Royal Palace

The Kungliga Slottet (Royal Palace) is still the official residence of the Swedish royal family, although they live mainly at Drottningholm Palace (see separate article). One can see why: built in Gamla Stan over 57 years (from 1697 to 1754) in ambitious, monumental Baroque style, it is the world's largest royal palace still in use, and not exactly cosy or dainty.

Visitors can see some of the most impressive of the 600 rooms. This includes the magnificent Royal Apartments (used for royal receptions), the Hall of State, and Gustav III's state bedchamber. There are also three museums in the palace. The Tre Kronor Palace Museum traces the history of the fortress and palace that previously stood on this site, the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns), built originally in the 13th century to protect the entrance to Lake Mälaren; the Treasury Museum contains historic crown jewels and regalia; and the Museum of Antiquities of Gustav III is a collection of sculpture, collected in Italy the 18th century.

The Changing of the Guard takes place at around lunchtime, sometimes accompanied by a parade.

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