace was completely rebuilt in a Renaissance style. The palace became simple and robust from the outside and luxurious from the inside. Baroc rooms were built and everything was very classy for those days.

    Today the Palace is still used by the Royal Family, but parts are open for public. If you buy a full ticket you will see the following things:

    - The Royal Apartments: The rooms where the Royal family used to stay. With as most beautiful room the Hall of State, where official occasions take place.
    - The Treasury: Here, deep inside the Palace, the Royal treasures are kept. Some unbelievebly beautiful crowns, coats and jewels are shown here.
    - Tre Kronor Museum: A really nice museum that tells you everything about the long history of the Palace. You can even take a look at the oldest parts of the Castle: bricks that are 800 years old.
    - Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities: This is a small museum with the private collection of, mostly Roman, statues. The special thing about this room is that it's in exactly the same position as it was in the 1790's, which you can see on an old painting of the room.

    Pieter 11 and the Royal Palace The Royal Palace from inside
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    Royal Palace

    by dejavu2gb Written Mar 2, 2005

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    Kunliga Slottet, is the biggest Royal Palace in the world. The original one burnt down in 1697, so the present one was built in its place.
    Its worth visiting, as its a gorgoeus building, that is very very big.
    Changing of the guard takes place daily.

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    kungliga slottet

    by doug48 Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    the kungliga slottet, (new castle) was built on the site of the tre kronor fortress which burned down in 1697. the kungliga slottet took 57 years to build and it is the world's largest royal castle in use today. inside you can tour the royal apartments, the hall of state, and the throne room. the slottet is located in the gamla stan, the medieval quarter, of stockholm. be sure to walk around the neighborhood and visit the interesting shops and restaurants there.

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    The beautiful Royal Palace

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 17, 2008

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    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.

    with a royal guard inside the palace compound

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    The Royal Palace

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jun 1, 2006

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    The Royal Palace, a beautiful 18th century Renaissance building, is located on the northern shore of Staden. You can visit the Royal Apartments, Treasury and Royal Armoury separately, and the changing of the guards outside the palace usually attract a crowd of tourists.

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    The Treasury

    by wadekorzan Updated Jun 10, 2004

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    The crown jewels of Sweden!!! Nothing displayed in this museum was open to the public before 1970. Now you can see their swords, crowns, sceptres, etc. Even Gustav Vasa's sword from the 16th century is here! The regalia is still used by the royal family at special events like weddings, christenings, and funerals.

    Open May 15 - August 10 AM - 4 PM daily (until 5 PM June 28-August 15)
    September - May 14: Tuesday through Sunday 12:00 noon - 3:00 PM.

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    THE ROYAL PALACE

    by Marionbcn Written Apr 11, 2003

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    Stockholm Palace is the official residence of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf. The Royal Court's administration offices are located here as well as those of Carl Gustaf and his wife, Queen Silvia and the Duchess of Halland, Princess Lillian. It is at the Royal Palace that the setting for most official receptions are also held.
    The King directs his foreign ambassadors here. During the event of an official state visit, the visiting Head of State has their temporary accommodation on the guest floor. King Karl XI:s gallery is where the three or four official banquets are held each year.
    Archaeologists researching the Middle Ages found ancient wooden constructions dateable back towards the end of the 900's. During the period of the Vasa regime (1521-1654) it was reconstructed from being a defence castle or fort into a magnificent renaissance palace, lead by the Dutch architect Willem Boy.
    A devastating fire broke out on the 7th May 1697. It ruined the majority of the palace. Nicodemus Tessin the younger, presented his designs to the Swedish government 3 weeks later, reassuring them that the palace should only take up to five years to re- build. In reality, the palace was completed in 1754. This meant that the royal family waited close to 60 years before they could move in to their 608-room home again.

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  • A Royal Experience

    by Potat0zilla Written Aug 12, 2009

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    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.

    Guard Kungliga Slottet View from Skeppsholmen Changing of The Guards
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