While Stockholm is full of magnificent sites, as for the capital it’s a relatively small city. Thus, if you are visiting it for more than a couple of days, you might tick off all the ‘must-sees‘ quite fast. In that case, a day trip to Drottningholm Palace is a perfect choice. It’s one of the closest sites you can find around Stockholm.
The palace is located in a beautiful area surrounded by lake and forest and is a private property of the Swedish Royal family. In fact, the Royals actually live in this place. And even though you won’t be able to see their household, getting to know the property and its surroundings is already quite impressive. Once there, you can choose to visit the mansion and the accompanying buildings (for a fee) or just admire it from outside and enjoy the gardens (free of charge).
How to get to Drottningholm?
Drottningholm is literally located around Stockholm as it’s just 12km from the city center. Therefore, going there for a day trip won’t take you very long. While it’s so close, you still have many different options for getting there. You may choose to have a scenic tour by boat, take public transport (metro & bus), cycle or drive.
The boat tour runs only in the summer season. Whereas, public transport runs year-round and every day of the week. Buy a single ticket or use your weekend/weekly pass for both the metro and the bus. Take the green line towards Hässelby Strand/Åkeshov and get off at Brommaplan. Then, change to bus number 176 (Stenhamra)/177 (Skärvik)/312 (Adelsö). If you prefer to manage your own time you can easily cycle there as there is a cycling lane all the way. Otherwise, driving is also an option as there are enough parking spots at the palace.
What to see in Drottningholm?
Once you make your way to Drottningholm, there are a few things you can see and do. First of all, it’s the royal palace itself that is worth your attention. The entrance to the site costs 140 SEK (15.8$) and you can purchase your tickets online. Inside the palace, you will follow a designated route that will take you through a few different floors and chambers. Secondly, there is a Chinese Pavillion, which is a summer palace located on the grounds that was built as a birthday present to queen Lovisa Ulrik. Personally, I found this venue very unique and to some extent even more impressive than the main palace. However, it seems to be open during the high season only. Thus, make sure to ask the personnel if at your time of visit it’s open.
In addition to that, the palaces are surrounded by fascinating French gardens. There you will find, beautiful flowers, bushes, walkways, and even ponds. You can easily spend an hour or so just walking there and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. If it’s a nice day, you can also pack a picnic and enjoy the green areas. The place is very flat and accessible to all. Lastly, just in front of Drottningholm, there is a cafe, which serves both hot food, snacks, and beverages. Therefore, having a coffee by the lake is also something that it’s worth coming over for.
All in all, there are so many places worth a visit around Stockholm. However, many of them are rather far out, whereas Drottningholm palace is so close that a day trip there is a perfect choice. Whether you want to visit the palace or just enjoy the fascinating outdoors, this is a great place for a quick getaway.
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