Where summer begins

The summer season at the Royal palaces begins in May. This is when several of the summer palaces – where royalty have spent many spring and summer days – will open to the public.

Three royal retreats

During the 2024 summer season, we will open the gates to three royal 'summer palaces': the Chinese Pavilion, Tullgarn Palace and Ulriksdal Palace.

King Gustaf V and Queen Victoria spent many summers at Tullgarn Palace, which has Gustavian rooms dating back to Duke Karl's time. In 1794, he wrote the following in a letter:

"It is true that it pains me to leave my Tullgarn to suffer the heat of Stockholm's stony streets."

Visit the Chinese Pavilion in Drottningholm Palace Park, built in 1753 for Queen Lovisa Ulrika.

The summer also sees the opening of Ulriksdal Palace, last used by King Gustaf VI Adolf. The living room from his time is one of the highlights of the palace.

A royal residence, a historic castle and a World Heritage Site

The Royal Palace (The King's official residence), the World Heritage Site of Drottningholm Palace and King Gustav Vasa's Gripsholm Castle will be open daily during the summer season.

The Riddarholmen Church – Stockholm's only preserved mediaeval abbey – will also be open daily during the summer.

Perfect summer destinations: The royal parks

Stroll through the extensive palace parks, visit Royal Djurgården and take a boat trip to the Fjäderholm Islands.

As well as a wealth of natural experiences, there are also historic buildings, art and sculptures to discover in the parks. The Royal Walks app will guide you for free.

Digital cultural heritage

On a rainy day, you can relax on your sofa and visit the palaces digitally via your computer or smartphone. Maybe a virtual visit to the jubilee exhibition? A ride in King Gustaf V's Daimler DE27 Limousine? Or a trip around Djurgården by horse and carriage with the Royal Stables?

See the links in the info box on this page!

The Royal Palace Royal palaces

Several of the royal summer palaces will be open during the summer. Photo: Tullgarn Palace, Josep Solé

At Tullgarn Palace, 1890s. Crown Prince Gustaf (V) and Victoria with their sons, princes Wilhelm, Gustaf Adolf and Erik. Photo from the Bernadotte Library's archive.

Swedish Grace. The living room at Ulriksdal Palace brings together the best of art and interior design from the 1920s. Photo: Kate Gabor

King Gustaf VI Adolf and Queen Louise, Ulriksdal Palace, 1938. Photo from the Bernadotte Library's archive.


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