The summer had so much to offer, and here is one of the places we went to on our visit to Sweden’s capital Stockholm: the royal palace in Drottningholm- which is also one of Unesco’s World Heritage Sites. As Swedes are very open, the visitors can actually visit part of the palace despite it still being used as a private residence by the royals. The location of the building dating back to 1600s is really picturesque by the water, and the palace is surrounded by magnificent grounds with plenty of water elements scattered around – plus a gorgeous Chinese Pavilion at the other end of the grounds.
The best way to enjoy the beauty of Stockholm on the way to the palace is by taking one of the frequently travelling boats there – that gives you about an hour each way to enjoy pretty houses and the nature along the way. Upon arrival to Drottningholm we first toured the actual palace, and then had a lovely lunch (a bit pricey perhaps) in the restaurant on the grounds. Then we were off to enjoy walking around the pretty gardens and visiting the Chinese Pavilion for a few hours.
Drottningholm Palace is located by the water, which gives it even more appeal
So pretty and French in style
Ready to explore the castle and the expansive grounds
Not everything is open for public, but one can wander around the buildings and admire the surroundings
A guard doing his rounds, so funny when he peeks down in such a stiff manner!
Enter the royal gardens…
The views are even prettied on the back side where there are several fountains and landscaped gardens
Enter the next garden…
This actually is a building, not a tent!
The beautiful Chinese Pavilion, which has Chinese decor on display inside
The Chinese Pavilion has two little side pavilions, one of which is dressed as a dining room for a little royal meal
Pretty royal planters
A walk by a lake
The restaurant on-site serves delicious Swedish food
Waiting for the boat to arrive
Enjoying to the max!
The water is clear despite all the boats – this beach we spotted on our way back to the city
The city outline is a mix of old industrial buildings (turned into homes), cute little cottages and modern houses
Spotted – pretty historic mansion