Drottningholm Palace

The Reception Halls

Throughout the years Drottningholm Palace has changed and the royal personages who lived here have left their mark on the Palace's interiors – influenced by changes in style and fashion trends.

Hedvig Eleonora, Lovisa Ulrika and Gustav III have all contributed markedly to the interior decoration of the reception halls.

The 16th century Palace was destroyed by fire on 30th December 1661. Earlier that year the Queen Dowager, Hedvig Eleonora, had bought the Palace.

The Great Power Period

After the fire, the architect Nikodemus Tessin the Elder was commissioned by the Queen Dowager to design a suitably impressive residence, and in 1662 work began on the Palace, as we know it today.

He created a number of interiors, which rank among the foremost in Sweden from the early Baroque of the 1660s and 1670s. They include the staircase, the Ehrenstrahl Drawing Room and, not least, Hedvig Eleonora's State Bedchamber.

Following the death of Tessin the Elder in 1682, his son Nicodemus Tessin the Younger carried on and completed the great project. Karl XI's gallery, for example, dates from this period. 

Residence of the royal ladies

Drottningholm remained the residence of the royal ladies, and in 1744 it was given as a wedding present to Princess Lovisa Ulrika of Prussia, on her marriage to the Swedish heir apparent, Adolf Fredrik.

Lovisa Ulrika's time at Drottningholm became a golden age of the arts. Some of the interiors of the Palace – Lovisa Ulrika's Green Antechamber, for example – were redecorated in a French-inspired Rococo style.

Many of the leading scientists of the age gathered at Drottningholm. Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) worked here, cataloguing the royal collections' "natural objects".

Lovisa Ulrika's library stands out as a brilliant memento of the period, which also saw the creation of the famous Drottningholm Court Theatre.

Drottningholm was purchased by the State in 1777, becoming the home of Gustav III.

Top: The Green Salon begins the main apartment's suite of state rooms, and offers a taste of the reception rooms that follow. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/Royalpalaces.se

The Green Cabinet. Lovisa Ulrika's cabinet was completed in 1747, with its green silk-lined walls, simple white and gold wooden panelling and ornamental fixtures. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/Royalpalaces.se

The staircase is the most extravagant and expensive ever to have been created by the palace's chief architect, Nicodemus Tessin the Elder. Photo: Alexis Daflos//Royalpalaces.se

The palace has been rebuilt and extended over the years. Photo: Kate Gabor/Royalpalaces.se

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You can explore Drottningholm Palace by yourself, but a guided tour will ensure that your visit is particularly memorable.

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FAQ

  • 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.

  • Which royal visitor attractions can I explore at my own pace?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm, Riddarholm Church, Drottningholm Palace, the Chinese Pavilion, Gripsholm Castle, Strömsholm Palace and the Orangery at Ulriksdal can be explored at your own pace.

    The other palaces are by guided tour.

  • Is it possible to hire rooms at the royal palaces for dinner functions/events?

    Strömsholm Palace: The dining room in the Stone Kitchen can be hired for dinner functions.

    The other palaces: Room hire is not possible.

  • Are audio guides available for the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: An audio guide in Swedish and English is available for the Bernadotte Apartments and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities.

    The Chinese Pavilion: An audio guide is available in Swedish and English

    Audio guides are not available at present for the other palaces.

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