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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With 608 rooms, the Stockholm Royal Palace is the biggest palace in the world still used by a head of state - King Carl XVI Gustav. The palace houses several of the greatest and most interesting sights in Stockholm - the Royal Apartments, the Hall of State, the Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry, the Treasury, the Tre Kronor Palace Museum, the Armoury and the Museum of Antiquities of Gustav III. The Changing of the Guards ceremony takes place Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12.15 and on Sundays and public holidays at 13.15.
This is a photo taken at the foot of the tall Obelisk in front of the Royal Palace. It was erected in 1788 AD in honor of Stockholm's merchant class that who supported the Swedish monarchy in a war against Russia. It serves as a landmark and a good meeting spot for tour groups.
Slottskyrkan is the church located inside the royal palace in the east wing. It has beuatiful interiors and the ceiling is very attractive. The interiors is furnished with white marble and finished in golden. It contains nineteeth century statues of the Apostles by the Norwegian sculptor Hans Michelsen which are also very impressive.
The church is open Monday to Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM
The history of the Royal Palace goes back many centuries. Extensive excavations of the surrounding area (Helgeandsholmen) between 1978 and 1980 revealed traces of very ancient timber structures, dateable to the end of the 10th century. Today the administration of the Royal Court is located here, and this too is the setting for most of the official receptions given by the Head of State.
A lot of parts of the palace are open to the public. Among these places are a lot of museums like the Tre Kronor Museum, the Treasury, Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities and the Royal Apartments. You can buy a special day pass which will give you entrance to all these sights. Everyday there is a change of the guards at 12:00 noon.
This palace was built in the 18th century on the ruins of the old palace burnt.
The changing of the guard is at 12:15 (Sunday 13:15). You can see some photos in my travelogue
In this palace you can visit the state apartments, the royal treasury, the royal armoury, the Kronor museum.
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).