About Drottningholm Palace
Drottningholm Palace (Drottningholm Slott) is a well-preserved royal palace in Sweden, renowned as the ‘Versailles of Scandinavia’.
History of Drottningholm Palace
The first incarnation of Drottningholm Palace was built by King Johan III in the late sixteenth century. The king built it for his wife, Queen Katarina Jagellonika, hence its name ‘Drottningholm’, meaning ‘Queen’s Island’. However, this palace was razed to the ground by a fire in 1661 and a new one built in its place in 1662. This marked the foundation of the Drottningholm Palace visible today.
It was the influence of crown princess Louisa-Ulrika in the eighteenth century which can be felt most keenly today. She had Drottningholm Palace renovated in image of Versailles, taking inspiration from the opulence of Louis XV.
Drottningholm Palace Today
Since 1981, Drottningholm Palace has been the home of the current royal family. Parts of the Palace are open to the public and fifty minute guided tours of Drottningholm Palace are included in the ticket price.
Amongst the highlights at Drottningholm Palace are its restored eighteenth century theatre (the work of Louisa-Ulrika), its gardens, and the Chinese pavilion gifted to Gustav III in 1769.
In 1991, Drottningholm Palace became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Getting to Drottningholm Palace
From the centre of Stockholm, the palace is reachable in around 25 minutes by car via Drottningholmsvägen/Route 275 and Route 261. There are also a number of public transport options. From the centre of Drottningholm, the palace is reachable in 2 minutes by car via Malmbacken.