Drottningholm Palace on Island Lovön in Lake Mälaren

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Drottningholm Palace © Sxenko/cc-by-2.5

Drottningholm Palace © Sxenko/cc-by-2.5

The Drottningholm Palace (Swedish: Drottningholms slott) is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located in Drottningholm. It is built on the island Lovön (in Ekerö Municipality of Stockholm County), and is one of Sweden’s Royal Palaces. It was originally built in the late 16th century. It served as a residence of the Swedish royal court for most of the 18th century. Apart from being the private residence of the Swedish royal family, the palace is a popular tourist attraction. The current China Castle, which has replaced the old wooden pavilion from 1753, is designed by Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz. The royal court’s chief supervisor Jean Eric Rehn was the man who led the work with the interior design. The construction of the pavilion began in 1763 and was completed in 1769. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was added to the list in 1991. The current Swedish royal family have used Drottningholm as their primary residence since 1981. Since then, the Palace has also been guarded by the Swedish Military in the same fashion as Stockholm Palace.

The Drottningholm Palace Theatre (Swedish: Drottningholms slottsteater) is an opera house located at Drottningholm Palace, which has been described by Per-Erik Öhrn, the theatre’s former artistic director, as “the Swedish jewel in our European cultural heritage crown of centuries-old theatres”. Currently the reinvigorated theatre has acquired a growing international reputation as a summer opera festival theatre by focusing on works by Haydn, Handel, Gluck and Mozart and emphasis on authentic performance.

Drottningholm Palace © Holger.Ellgaard/cc-by-sa-3.0 Drottningholm Palace Gardens © Purple Drottningholm Palace Theatre © AndreasPraefcke/cc-by-sa-3.0 Drottningholm Palace - Chinese Pavilion © Kalle1 Drottningholm Palace © ArildV/cc-by-sa-3.0 Drottningholm Palace © Sxenko/cc-by-2.5
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Drottningholm Palace Theatre © AndreasPraefcke/cc-by-sa-3.0
The palace and its grounds have seen many renovations, changes and additions over the past 400 years. The largest renovation, in which electricity, heating, sewage, water lines were either installed or updated and the castle roof replaced, took place between 1907 and 1913. During a 20-year-period beginning around 1977, several major areas of the palace were restored and rebuilt. The library and national hall received much of the attention and fire protection was installed throughout the palace. In 1997, work began to clean and rebuild the exterior walls. This was completed in 2002.

The gardens and park areas surrounding the castle and its buildings are one of the main attractions for the tourists that visit the palace each year.The gardens have been established in stages since the castle was built, resulting in different styles of parks and gardens.

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