Royal Palace, Stockholm

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After the city's medieval castle was destroyed by fire, Royal Palace was built in the same spot and has served as the king's residence since the 18th century. Located in the city's old town area, this castle has over 600 rooms and five museums. Following the destructive palace fire of 1697, the current structure was built by architect Nicodemus Tessin in 1754. Tour the palace grounds and buildings to see its 18th- and 19th-century interiors, museums, and royal costumes. Many visitors like to catch the changing of the guard ceremony, which has been a tradition since 1523. Take a look at our Stockholm trip planner to schedule your visit to Royal Palace and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The palace is wells structured, with a simply path to follow to see every room, the price of ticket is really chap for the quantity of things you can see, and with 20kr to add at your ticket you can h...  more »
  • Guard changing ceremony was to tour free of charge. Hanging around, chatting in the shade of the pillars is looked at from the position of the next, rather than from the front, guard, waiting to come to see and hear also and enjoyed it.
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  • This is a huge Palace and you see quite a lot of it but it is rather uninteresting. There is building work going on which makes some of the rooms a bit dingey. The toilet facilities are abysmal with 6...  more »
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  • Great place, the architecture is very well preserved and it has very Renaissance/Victorian like structures and buildings. The museum also plays a vital role, acting as a visereal imagery of what the contents of the interior would have looked like. This brings in elements of lively emotions and social atmosphere of the times of old. It also displays cultural context well enough to show the longevity and preserved culture that the Swedes possess. I found the experience very impacting and I was truly amazed by the content(s) of the palace. The customer service was good. Very friendly workers and staff. The tour guide also explained and described everything in great depth. The demonstrations conducted by the Royal guards outside the courtyard were also superb. Like I said great place, definitely a place worth visiting.
  • Having seen a few palaces around the world, I felt this one is a bit understated, nevertheless it's functional and well looked after. Taking a guided tour would certainly help but I did the trip on my own and did not feel that I missed much. If you have a good guide book, that would be great. Worth a look. Entry fee applicable. Credit cards accepted.
  • I take my doggie for a walk around the Royal Palace every other night, which she loves, as do I. It's pompous and beautiful, at night the guards are so bored out of their minds it's the best time to chat with them. Lovely folk, usually. Without the crowds and under the beautiful lighting it really is a treat every time we do the loop.
  • Impressive enormous stylish building, and also very photogenic! It's the main attraction of Gamla Stan, the Stockholm's Old Town, which is the most beautiful and the most interesting part of the Sweden's capital. It's very well preserved, and it is a real pleasure to walk around.
  • Quite an interesting morning in the museum before the changing of the guard. The only real problem is much of the castle seems to be as dark as it was when it was built! The advantage though is that the extensive and fabulous tapestries on the walls are among the best centuries old tapestries I have seen, probably because they haven't seen the light of day since they were woven. Fortunately, my new Google Pixel phone took incredible pictures of the tapestries as well as the sumptuous rooms, jewelry, uniforms, and dresses on display. A surprisingly enjoyable morning. The changing of the guard is much longer than it needed to be, though does give the band time to entertain more after all the practice all bands require. The marching had a few nice choreographic moments, but was basically routine. Lots of handsome men though!

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Where to stay in Stockholm

Glitzy Stockholm provides an abundance of high-end four-star hotels and international chains that come with a reputation of being pricey and feature a distinguished Scandinavian design. You can save yourself a little money by searching out the discounts these hotels often offer. If you're looking for something more affordable, consider the medium-priced hotels north of the Old Town. The least-expensive options lie near Central Station. Since offerings tend to be more affordable the farther you go from the city center, you'll serve yourself well to find a spot near public transport. Hostels in the city tend to fill up fast, so book online in advance. Many of hotels offer the
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