Stockholm is sometimes referred to as “the Royal Capital” and as a visitor you’ll quickly discover why. The Swedish monarchy has left its marks wherever you turn.
The Swedish monarchy is one of the oldest in the world. In fact, Sweden has had a king or queen for more than a thousand years. While being a constitutional monarchy only (Sweden has been a democracy since 1921), even today the royal family plays a natural and important part in Swedish society.
One reason for its popularity is that the Swedish royal family is very visible and often takes the time to interact with its fellow Swedes and visitors alike. It’s also a very accessible monarchy, making Stockholm a great place to visit for anyone interested in the history of the European royal families.
Far from being museums, you can actually visit the places where the royalty work and reside, like the Royal Palace in Gamla stan and the Unesco World Heritage site, Drottningholm Palce.
The former is within walking distance from downtown Stockholm and houses the Royal Apartments, the Hall of State, the Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry, the Treasury, the Tre Kronor Palace Museum, the Armoury and the Museum of Antiquities of Gustav III. The Changing of the Guards ceremony takes place Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12.00 and on Sundays and public holidays at 13.00.
The Drottningholm Palace is a 50-minute boat ride from the city center or approximately 30 minutes by coach or by public transport. If you have half a day to spare, you really should try to go!