Adress: a little bit outside Stockholm on the Iland - Lovön Stockholm
Make a visit to Drottningholm Castle and you visit Sweden's finest and best-preserved royal palaces from the 17th century. Parts of the castle and park area are open to the public. Today, the royal couple lives in a part of the castle since 1981.
The castle has been inhabited by several royal kings and queens from the 1500s until today. The name came to 1579 when Johan III lived in the area. It was he who built a stone house for his queen Catherine. Today the property is owned by the state and the state already bought all the Drottningholm properties already in 1777 from Queen Lovisa Ulrika who had received the castle in a wedding gift from King Adolf Fredrik. Since then, the royal family has the right to dispose of at Drottningholm.
It was Queen Hedvig Eleonora who was married to Karl X Gustav who planned and built the present castle from 1662 - 1750 - which was called a pleasure castle. Various kings and queens over the years have since set their own mark on the castle and its surroundings
Today, the castle is Sweden's prime and best-preserved royal castle. The parks and several buildings are open for visits. The castle joined the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 together with several buildings and the park.
The first castle on the site was built in stone 1579 by Johan III son of Gustav Vasa. Gustav Vasa during the siege of Stockholm in 1521 had made several villages to his own property and called the area royal yard.
The castle never really became clear when Johan III Queen Katarina Jagellonica died in 1583. Johan III did not want to visit the castle so often after her death.
In 1603, the new owner was Queen Katarina. One who also made his mark on the castle was Gustav III (1771–1792). He founded the English Park and the Gothic Tower. The theater was also expanded and rebuilt during Gustav III's time. During Gustav IV Adolf's time (1792–1809) the castle stood uninhabited for a long time and began to decay. The king would rather live in Haga Castle than Drottningholm Castle. It wasn't until 1846 that Oscar I started repairing the castle. Then Karl XV and Oscar II lived in the castle.
The castle was restored in 1907 during Gustav V time. By the year 1981, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia moved into Drottningholm
Take a ship from the turn of the century to Ekerö to the world heritage site Drottningholm Slott. The castle dates back to the 17th century and is the best preserved castle from that time. In 1991, the castle area was occupied on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The area has a castle theater, China Castle and the Gothic tower. The gardens are also very beautiful. On the boat trip you can have lunch, dinner or have a coffee in the cafeteria.
The boat trip takes about 1 hour of single journey.
Season: Mar 30 - Oct 21 9, 2019
Departs from: Klara Mälarstrand
Time: 2 hours
Free: Children under 6 years old.
Half price: Children between 6-15 years old.
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More facts about Drottningholm Palace:
English Park. It was Gustav III who built the park. In the park there are two ponds with canals, bridges and large grass areas. He also built the Gothic tower in the park.
The Gothic tower is to the west of the castle's English park. The tower began to be built the same year as Gustaf III was murdered in 1792. The tower is octagonal and consists of three floors and has 124 steps. Since 1935, the building has been a state building and entered the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991.
Drottningholm Palace Theater
Make a visit to the theater that had its heyday during the late 1700s during when Gustav III's ruled. After Gustav III's death in 1792, there was no direct activity in the building. It wasn't until 1921 that Agne Beijer visited the theater and saw that it had to be restored. After the restoration, the theater began to bloom again.
The 18th century theater is the only one in the world to use the original stage machine..
Well worth a visit!
The bathhouse was built in 1792 on behalf of Karl XIII. The cold bath house is today used privately by the royal family.