Drottningholm


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Drottningholm Palace on the island of Lovon was completed in the late 1600s during Sweden’s time as a great power. The Swedish royal court resided here regularly during the 18th century and it remains a summer residence for the Royal Family, but is also open to the public. In 1991, the palace and its grounds were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for being “the finest example of an 18th-century north European royal residence inspired by the Palace of Versailles”.

Below are trip highlights from July 6th, 2019. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps.

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Hammarbyslussen Lock
Water entering the Hammarbyslussen lock as we return to the lake system in the tender to tour Drottningholm Palace.
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Arstabroarna
About to pass under the Arstabroarna (the Arsta bridges), two parallel railway viaducts that connect mainland Stockholm to the island of Sodermalm. The closest bridge has been in operation since 1929 and was the longest bridge in Sweden when completed. The second bridge behind was completed in 2005.
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Boat Transport
A boat being lifted out of the water for transport.
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Paddlers
These paddlers really digging as we passed.
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Drottningholm Palace
Our destination for the day, Drottningholm Palace on the island of Lovon. An original castle built in 1580 burnt down and was replaced by the current palace, completed in the late 1600s during Sweden’s time as a great power. The Swedish royal court resided here regularly during the 18th century and it remains a summer residence for the Royal Family, but is also open to the public. The palace and its grounds were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991 for being “the finest example of an 18th-century north European royal residence inspired by the Palace of Versailles”.
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Tender
Our tender tied off at the small boat dock on the Drottningholm Palace grounds.
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Staircase
The grand staircase in Drottningholm Palace is full of statues, perspective paintings and beautiful marble.
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Baroque Garden
A view to the Baroque Garden, part of the expansive Drottningholm Palace Park.
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Bedchamber
The opulent state bedchamber of Queen Hedvig Eleonora, who commissioned the palace in the 17th century. It is one of Sweden’s grandest, and most expensive, Baroque rooms.
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Library
The magnificent library, created in the late 18th-century, houses roughly 2500 works in 7400 volumes.
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Theatre
The Drottningholm Palace Theater is one of the best preserved 18th-century theatres in the world. The stage’s hand-operated wooden machinery and sound effect machines are still in working order, and productions are regularly held here in the summer.
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Chinese Pavilion
The Chinese Pavilion is a summer palace given to Queen Lovisa Ulrika in 1753 as a surprise birthday gift from her husband King Adolf Fredrik. At that time, Chinese craftsmanship was exotic and rare, and considered the height of fashion in Europe.
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Yellow Room
The Yellow Room in the Chinese Pavilion is beautifully decorated with Chinese lacquered panels and porcelain.
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Confidencen
Confidencen is a remote dining building at the Chinese Pavilion where the dinner table and the serving tables were set on the floor below and hoisted up on signal, allowing for private dining similar to the Hermitage dining room at Peterhof palace.
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Sculptures
Sculptures are spread throughout the Drottningholm Palace Park, some designed to surprise and delight visitors who unexpectedly come across them.
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Seven Cascades
On either side of the center avenue in the Baroque garden are seven cascades spilling from a raised walkway.
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Palace from Gardens
The rear of Drottningholm Palace, viewed from above the seven cascades in the Baroque Garden.
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Hercules Fountain
The Hercules Fountain is one of 32 bronze sculptures in Drottningholm Palace Park by the leading sculptor of the Baroque period, the Dutchman Adriaen de Vries. They were taken by the Swedish army from the Wallenstein Palace in Prague as spoils of war.
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Sjopaviljongen
A delicious lunch on the terrace at Sjopaviljongen about halfway back to Dirona from Drottningholm Palace. Our tender is partially visible moored to James’ right.
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Powered Board
A couple of people were out on the lake in battery-powered paddleboards.
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Apartments
Modern apartments on the island of Kungsholmen.
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Float Homes
One of several striking floathomes moored at Papas Marina opposite the island of Kungsholmen.
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Suspended Buoys
This is the first time we’ve seen buoys suspended from a bridge above a waterway, rather than secured to land or the sea bottom.
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Karlberg Canal
The narrow and intimate Karlberg Canal along the north side of the island of Kungsholmen.
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Karlberg Palace
Karlberg Palace was built in the 1620s for a wealthy Stockholm resident and purchased by the King in 1688. It served as a royal palace until the lat 1700s, when it was converted to a military academy that has continued to present day.
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Stockholm Waterfront
The modern Stockholm Waterfront complex, completed in 2011. The complex includes a hotel, office buildings and a conference center.
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City Hall
Stockholm’s City Hall building was completed in 1923 and is a landmark in the city. The 347ft (106m) tower is open to the public to climb to the top.
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Brightwork
Amazing brightwork on this wooden boat moored along the lakes.
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Canal Tour
This large canal tour boat was one of several other vessels we shared Hammarbyslussen with on the return back to saltwater. We didn’t know it then, but Artnautica 58 Britt owner Rob Westermann was on board.
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2 comments on “Drottningholm
  1. John Schieffelin says:

    Having just returned from a stay in Normandy and Paris, It is interesting to see how closely Drottingholm resembles Versailles. Royal families sure go for ornate, heavily-gilded decor.

    A tiny quibble with your photo entitled “Rowers” — they are actually paddlers. Rowers use oars.

    As always, so enjoy your photos and commentary.

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