Royal Stockholm: top 5 places to visit

As you know, Sweden is a monarchy and the existence of royalties nowadays is a very interesting thing on its own – in the era of electronics and nanotechnologies living kings and queens is something truly unbelievable. Seeing them is like touching history. And Stockholm gives a wonderful opportunity for everyone who is interested to visit the best places representing monarchy and its existence throughout ages.

I will focus on top royal interesting places to visit in Stockholm, starting from the centrum of the city and moving further away.

1. The Royal Palace Complex

Of course, as the heart of the monarchy and first in the list of best royal places to see is the Royal Palace. It is still an official residence of His Majesty The King Carl XVI Gustaf, the setting for most of the monarchy’s official receptions and a wonderful museum. The palace has seven floors and more than 600 rooms. The well-preserved interior provides historical insight from the 18th century until modern times. In the palace, you will find Gustav III’s state bedchamber, Oskar II’s writing room and the most recently decorated room – King Carl Gustaf’s Jubilee Room.

The Royal Palace complex is so big that you can spend almost the whole day walking around all its museums.

The Royal Palace complex includes:
1. Tickets & Information (Biljetter & Information)
2. The Royal Gift Shop (Slottsboden)
3. The Royal Apartments (Representationsvåningarna)
4. The Royal Guard (Högvakten)
5. The Tre Kronor Museum (Museum Tre Kronor)
6. Gustav III´s Museum of Antiquities (Gustav III:s Antikmuseum)
7. The Royal Armory (Livrustkammaren)
8. The Royal Chapel (Slottskyrkan)
9. The Hall of State (Rikssalen)
10. The Treasury (Skattkammaren)

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Address: Slottsbacken 1, Old Town (Gamla Stan)

Opening hours:
14 September–13 May: Tuesday–Sunday 10:00–16:00
14 May–30 June: Daily 10:00–17:00
1 July–31 August: Daily 08:30–17:00
1 September–14 September: Daily 10:00–17:00

Entrance fee*:
Adults SEK 150
Students/children 7–17 years old SEK 75
Free entrance for children under 7 years of age in the company of a guardian
*The ticket includes the visit to the Royal Apartments, the Treasury and the Tre Kronor Museum within seven days. From 15 May to 14 September, Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities. The Royal Armory has free entrance.
Website: The Royal Palace

2. The Riddarholmen Church

The Riddarholmen Church is placed right nearby the Royal Palace. It is the final resting place of the Swedish kings and Stockholm’s only preserved medieval monastery church. With the one exception of Queen Christina, all succeeding rulers of Sweden from Gustav II Adolf (died 1632) to Gustaf V (died 1950) are buried in the Riddarholmen Church. Here you will also find graves of medieval kings such as Magnus Ladulås and Karl Knutson Bonde (died 1470).

Address: Riddarholmen, near Gamla Stan (Old Town)
Opening hours:
30 November–13 May: closed
14 May–14 September: Daily 10:00–17:00
14 September–27 November: Saturday–Sunday 10.00–16.00
Entrance fee:
Adults SEK 50
Students/children 7–17 years old SEK 25
Free entrance for children under 7 years of age in the company of a guardian
Website:
The Riddarholmen Church

3. The Royal Stables

What kind of monarchy will be without beautiful carriages and horses? The main duty of the Royal Stables is planning and providing transport for the Royal Family, both by horse-drawn carriages and cars. Horses and carriages are still used for royal ceremonial and official occasions such as incoming state visits, State Opening of Parliament, formal audiences at which the King receives new ambassadors, and public tours. The Royal Stables trace their roots back to the time of King Gustav Vasa, making them a significant part of Swedish cultural heritage regarding the classic art of riding and driving. An important thing to keep in mind about this museum is that you can’t go inside on your own, you can be taken inside only by a guide. See schedule for guided tours below.

Address: Väpnargatan 1, next to The Royal Dramatic Theatre (Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern “Dramaten”)
Opening hours:
8 January–4 June and 3 September–11 December:
Friday–Saturday: Guided tour at 14:00 in Swedish
Saturday: Guided tour at 13:00 in English
Sunday: Guided tour for children at 14:00 (in Swedish)
28 June–15 July:
Tuesday–Friday: Guided tour in Swedish at 12:00 
18 July – 19 August:
Monday–Friday: Guided tour in Swedish at 12:00 and 14:00, in English at 13:00 and 15:00.
22 August – 2 September
Monday-Friday: Guided tour in English 13:00 and in Swedish 14:00.
Entrance fee:
Adults SEK 100
Students/children 7–17 years old SEK 50
Free entrance for children under 7 years of age in the company of a guardian
Website: The Royal Stables

4. The Royal Djurgården and Rosendal Palace

Djurgården is a breathtaking big park, which you will find nearby famous museum under the open air Skansen. It is truly brilliant to spend a day in Djurgården in the summertime, where you can enjoy walking in flower gardens, going inside glasshouses with exotic plants, having fika (coffee with a sweet bun) in one of the cosy cafés, having a picnic on the grass and visiting one of the Royal Palaces. Rosendal Palace was originally a summertime pleasure retreat. It has never been a residence in the general meaning, where a royal family could stay for a long time. I would call it more as a summer picnic palace. Rosendal was merely intended as an escape from the formalities of court life at the Royal Palace. The palace looks just the same as it did at Karl XIV Johan’s lifetime (1763-1844), which makes it a unique documentation of the European Empire style, in Sweden also known as the Karl Johan style.

Address: Rosendalsvägen 49, Kungl. Djurgården
Opening hours:
1 June–31 August:
Tuesday–Sunday in conjunction with guided tours at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00
3–25 September:
Saturday–Sunday in conjunction with guided tours at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00
Entrance fee:
Adults SEK 100
Students/children 7–17 years old SEK 50
Free entrance for children under 7 years of age in the company of a guardian
Website: Rosendal Palace

5. Drottningholm Palace

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Drottningholm Palace is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It is the most well-preserved royal castle built in the 17th century in Sweden and at the same time is representative of all European architecture for the period. For me, it was as interesting as visiting Buckingham Palace in London. Influenced by French prototype, the palace was built by architect Nicodemus Tessin. The Palace is King Carl XVI Gustaf’s permanent home residence. The rooms in the southern wing of the palace are reserved for this purpose. The rest of the palace and grounds are open to the public year round.

Address: Drottningholm (Metro to Brommaplan, change to bus 301-323, 177 or 176 to Drottningholm)
Opening hours:
January-March
Saturday-Sunday: 12.00-15.30
April
Daily: 11.00-15.30
May-September
Daily: 11.00-16.30
October
Friday-Sunday: 11.00-15.30
November-December
Saturday-Sunday: 12.00-15.30
(!) Closed: 12-30 December
Entrance fee:
Adults SEK 120
Students/children 7–17 years old SEK 90
Free entrance for children under 7 years of age in the company of a guardian
Website: Drottningholm Palace

P.S. Other Royal Palaces in Sweden

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