The Palace of Drottningholm has
history and style
By Jonas Tyden
July 14, 2008 | This week I visited the Palace of
Drottningholm, which is on Lovön outside Stockholm,
It was built in the 1600s and it is a palace full
It is also the private residence of the Swedish Royal
Family. Drottningholm was inspired by the Palace of
Versailles and it is surrounded by a big park and multiple
gardens. The gardens around the palace have many styles,
some being baroque and others English.
The palace is right next to the lake Mälaren, which
runs through all of Stockholm. Drottningholm's palace
is a UNESCO World Heritage site mostly because of the
Palace Theatre and the Chinese Pavilion that are in
The Chinese Pavilion was finished in 1769 and the
architecture is mostly French rococo, but there are
orientalic parts and that is where the name Chinese
Pavilion comes from. The Royal Theatre was finished
in 1766 and it is well preserved and there are still
plays that run there.
The royal park is open for visitors for most of the
year and it has become a large tourist attraction.
That is why I decided to visit it once again.
I have not visited the palace since I was a child,
but since I live close I drive past it almost every
It is a special feeling coming to a Royal Palace,
and in a weird way it feels like going back in time.
Outside the Palace there are armed guards wearing military
uniforms and they are standing so still that you cannot
tell if they are statues or real people. The park is
a great place for a long walk and besides the gardens
the palace itself is beautiful to look at.
It is a great place to visit as a tourist and it is
worth the extra time to take a guided tour inside the
palace. When you are walking inside, looking at the
great art and decorations it feels like you were brought
back 300 years in time, and it is an amazing experience.