Drottningholm Palace
Drottningholm, Sweden

Drottningholm Palace - home of the Swedish royal family

Where is located Drottningholm Palace?

Address of Drottningholm Palace is Drottningholm, Lovön Island, Ekerö, Sweden
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When was built Drottningholm Palace?

Built date of Drottningholm Palace is 1579 - construction begins

Drottningholm Palace

Facts, informations and history of Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace is a Renaissance-style palace built on Lovon Island in a suburb of Stockholm. The building is a residence for the Swedish royal family and a popular tourist attraction in Sweden.

The original stone palace was built in 1580 by order of John III Vasa for Catherine Jagiellon. In 1661 the building was bought by Queen Hedwig Eleonora of Sweden.

The owner of the palace is the Queen of Sweden.

The owner of the palace hired the famous Swedish architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder to design and rebuild the residence. In 1662, construction work began. Almost 20 years later Nicodemus died, and the work was completed by his son Nicodemus Tessin the Younger.

During the reigns of Kings Charles XI and Charles XII, the palace hosted distinguished guests. It was then given as a gift to the later Queen of Sweden, Ludwik Ulrich Hohenzollern. The queen transformed the residence into the more refined French Rococo style and built a court theatre.

In 1777 the palace became the property of the Swedish state and a residence for King Gustav III and his family. During the reigns of subsequent rulers, the building was used only occasionally for grand ceremonies. When Charles XIV became King of Sweden (reign 1818-44), Drottningholm was abandoned and gradually fell into ruin.

Karl XIV's successor Oscar I took an interest in the building and after two years began to renovate it. The palace was modernized and adapted to the current fashion. It was not until 1907 that the palace was restored to its original state and began to be used regularly. Since 1981, until now, the palace has been a royal residence.

The palace has undergone numerous renovations and modernizations since its existence. The largest works related to electricity, heating, sewerage and water supply were carried out between 1907 and 1913.

Beginning in 1977, the interior of the palace was restored, and 20 years later the exterior walls were cleaned, rebuilt and repainted.

The main palace building is flanked by two large wings that surround internal courtyards. The south wing contains the private residence of the king and queen and is not open to the public.

Outside the south wing of the palace, the rest of the palace is open and accessible to the public all year round.

The huge Baroque gardens and park areas surrounding the castle and its buildings are also open to the public. The gardens have been created in stages since the castle was built, resulting in different styles of parks and gardens.

The name "Drottningholm", meaning "queen's island", comes from the original Renaissance building designed by Willem Boy. The stone palace was built by John III of Sweden in 1580 for his queen, Catherine Jagellon.

In 1991, Drottningholm Palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, mainly because of the Drottningholm Palace Theatre and the China Pavilion.

The China Pavilion was a gift from King Adolf Fredrik to Queen Lovisa Ulrika for her birthday in 1753. The old engine room next to the pavilion has been converted into Evert Lundquist's studio and museum. Oil paintings, charcoal drawings and dry engravings by the painter can be seen here.

The Drottningholm Palace Theatre is the best preserved 18th-century theatre in Europe and the only one in the world that still regularly uses the original stage machinery. In summer, tourists can be given a guided tour of the theatre.

Architect of Drottningholm Palace

Architect of Drottningholm Palace is Nicodemus Tessin the Elder

Construction/building type

Building Drottningholm Palace is of type Palace

Architectural style

Architectural style of Drottningholm Palace is Renaissance, Rococo

The Renaissance is an architectural style that developed in Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries, characterised by a return to the classical forms and elements of ancient Greek and Roman architecture. The Renaissance was a reaction to the Gothic style that prevailed in Europe from the 12th to 15th centuries and was associated with churches and sacred buildings. Renaissance means 'rebirth' and the style is considered the precursor to modern architecture. ... czytaj więcej.

Practical informations

Drottningholm Palace

What is the cost of entry for Drottningholm Palace?

Tickets for Drottningholm Palace are available at the following prices and variants:

  • Normal ticket: 160 SEK.
  • Reduced ticket (children 7 - 17): 80 SEK.
  • Children under 7 years and STOCKHOLM PASS: free of charge.

At what times is open Drottningholm Palace?

Drottningholm Palace is open or accessible to the public on the following dates and times:

  • Open most days, usually from 10am-4pm (or 5pm).

Other names

The building is also known by other common names or in the original language, i.e. Royal Domain of Drottningholm

Is the building on the UNESCO World Heritage List?

Yes, the building Drottningholm Palace is inscribed on the UNESCO List under the reference 559bis.
The listing took place in the year 1991.
Details of the entry are available on the Unesco website at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/559bis/

Official website

The official website of the building, where up-to-date information can be found, is https://www.kungligaslotten.se/english/royal-palaces-and-sites/drottningholm-palace.html

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