I visited Drottningholm Castle for the first time in the summer of 2009. It was a warm Easter day and the sun shined from a blue sky. The second time I visited the castle was in February 2014. It was freezing, below 0 degrees, windy and cloudy.
Drottningholm Castle is where the King and Queen of Sweden live. Drottning is the Swedish word for Queen and holm is the word for rock. Drottningholm therefore is situated on the Queen's rock in Bromma, about 10km in the north-west of Stockholm's city centre.
It can be reached by boat during summer and by metro and bus during winter!
If you can see the Swedish flag on the castle's rooftop then the Swedish Royal Family is home. As you can see they were there during my last visit though I didn't see them.
I saw the Crown Princess and her family at the Royal Palace in the city centre but they live in their own castle, Haga, in the far north of the city, halfway to Arlanda Airport.
You can visit both, Drottningholm Castle and the Royal Palace in the city centre. On my first visit to Drottningholm I didn't visit the inside but last time I took a guided tour through the right wing of the building. The rooms are gorgeous!
Unfortunately you are not allowed to take pictures but believe me, it's worth a visit! I was only a little bit disappointed as the interiour of Drottningholm looks exactly like the interiour of the Royal Palace that I had visited shortly before.
So if you plan on going to Stockholm and visit one of the castles - choose Drottningholm! The ticket is cheaper than the one for the Royal Palace and you have a brilliant view on Lake Mälaren and can take a stroll through the Royal Garden.
Certain parts of the garden at Drottningholm are open to the public and people who live near the castle go there to walk their dogs or to take a Sunday promenade. At the other end of the garden you'll find Kina Slott, a little chinese castle-like building with an exhibition and a cafe in it.
It's only open during the summer months though so I haven't visited it yet. Nevertheless the garden itself is beautiful, especially when the weather is great, and you can walk around there for hours!
Another important thing about Drottningholm Castle is the change of the guard. You can of course watch it at the Royal Palace too. It's very pompous there but very intimate at Drottningholm!
Even if you don't want to take a guided tour and if you're not interested in the change of the guard - there's one thing you really shouldn't miss: the cafe at Drottningholm! I didn't visited it in 2009 but after walking through the garden for an hour in the cold in February, I really needed a cup of tea!
I had the most delicious strawberry tea and princesstarta (marzipan cake) there. It was WONDERFUL!
How to get there: Metro 17 towards Akeshov or Metro 19 towards Hässelby Strand / stop at Brommaplan / then Bus 301-323 or Bus 176-177 / stop at Drottningholm
- January-March: Sat-Sun 12pm - 3.30pm
- April: Fri-Sun 11am - 3.30pm
- May-August: every day 10am - 4.30pm
- September: every day 10am - 3.30pm
- October: Fri-Sun 11am - 3.30pm
- November-December: Sat-Sun 12pm - 3.30pm
Guided tours: Swedish and English (also Russian if required) guided tours always start at 12pm and 2pm / in the summer also at 10am and 1pm
Entrance fee: Adults 120 SEK / Students 60 SEK / Children (0-17) free
- the view on Lake Mälaren
- the interiour of the castle
- the marzipan cake in the cafe
- the garden
Suitable for: EVERYONE!
Don't forget: You have to leave backpacks in the (guarded) cloakroom and it takes half an hour from the city centre to get to the castle. Restrooms are outside right opposite of the cafe and souvenir shop.