Strömsholm Palace

The Palace Park

Here, King Gustav Vasa raised horses for the Swedish Army. Today, there is a riding college and annual equestrian competitions are held in the pleasure gardens.

Strömsholm Palace and the thickly wooded park are surrounded by spacious mea-dows, pastures, oak woods and hazel groves.

Great stately oaks and the old-world pastoral landscape towards Lake Mälaren give the area a unique character. Here, both the plant and animal life are extremely rich.

The park is open year round.

The middle age

The area around Strömsholm has been inhabited since the middle ages.

Gustav Vasa reinforced the importance of horses here, by raising horses for Sweden´s army.

The palace, gardens and parks have been formed and fashioned by royalty since the middle of the 1500s.

Queens through the ages

Above all a number queens through the ages, who received the property as a wedding gift or dowager´s residence, have meant a lot for the development of the area, in collaboration with their architects, gardeners and other employees.

Strömsholm today

Different ideals and styles were witnessed throughout the palace´s long garden and park history. Today locals, tourists and equestrians from the Strömsholm Riding School visit and enjoy the park.

During the summer months many concerts and weddings are held here. As well as a few key horse riding competitions.

Many of the trees lining the avenues are old and decrepit and a number have disappeared since the 1970s. Even many of the bushes and hedges are gone.

A culture landscape

But the park, the avenues and the different gardens, as well as the remains of the kitchen garden, together with the surrounding culture landscape, make up a valuable cultural heritage.

The area protected both as a nature reserve and a state historical building heritage and is been preserved and brought to life for future generations.

At the present time preservation work is ongoing, as is an information program, future planning, tree renewal and restoration.


Strömsholm Riding School holds annual competitions in the pleasure gardens. Photo: Dick Norberg/

The palace has a chapel, which many couples choose as a romantic wedding venue. Photo: Raphael Stecksén/

The Strömsholm area has been inhabited since the Middle Ages. Photo: Raphael Stecksén/

The yellow Baroque Strömsholm Palace is built on a fortified islet where the Kolbäck River flows into Mälar Bay. Photo: Gomer Swahn/


6–9 June, Strömsholmsdagarna link, opens in new window

15–16 June, ”Reebok Ragnar Relay” www.runragnar.comexternal link, opens in new window

27–28 July, Vinthundsutställning link, opens in new window

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  • Are there any pushchair parkings at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: At the entrance to the Reception Rooms, in the Outer Courtyard there is a limited amount of space for pushchairs. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Riddarholm Church: At the entrance to Riddarholm Church. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Drottningholm Palace: Outside the entrance. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Other visitor attractions: No pushchair parking.

  • Which royal visitor attractions can I explore at my own pace?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm, Riddarholm Church, Drottningholm Palace, the Chinese Pavilion, Gripsholm Castle, Strömsholm Palace and the Orangery at Ulriksdal can be explored at your own pace.

    The other palaces are by guided tour.

  • Is it possible to hire rooms at the royal palaces for dinner functions/events?

    Strömsholm Palace: The dining room in the Stone Kitchen can be hired for dinner functions.

    The other palaces: Room hire is not possible.

  • Are audio guides available for the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: An audio guide in Swedish and English is available for the Bernadotte Apartments and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities.

    The Chinese Pavilion: An audio guide is available in Swedish and English

    Audio guides are not available at present for the other palaces.

  • Is it possible to take wedding photos inside the royal palaces?

    Wedding photography is not permitted in the rooms of the royal palaces.

    In the case of wedding ceremonies in Drottningholm Royal Chapel, Rosersberg Palace Chapel, Strömsholm Palace Chapel and Ulriksdal Palace Chapel, it is fine to take photographs in the chapel, but not in the rooms of the palaces.

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