Highlight: Wander through a thousand years of history

The Royal Palace of Stockholm has a history that stretches back more than a thousand years. From the Middle Ages to the present day. This was originally the site of a fort to defend the Mälaren Valley against Finnish and Russian pirates. Fortifications dating from the 10th century have been found out in the water.

The journey through time begins at the Tre Kronor Museum, down in the cellars of the palace. Here you can see traces of the mediaeval palace, such as the 13th century defensive wall of the Tre Kronor Palace, an ancient kitchen, a food hoist, a 16th century marble piece of garden furniture and even a mediaeval cesspit. There is also a secret passage here. It was used by King Karl XI, who snuck out incognito from time to time in his grey cape to see how the ordinary people lived. The passageway is still usable, and leads out under Norrbro. For many years, the workings of state were largely carried out at the palace. During the time of King Johan III (1537-1592), as many as a thousand people worked here. The Tre Kronor Museum has models of the palace, from the mediaeval castle to today's Renaissance palace.

From the Tre Kronor Museum, via the magnificent Western Staircase, we can continue to follow the history of the palace in the Reception Rooms. Wandering through the state rooms is like uncovering layer upon layer of Swedish interior art, sometimes revealing stark contrasts. This is because Sweden's kings and queens have always decorated their rooms in the latest styles.

Karl XI's Gallery is one of the highlights of 18th century décor. In King Oskar II's Study, the late 19th century has been preserved complete with contemporary technological innovations, such as a telephone and electric lights. A few paces further on is the Jubilee Room, the most modern room in the palace, which was decorated as a gift for the current king's 25th jubilee in 1997. Having wandered through a thousand years, we have now returned to the present day.

The journey through time begins at the Tre Kronor Museum, down in the cellars of the palace. Photo: Alexis Daflos

From the Tre Kronor Museum, via the magnificent Western Staircase, we can continue to follow the history of the palace in the Reception Rooms. Photo: Håkan Lind

Karl XI's Gallery is one of the highlights of 18th century décor. Photo: Alexis Daflos

In King Oskar II's Study, the late 19th century has been preserved complete with contemporary technological innovations, such as a telephone and electric lights. Photo: Alexis Daflos

The Jubilee Room is the most modern room in the palace, which was decorated as a gift for the current king's 25th jubilee in 1997. Photo: Alexis Daflos

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Guided tours Open today 10.00-16.00

A guided tour will ensure that your visit to the palace is particularly memorable. Our knowledgeable guides bring objects to life, puttin...

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For children Open today 10.00-16.00

The palace's grand state rooms, the mediaeval gate at the Tre Kronor Museum and the crowns in the Treasury are just a few of the exciting...

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Wild animals are hiding in the large rooms of the palace. On the walls, on the ceilings, on objects and on furniture. Some are large, and...

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Tour of the Regalia 30 Sep – 23 Dec

The Swedish Regalia are kept in the cellar vaults of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Here you can see crowns used by kings, queens, prince...

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The major exhibition at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, gives visitors the opportunity to wander through the woven world of Märta Måås-Fje...

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The Royal Apartments Open today 10.00-16.00

The Royal Apartments at the Palace are a collective name for the magnificent state rooms that are used at The King and Queen's receptions...

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In dark cellar vaults at the Royal Palace the Monarchy's most important symbols – the Regalia – are kept in safe-keeping. See fascinating...

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The Museum Three Crowns (Tre Kronor) is a museum dedicated to the original Tre Kronor Palace in Stockholm, which was destroyed in a viole...

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The Royal Gift Shop Open today 10.00-18.00

Welcome to a boutique that is something out of the ordinary. The Royal Gift Shop is a unique present and souvenir shop offering products ...

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Welcome to one of Europe's oldest museums, which first opened its doors in 1794. Gustav III's collection of sculptures are shown in the P...

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The Royal Chapel features examples of architecture, décor and artworks by some of the leading masters of their times: Nikodemus Tessin th...

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Come on a virtual tour of the previous exhibition The Lilian Look, and see clothing fit for a princess up close. Click on the image above...

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The Thinking Hand is an annual scholarship competition for young draftsmen. The nominated entries are exhibited in the beautiful stone ...

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The Royal Gift Shop is now filled with beautiful Christmas decorations, gifts, delicious delicacies and many more festive treats. Here, y...

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FAQ

  • Can I pre-book a ticket for the general palace tours?

    Tickets can be purchased on the same day at any of our ticket offices; no advance purchase available.

  • Are there any storage lockers at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: There are a few storage lockers available at Tickets & Information and in the Tre Kronor Museum. However, we would recommend not bringing any large bags with you. The other royal palaces and visitor attractions: No storage lockers available.

  • Can I take my bag into the royal palaces?

    Small bags are permitted at our visitor attractions. Rucksacks should be carried in your hand or on your front. Do not leave any bags unattended. Bags and cases with wheels are not permitted.

  • Can I take a pushchair into the royal palaces?

    Pushchairs are not permitted indoors.

  • Are there any pushchair parkings at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: At the entrance to the Reception Rooms, in the Outer Courtyard there is a limited amount of space for pushchairs. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Riddarholm Church: At the entrance to Riddarholm Church. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Drottningholm Palace: Outside the entrance. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Other visitor attractions: No pushchair parking.

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