Situated in the heart of Stockholm, (also home to the endlessly wanderable Gamla Stad, or Old Town), the Royal Palace is the official residence of the monarchs of Sweden and the chief venue for official state events. With 608 rooms, it is among the largest surviving palaces in Europe. The present glorious baroque edifice is the work of Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, from a 1692 design, however, parts of the older medieval Castle of Three Crowns still survive. Attractions include the Banqueting Apartments, the Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry, the Hall of State, the Royal Treasury, Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities and the Royal Chapel. The changing of the guard at the palace is as much of a spectacle in Stockholm as it is in London.
Things to see in Stockholm
Stockholm Visitors Board
Tel: (08) 5082 8508.
Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1900 (1800 Oct-Mar), Sat 1000-1700 and Sun 1000-1600.
There’s also a service desk at Illums Bolighus on Hamngatan 27, as well as cycling tourist information officers.
The Stockholm Card (Stockholmskortet) (www.visitstockholm.com) offers free public transport within Stockholm, free sightseeing by boat, free admission to 80 museums and attractions, free city guided tours, free bike tours, and other special offers and benefits. You can buy the pass at tourist centres, at the City Hall and at hotels, youth hostels and kiosks throughout the city. The Stockholm Card is available for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days.
Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) (tel: (08) 600 1000; www.sl.se) offers one, three and seven-day travelcards for Greater Stockholm. These cards are available from SL Centres at several metro stations, in the lower hall at the Central Station and in the ticket halls of T-centralen station at Sergels Torg.