Discover Stockholm: Drottningholm Palace

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ESCToday in collaboration with the City of Stockholm will be bringing you a series of articles leading up to the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in order to showcase and introduce the 2016 Eurovision host city Stockholm to our readers. Today we will have a look at Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the Swedish Royal family.

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Drottningholm Palace ( photo credit: Melker Dahlstrand/imagebank.sweden

If you come to Stockholm and not visit Drottningholm Palace then you have seen the city! A day trip trip to Drottningholm is highly recommended! I would advice you to take a boat from Stockholm’s City Hall and enjoy the beautiful boat ride to the palace. Yo will be enchanted with the fascinating scenic views of the Scandinavian capital.

Drottningholm Palace is Sweden’s best preserved royal palace constructed in the 17th century. It is the current residence of the Swedish Royal Family and it is the first Swedish site to be included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

The palace was constructed and designed by  Nicodemus Tessin the Elder, and commissioned by  Queen Hedvig Eleonora. Many royal personages have left their mark on the palace since then. The palace features magnificent salons from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, a beautiful park, a unique palace theater and a Chinese Pavilion. The magfnificent Baroque garden was laid out in 1681 and designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. The Palace and Park is open to visitors throughout the year.

You need plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of this Royal dweelling along  with its Court Theatre, Baroque Garden, Chinese Pavillion and English Park.

The Court Theatre is among the oldest theatres in the world, and still retains and preserves its original state. The stage machinery is still used.

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Drottningholm Palace is a World Heritage Site (photo credit: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se)

The Court Theatre is among the oldest theatres in the world, and still retains and preserves its original state. The stage machinery is still used whilst the theatre  has guided tours and performances during the summer.

The current Swedish Royal family moved into Drottningholm Palace in 1981, making it their official residence. Rooms in the south wing of the palace are reserved for the Royals. In 1991 Drottningholm was declared a UNESCO World Heritge Site, thus becoming the very first Swedish attraction to hold this prestigious and honorable title.

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The Royal Park at Drottningholm Palace ( photo credit: Jeppe Wikström)

There’s lots to do and see at Drottningholm so allow yourself plenty of time for a nice day trip excursion. Remember to take many photographs!

What you should see at Drottningholm

The Palace
Museum de Vries
Drottningholm Palace Chapel
Drottningholm Palace Park
The Chinese Pavillion

Court Theatre

Let’s go and meet the Royals ! This one of the the top 10 attractions in Stockholm, so come and enjoy the true Swedish regal splendour at Drottningholm Palace!

Information on the opening hours can be found here.

Transport

Subway/Bus

Subway (T-bana) to Brommaplan, change to bus 301-323, alternatively 177 or 176 to Drottningholm.

Boat
You can travel by boat from Stadshuskajen (the City Hall Quay) to Drottningholm.

Address

178 02 Drottningholm

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