Originally built in the late 16th century, Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family as well as one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. The palace is also home to the Drottningholm Palace Theatre which was opened in 1766 as the replacement of an earlier theater that was destroyed by a fire. The theatre was forgotten and fell into disrepair for quite some time after the assassination of King Gustav III in 1792. In 1920 restoration work began on the theatre and was completed and re-opened in 1922 and is currently run by a private foundation funded by government and private grants. In 1991 the site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list as the “Royal Domain of Drottningholm” because it is a wonderful example of 18th century European royal residences. The amazingly preserved theater is one of the major reasons for Drottningholm’s inscription on the UNESCO list.
The reception halls of the palace are open all year round to the public and guided tours are available. Be sure to check out the new visitor’s center, it has lots of useful information, The Royal Gift Shop which offers unique presents and souvenirs, and even a restaurant so you can grab some lunch or a drink to quench your thirst. Drottningholm Palace is open all year around usually opening at around 11 am, it is closed on New Year’s Eve & Day as well as Christmas Eve & Day as well as Boxing Day. Entrance to the palace will cost adults a little under $12 and about $6 for children 7-18. Tickets during the summer can be purchased which include admission to the Chinese Pavilion and run about $17 for adults and about $9 for kids 7-18. Children under 7 accompanied by a guardian are always free.
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