I have said it before and I will say it again, Royal Palaces are my favorite. Any time I visit a new city and it is a nation that has a monarchy I make a point to make check it out the place. My visit to the Swedish capital was no different though there was an extra treat that I was able to tour a part of the place while the royals were home in the other part, eek! I opted for the combination for my visit to the Stockholm Royal Palace which included entrance to the visit to the Royal Apartments, the Treasury, The Slottskyrkan Royal Chapel, and the Tre Kronor Museum.
My favorite part was the Royal Apartments – mainly because there were so many rooms set up in their original state and because I timed my visit perfectly – I was nearly alone as I wandered through the gorgeous rooms. Why you might ask? The daily changing of the guards at the Stockholm Royal Palace is quite a site but after talking to a few people I found it was a 45 ceremony so while they tell you to line up at noon for the event thirty minutes later, which people do, you can really just arrive at 12:45 and still catch most of the show. My favorite room of the Festvåningen, the state apartments, was likely the Charles XI’s Gallery, the long room of chandeliers and mirrors seen below and it was a close second to the thrown room and the original necklace of the Royal Order of the Seraphim!
Overall a definite highlight and a must for any visit to Stockholm!