The Royal Palace (Gamla Stan)

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The Swedish Royal Palace (in Swedish: Kungliga Slottet) in Gamla Stan in Stockholm is one of the largest palaces in Europe. It is even bigger than Buckingham Palace! You can visit the royal palace all year round. It is one of the most popular attractions of Stockholm.

Royal Palace Stockholm Kungliga Slottet

Although Kungliga Slottet is the official residence of the king, the royal couple actually lives in Drottningholm Slottet, about 10 km out of town. That palace can be visited too.

Museums

Besides the royal appartments there are three museums: the Treasury or Skattkammaren in the cellars with the State Regalia, the Tre Kronor museum illustrating the medieval history of the royal palace (the castle that first stood on this spot burned off in 1697, this museum displays the remains) and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities where you will find many historical Italian sculptures.

Do count on a few hours if you want to visit most of the castle. You can visit the royal palace and the three museums with the same ticket. This ticket remains valid for 7 days and costs 150 kronor. If you have a Stockholm Card, admission is included.

Changing of the Guards

During the summer there is a daily changing of the guards at 12h15. On Sundays and public holidays it’s at 13h15. Outside the summer the changing of the guards is only on Wednesdays and during the weekends. Make sure you get to the Royal Castle about half an hour in advance of the changing of the guards if you want to have a good spot!

History

The palace was built between 1697 and 1754, on the same spot where the medieval castle Tre Kronor was built. The Tre Kronor castle burned down in May 1697 but they quickly built a new castle. The Royal Palace has more than 600 rooms and counts 7 floors. It has more rooms and is larger than Buckingham Palace, the residence of the Queen in London.

More information on the website.

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