Swedish Heritage Sunday: Drottningholm Palace

Swedish heritage: Drottningholm Palace

During the holidays in August, I had time to kill while Cat was off on one of her many riding camps. What better than to indulge in yet another solo road trip? Travelling is so easy in summer. There I was, driving along, and before I knew it, it was 10pm. But it didn’t matter; it was still light out. The long white night up here in the northern world only lasts for a few months, but what beautiful months. Sleeping more than necessary feels almost sacrilegious, can’t waste this precious time.

The south, the west, the centre, and the north of Norway were already covered earlier in the summer. About time to branch out, so this time a hop across the border to Sweden seemed a good idea. And to add some purpose to the journey – other than listening to Camilla Läckberg audio books (set in nearby Fjällbacka) and just revelling in the luxury of being all by myself for a few days – I decided I’d have a look at Sweden’s world heritage sites. Every Sunday in January (while days are anything but long), I’ll share these summery discoveries. Let’s call it Swedish Heritage Sundays.

First out is Drottningholm Palace, home to the Swedish royal family. These photos were all taken around 9pm.

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Drottningholm

Both Drottningholm palace and the grounds were, as you may notice, inspired by Versailles.

Drottning means queen in Swedish and the palace lies on Queen Island in Lake Mälaren. Appropriately, the first residence here was built for a woman, Queen Catherine Jagellon, in the 16th century. A hundred years later, it was bought by another queen, Hedvig-Eleonora, who had the present castle constructed in the late 17th century. Next came crown princess Louisa-Ulrika (future queen). And although the present monarch of Sweden is King Carl XVI Gustaf, his daughter Victoria is the heir to the throne.

Drottningholm

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Drottningholm practicals

  • Drottningholm is easily accessible by metro (t-bana) or bus from Stockholm, or by car. There’s a large car park.
  • I arrived long past the opening hours, and just strolled around the grounds. Better planners can visit the palace. It’s open on weekends in winter (noon – 3.30pm), more frequent in spring and autumn, and daily in summer, for Christmas and other school holidays. Guided tours at noon and 2pm in winter, more frequently in summer. There’s activity trails for children and a Christmas market in December.
  • Entrance fees in 2014: SEK 120/60/free for adults/adult students/under 18s.
  • More info on Drottningholm and the other royal palaces on the website of the Swedish Royal Court.

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The Royal Domain of Drottningholm is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites we’ve visited around the world.

12 Responses to “Swedish Heritage Sunday: Drottningholm Palace”

  1. Gil 6 January 2014 0849 #

    Beautiful pictures and interesting post.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 January 2014 1926 #

      Thank you.

  2. Corinne 6 January 2014 1034 #

    This palace is certainly on my list. Love your first pic the best, such pretty clouds.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 January 2014 1927 #

      It was a lovely summer day :)

  3. Debbie 7 January 2014 0657 #

    Beautiful. I love it.
    The palace looks amazing! :)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 January 2014 1928 #

      Probably the prettiest palace in Scandinavia.

  4. Muza-chan 8 January 2014 1455 #

    Great photos :)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 January 2014 1928 #

      Thanks, Lili.

  5. Mette 12 January 2014 1431 #

    As a Dane, I hate to admit it, but Stockholm is such a beautiful city. Even their royal palace is prettier than ours.
    Mette recently posted..Five reasons to visit Padua

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 January 2014 1929 #

      …and certainly prettier than ours. But then Oslo isn’t about grandiose buildings, I suppose.

  6. Marcia 13 January 2014 0154 #

    Such a beautiful castle, I can see the resemblance to Versailles, and an interesting history. All hail the Queen!

    It’s hard to appreciate daylight (and warm weather) because it’s already dark at 8pm (and cold) here. Enjoy!
    Marcia recently posted..Documentary on Queen Nanny, Jamaica’s National Hero, on Indiegogo

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 January 2014 1930 #

      Cold in Jamaica? Surely not…

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