Our next stop at Stockholm after the Vasa Museum was the Royal Palace of Stockholm. This would be our third palace in three short days, after the Rosenborg Castle and Christianborg Palace in Copenhagen. Although palace visiting seemed to be a prominent feature of the entire Baltic cruise, nothing could quite prepare us for the opulence of the Russian palaces that was to come in the next few days.
How to get to The Royal Palace of Stockholm from Vasa Museum
It’s hard to miss your stop, with the kind of technology that they have on board their buses or trams to update you on the upcoming stops.
As our bus approached, we found that there was a bit of a fanfare going on in the streets. It was the marching of the Royal Guards with their orchestra, something that we witnessed a fair bit of in the comfort of the bus (lucky me) while the roads were slightly jammed with people stopping to see this sight.
And this is what we came here for – the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The Royal Palace of Stockholm is the official residence of King Carl XVI (the current King of Sweden). It houses the official offices of the King and Queen, as well as those of the royal courts administration. The King uses the palace when exercising his official duties and for official representation. When there are state visits or other official functions, some parts, or even the whole palace may be closed to the public!
First of all, we had to buy tickets. Entrance tickets for each adult was about SGD$25! The ticketing booth was just in front of this grandeur of the throne! So I couldn’t help but snap some photos while waiting in line to pay.
Remember to get the guidebook as well when you purchase the tickets. It is about the only point where you can purchase this book (we didn’t see it sold anywhere else). At a cost of SGD$15, it was especially useful in giving us a good summary and history of the things we were looking at, something that foreigners to the land like ourselves would appreciate very much.
Alternatively, you may want to download the Royal Palace free app to help you navigate through the Royal Palace.
Only certain parts of the palace are open to the public, as depicted on the entrance tickets – The Royal Apartments, The Treasury, The Tre Kroner Museum and the Museum of Antiquities. Sounds like a lot to do within the one and a half hours we had allocated to cover this attraction.
First thing we ever did on getting the entrance tickets was to walk though the Hall of State to get to the Throne. Up until 1975, the King opened his parliament every year with a formal ceremony held in the Hall of State.
The throne dates back all the way to 1650!
The Royal Chapel is about one of the grandest places (and of course, the busiest) in the entire palace.
We proceeded very quickly to the Tre Kroner Museum to avoid the crowd. It really was a very peaceful place here, because it really was just a cellar. A fire at the castle destroyed everything in 1697, but the things hidden in the safety of the brick walls of the cellar survived. Today, it houses a collection of the remains from a number of other buildings, historical objects and the model of the newly constructed castle.
The Royal Apartments are really where most of the action were. The majority of our time were spent looking in at the wonderful furnishings and paintings.
Admiring the intricate carvings up on the ceilings of the palace.
Just like the Rosenborg Castle, the Royal Palace of Stockholm has a treasury which houses the crown jewels of the Swedish monarchy. However, unlike the Rosenborg Treasury, photography was not allowed. There was also a long queue (and a long waiting time) to go into the small little underground cove that was the treasury, so you might want to make it your first stop if you arrive in the morning before the rest of the tourist crowds hits.
Join us next as we hit the streets of Stockholm for some quick shopping before we leave for the Caribbean Princess.