As I was mentioning it in my previous entry, Gamla Stan is definitively the iconic and busiest part of Stockholm, with all the churches, museums and restaurants. It is also the home of one of Europe’s largest Royal Palace, Kungliga slottet.
The palace is the daily place of work for The King and Queen but also offers access to several museums open to the public (check out this website if interested).
The Royal apartments
The Royal apartments are still used today by the Royal family for official representations, receptions, audiences, etc. So it may not be possible to visit them at certain time of the year. There are several parts to visit on each floor including The Bernardote apartments. They are used regularly by the king for ceremonial audiences and presentations of medals. The original furnishings date back to the 1730’s. Oskar II and Queen Sofia were the last residents of these rooms.
The timing that worked well for us was arriving at 10 am : we were the only ones inside, and we could take pictures and enjoy the scenery without having to brave the crowds.
The Treasury houses the Royal regalia including crowns, swords, jewels from the early 16th century onwards, in dark cellar vaults.
As part of the Stockholm Card, we visited it and enjoyed it. But I wouldn’t pay a separate fee just to see a few crowns. It was packed with people and difficult to enjoy. It’s not possible to take pictures over there, even without flash. Not comparable to the Crown Jewels at the Tower Of London, be warned. But If you buy the Stockholm card, it’s included in the price, so why not visiting it ?
The Swedish Royal Armoury
The Royal Armoury is the oldest museum in Sweden, established in 1628 by King Gustav II Adolph, displaying royal costumes and armours, as well as several coaches from the Royal Stables. When we visited it, we had the chance to see the special exhibit, “Power Games: A Costume Drama“. The exhibit combined films (including Game of Thrones), history, fantasy and fashion.. and it was awesome ! And to top if off, we were able to dressed up with historical costumes and took some pictures :-)
We finished the day by a beautiful sunset !