With the Royal Wedding between Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling just having wrapped up here in Stockholm, I spent the day with some of my visiting family out at Drottningholm Palace.
There are plenty of ways to get to the palace from Stockholm, but the boat trip is by far the most scenic. Boats leave from just in front of the Stockholm City Hall and cost about 160 SEK. The trip lasts an hour and floats you through the islands of Lake MÃ¤laren. When the sun is shining, it is one of the most beautiful parts of Sweden, when the sun isnâ€™t shiningâ€¦ well, then itâ€™s not one of the most beautiful. Luckily for us, the sun was bright and the weather warm.
Drottningholm Palace is the residence of the Swedish Royal family, despite this; areas of it are usually open to the public. Not this time. Of course, thatâ€™s not much of a surprise considering the circumstances. Instead, we wandered through the surrounding park in the sunshine, eventually making our way to the Chinese Pavilion.
We went in. We shouldnâ€™t have. The building is supposed to be one of the best examples of rococo design with a Chinese influence in Europe. That may be, but the building is worn down, there is little information and walking through the building takes about ten minutes. Plus, it will cost an adult 70 SEK to get in.
So if you’re visiting Stockholm, be sure to check out Drottningholm Palace. Just save your money and skip the Chinese Pavilion.
More Stockholm Tips
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