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“Stuck in Time - Faded Glamour of an Age Long Gone”
Review of Royal Palace

Royal Palace
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Ticket in Stockholm
Ranked #19 of 303 things to do in Stockholm
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The changing of the guard ceremony has been a daily tradition since 1523.
Vancouver
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“Stuck in Time - Faded Glamour of an Age Long Gone”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

To view the Royal Apartments, we arrived on time for the 60 minute English tour which is included in the admission price. The tour is worthwhile as the guide provides background information, points out interesting objects, and tells stories about the fire long ago which prompted a rebuilding of the palace in a different design than that left standing. She also fills you in on the politics of the time and which room was used as a meeting place for the nobles to consult with the king. However, taking a tour is not a requirement to gain access to the palace rooms. There seemed to be more Hall of State rooms on display than private rooms like the bedrooms, dining room, and the King/Queen's rooms, but you see these too. The rooms are dimly lit and it is warm inside. There is little furniture on display with only some fine china and stemware in a small display case in one room. So visitors are mainly looking at the architectural details of empty rooms painted in drab colors like grey and some blues. There are few tapestries on these walls. Ceiling ornamentation varies with little gold leafing. The Halls of State had the most display cases with medals of all sorts and other regalia used for State functions. Even though the palace is not impressive, appears old, dusty and disused, it is still used for presenting medals and receiving State officials and this room was furnished with modern Swedish furniture in warm welcoming colors. Some rooms are still used by the royals as a work place as well. Pictures are not allowed to be taken in the palace. The entry fee is 150SEK and includes the Royal palace rooms and 3 other museums in the palace: the Treasury, Tre Kronor museum with its medieval history of the palace, and the collection of Italian marble sculptures. There was no line up for tickets at 1:30 pm; free toilets are in the ticket building if someone is there to hold open the coin operated door after using the facilities, and tour buses were not evident this mid-summer eve's day so not crowded. Sentries are posted outside at different entry places. The Changing of the Guard is popular with tourists at noon with the band staying on to play for a while after. The palace is surrounded by cobblestones...a town square, streets,...and several medieval churches, and residences. The palace has a helpful website. Allow 2 -2 1/2 hrs to see the palace and the 3 other museums.

Visited June 2014
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“Pretty interesting”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

The Royal Palace in Gamla Stan, Stockholm is beautiful surrounded by magnificent gardens. changing of the guard at the royal palace takes place at noon every day.Stockholm is very clean and well worth a visit

Visited July 2014
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“A nice royal palace”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

In such a modern city as Stockholm it could be difficult to imagine something relied to the idea of past times as a royal palace. But I have to admit that this is not the case, and Stockholm wouldn't just be the same without its majestic jewel.

Visited April 2014
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“royal palace and old town of stockholm”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

changing of the guard at the royal palace takes place at noon every day. marching takes place with band playing music.plenty of photographs to take especially in the old town which is just at the bottom of the hill from the royal palace .if you want a sightseeing boat ride can be taken from the canal at the front of the royal palace. Stockholm is very clean and well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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“A remarkable palace!!”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

The Royal Palace in Gamla Stan, Stockholm is beautiful surrounded by magnificent gardens. I think what made it so special was the fact that we could simply walk in the front door without being stopped for security checks. We took a ferry from City Hall to get to the Palace which was delightful and I highly recommend that as a way to get to the Palace.

Visited May 2014
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