Drottningholm Palace is one of the best preserved castles in Sweden and is the private residence of the Royal Family. The castle is located just outside Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden.
Take an exciting outdoor tour of one of the UNESCO sites in Sweden and be astonished by the historical and cultural contents of Drottningholm Palace.
Discover a beautiful castle inspired by the French Royal Palaces
The castle is located on a little island in Malaren Lake near Ekero, a village in Stockholm County. In this area there was an earlier castle dedicated to Queen Catherine Jagiellon and for this reasons the site is still called Drottningholm which means “the island of the queen”.
Drottningholm Palace was built in the last decades of the 16th century for another queen, Hedvig Eleonora, mother of Charles XI of Sweden. Inspired by the French royal palaces this beautiful building was designed by the architects Nicodemus Tessin the Elder and his son.
Drottningholm Palace went through many renovations during the centuries and consists of the palace, the Chinese Pavilion, the Palace Church and two beautiful gardens.
The palace has served as a summer residence for the royal family for many centuries, and nowadays is the permanent home residence of the King and Queen of Sweden. Indeed, the southern wing of the palace is reserved for this purpose while the ground and the other areas are open to public all year round.
Enjoy a pleasant walk through the Drottningholm Gardens
After a tour through the many chambers, halls and rooms of the castle, it’s time for you to enjoy a pleasant walk through its gardens. The baroque garden was designed together with the castle by father and son Tessin and it is located right outside of the palace. Similar to the interiors, with all its antiques furniture and rococo details, the baroque garden will astonish you for its elegance and design. The garden is characterized by thick tree avenues and beautiful statues made by the artist Adriaen de Vries.
The Drottningholm Garden is a favorite spot of many Swedish people when it comes to experiencing a relaxing day outside, while enjoying a picnic surrounded by nature and culture.
Find the picturesque Chinese Pavilion nestled near the palace
The Chinese Pavilion was built in 1753 as a birthday gift from King Adolf Fredrik to his wife the Queen Lovisa Ulrika. The Chinese Pavilion is one of the jewels nestled in the Drottningholm area. The pavilion is a wooden building characterized by fine rococo interiors and artifacts from and inspired by China.
Near the Chinese Pavilion you will also find a beautiful baroque theater. The Drottningholm Palace Theater is still in use and especially in summer you can find operas and classical music festivals.
Thanks to the beauty of the royal palace and the presence of these picturesque spots, the Drottningholm Palace was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1991.
Dive into nature and history at the Drottningholm Palace
Your tour at the Drottningholm Palace will be a beautiful way to spend a day outdoors during your trip in Stockholm. To get to Drottningholm take the underground (T-bana) to Brommaplan and then change to bus 301-323, 177 or 178.
Remember that the Chinese Pavilion is open only between May and September.
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