En route to Drottningholm, you’ll pass through the western suburbs of the capital. Drottningholm Palace was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sweden. It was chosen because it is regarded as the country’s best-preserved example of an 18th-century palatial setting, and is also representative of all European royal architecture modeled on Versailles. Situated on the island of Lovön in a small inlet of Lake Mälaren, west of Stockholm, Drottningholm has been the residence of the Swedish Royal Family since 1981. Work on Drottningholm Palace began in 1662 and followed the design of Nicodemus Tessin Senior. Upon the death of his father in 1681, Nicodemus Tessin Junior completed the project and also designed the French-inspired Baroque Garden. The project involved some of the finest artists of the age. Visit the magnificently decorated State Apartments and enjoy a stroll in the outdoor surroundings, including the French- and English-style landscaped gardens. Notes:Tour is available only on select sailings.
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Customer Reviews for Drottningholm Palace & Gardens
Review 1 for Drottningholm Palace & Gardens
Too little time to see anything
Date:July 23, 2014
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:July
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
The tour guide was very knowledgeable but, contrary to the description of this excursion, we were given almost no time to look around. By the time the tour guide let us loose we had less than 20 minutes to go into the gardens, wander around, visit the gift shop; oh, and use the bathroom. Never even made it into the gardens although "strolling through the gardens" was listed in the description (and in the title). Our tour left at 12:30 and even an extra 30 minutes would've helped. But I think they might do two tours a day which limits each to 3 hours total. As other reviews mentioned, you spend nearly half that time getting to and from the palace.
To rushed A very beautiful place however not enough time allowed to truly enjoy the surrounds. Two hours taken up in travel leaving 1 hour to tour the palace and enjoy the gardens. The palace was not crowded when I was there
This was a pleasant tour with a knowledgeable tour guide. The palace is quite nice, but no pictures are allowed inside. The royal family lives in one section of the palace. The gardens are huge; one is Baroque-inspired, the other English-inspired. But we were given a VERY short time to see them. The palace is a rather long drive from the ship.