Royal residences have always amazed sightseers across the world, and Drottningholm Palace does precisely that with its 16th-century architecture and opulent interiors.
As the private residence of the royalty, Drottningholm is one of the most frequented spots in Stockholm. Over a history of 400 years, the palace has seen its fair share of renovations and consists of different architectural styles added by the various family members who have lived here. The original architecture though is believed to be inspired by the Palace of Versailles, and with the magnificent gardens that surround the building, it indeed is an imposing and prominent landmark of the capital city.
For the longest time, mainly in the 18th century, Drottningholm Palace was used as a “summer residence” of the royal family, but since 1981 it is regularly used by the royalty as a permanent residence, very much like Stockholm Palace. Because of this, the Swedish Military are present on the grounds at all times. However, certain parts of the majestic building remain open to the public. For the lucky few, they can even spot the King while walking the gardens.
Drottningholm Palace Garden
One of the highlights of visiting Drottningholm Palace is that it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakeside location adds to its attractiveness making it perfect for long walks. It has one of the most beautiful garden in Stockholm. This park makes the whole palace looks extremely beautiful, with lush green trees and paths to walk on.
The Chinese Pavilion
In addition to the gardens, which are free to visit for the public, the palace also houses a Chinese Pavilion and Court Theatre which has seen cultural and musical performances since 1766 and still uses the 18th-century mechanisms making it an exclusive excursion.
An exciting location to spend half a day admiring Sweden’s royal legacy, Drottningholm Palace is a must-visit, especially if history, architecture, or extensive panoramic views are of interest to you.