… smell of birch and fresh mulch during a rainy day on the outskirts of Stockholm Sweden, visiting a beautiful romantic palace - sparking, like the dreams of Vikings past, lol
at their elegant legacy now:
Welcome to Drottningholm
Palace, Muchachos! 🇸🇪 á la Versailles
The highlight to my trip to Sweden ..
(Tica video, below)
… look what the Vikings‘ descendants have built: Wedding cake like baroque European grandeur, beautiful palace with amazing interiors paintings and carpet, one of the highlights of my trip yellowish in the queue surrounded by beautiful green.
Sweden has several palaces, but Drottningholm Palace is where the royal family lives. Located on Lovon island, the name of this late 16th century palace means “queen’s islet.” The original palace burned in 1661 but was rebuilt. It was used as a summer residence for a couple of centuries, but fell into disuse and decay in the 19th century. It has since been modernized and restored. Palace grounds include a 1736 church used by locals the last Sunday of every month and an eclectic mix of gardens dating back to the 17th century. The gardens are the main tourist attraction here.
History: Royal Domain of Drottningholm, Sweden! 🇸🇪
An island palace and gardens inspired by Versailles, this royal residence has changed according to the tastes of monarchs over the centuries. The renovations and shifting aesthetics have guided the magnificent grounds since King Johan III built the first castle here in the 16th century. The transformation showcases European architecture at its zenith.
The Royal Domain of Drottningholm stands on an island in Lake Mälar, in the Ekerö suburb of Stockholm. This magnificent homage to Swedish history and prosperity is a European treasure built by architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder by commission from Queen Hedvig Eleonora. With its palace, beautifully preserved theatre (built in 1766), Chinese pavilion, and gardens, it is one of the finest examples of an 18th-century Northern European royal residence inspired by the Palace of Versailles.
There has been a park here since the palace’s inception, but the gardens themselves developed over time to match European styles and the tastes of different monarchs. There were three main stages of development. The oldest part of the garden was designed with the Baroque style, inspired by the French ideals of symmetry and order. In the middle of the 18th century, a more natural park was built around a Chinese pavilion and avenues of chestnut trees. And later in the 18th century, the English garden approach was taken, with expansive lawns and canals.
The Swedish Royal Family still resides in Drottningholm, but you are free to enter some of the most important parts of the building, including the reception halls. From the palace, the parterre stretches out, lined by rows of trees. Fountains in the middle lead to a construction of cascades and four carefully sculpted hedge groves. The Chinese Pavilion is framed by Swedish trees, creating a sense of wild romanticism. Paths wind their way through the areas with more natural landscapes. The palace and park may be near the centre of Stockholm, but the overwhelming sense here is of serenity and seclusion.
A Palace Preserved for Everyone
The Drottningholm Palace is the best-preserved royal castle built in the 1600s in Sweden. Its condition and excellent level of craftsmanship make it representative of all European architecture for the period. The combination of the exotic Chinese Pavilion, the Palace Theatre, and the magnificent gardensmake a visit to Drottningholm a unique experience.
The Palace Theatre is particularly unique and worthy of a visit by theatre lovers. It is one of the few 18th century theatres in Europe that is still used as a theatre with its original stage machinery. It has a strong international reputation as a summer opera festival theatre, focused on works by Haydn, Handel, Gluck and Mozart, and an emphasis on authentic performance. It even features guest performances by the Royal Swedish Opera.
The Court Theatre of Drottningholm is the only 18th-century venue in the world that still uses the original stage machinery.
For today's visitors, it is important to be aware that the palace is still the King and Queen's permanent residence. The rooms in the southern wing are reserved for this purpose. The rest of the palace and grounds are open to the public all year round.