The Swedish Royal Palace

The Swedish Royal Palace (or Kungliga slottet, in Swedish) is one of those places I couldn’t believe I didn’t visit in my first trip to Sweden.

Known as the largest palace after Versailles, the Swedish Royal Palace was built on the ruins of Tre Kronor castle that burned down in 1967, from which only the north wing survived and was incorporated into the new building.

It is still fully functional and definitely not a museum. Some days, the palace is closed due to events happening, or even because they actual King is working there — the guided tour guy actually referred to the King and Queen of Sweden as his ”bosses”; that was kinda cute 🙂

My personal highlights from the visit:

I) There’s both baroque and rococo styling involved in the architecture, as the palace took a total of 57 years to get finished.

II) It has over 600 rooms! (and if I remember right, visitors are allowed to see around 30?).

III) The private rooms where the actual royal families lived are much smaller and cozier. You will easily notice them from the bunch of pictures: the ceilings are lower, the walls “cleaner” and the decoration looks less busy from the public rooms. It was also quite easier to warm them up during the cold winter (remember that Sweden is a quite far in the north and the winters are specially tough).

IV) It houses the largest piece of porcelain in the world! (I had to get close by to read the tag because otherwise it looks like it’s regular furniture made out of wood).

V) Queen Kristina’s silver throne in Hall of State is truly impressive! (this is where the guided tour starts, by the way).

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7 Comments

  1. September 22, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    erm…get me on a plane here NOW please?! This is gorgeous!! it reminds me a lot of versailles in france actually – i absolutely love walking round huge castles so i’m definitely adding this one to my list, all 600 rooms of it!!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • Sora
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      September 30, 2018 / 11:52 am

      Exact same reaction over here! Hahahaha I want to go back there so badly! Have you ever been to Versailles? I so want to go some day!

  2. September 22, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am literally melting at this beautiful architecture. I adore rococo so this is right up my street. Adding to my bucket list. So glad I found this post

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    • Sora
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      September 30, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      You are SO rococo girl! ♥ I’m so glad you found it useful :DDDDDD

    • Sora
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      September 30, 2018 / 12:08 pm

      It really is! 😀

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