Drottningholm Palace and Park
A world heritage site and home of the Swedish royal family
The view of the palace from the sea is so lovely that the best way to approach Drottningholm Palace is by boat. Or just come here to stroll in the beautiful park. It's the perfect place for a day out for the whole family.
Drottningholm Palace is on Lovö outside Stockholm. It was Johan III who had the first palace structure built here in the 1570s. It was later purchased by the Dowager Queen Hedvig Eleonora in 1661. The same year it was ravaged by fire. Architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder was then commissioned to design the new palace, which was completed in 1699.
After that, we know that Princess Louisa Ulrika of Prussia was given Drottningholm Palace as a dower when she married the heir to the Swedish throne, Adolf Fredrik, in 1744.
Although since then the palace has been renovated several times, it has retained largely the same appearance as in those days.
The park of the Drottningholm Royal Domain is open all year round. It includes historical styles ranging from the strict lines of the seventeenth century Baroque garden to the English-stylepark dating from the late eighteenth century. The Baroque garden is today the prime example of its kind in Sweden. Since 1991, the park and all the buildings have been on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.
While you are here, you should also make sure to visit the Chinese Pavilion or the Drottningholm PalaceTheatre. Both are unique places open to visitors.
Since 1981 the palace has been the private residence of the Swedish royal family.
- Guided tours
Place on map
178 02 Drottningholm