Spending a month in Stockholm, during the summer, is an incredible experience.
In addition to enjoying near 24 hours of daylight, sunshine, blue skies, glistening water, the ability to walk (or bike) everywhere—and exquisitely clean air escorting you along the way—there is plenty of time to meander on over to the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) for a leisurely visit.
Guards are on duty and they even perform ceremonies.
So, to eliminate any confusion, I reviewed the Royal Palace website before arriving, to determine exactly what I wanted to see. This ensured we would purchase the correct tickets, once on site.
We saw nearly everything.
There are endless rooms in their near ancient state. It was beautiful to see them presented authentically—as imperfect history—with broken items pieced back together, original fabrics and aged painting.
Incredibly, these rooms are still used for official events today.
Royal life is clearly not about perfection.
There were stunning statues.
Plus slightly frightening statues, sitting exactly where they were first placed hundreds of years ago.
If you can believe it, the Royal Chapel is open for services on Sunday (Söndag). Next visit, I can't wait to attend...just to experience what it's like.
But my favorite part...?
You never know who you'll be lucky enough to run into.
The Royal Palace is located in the beautiful Gamla Stan section of Stockholm. This entire area was very easy to walk (though keep an eye out for some ostrich-egg-size cobblestones).
If hungry or thirsty while at the Royal Palace, there’s a delightful Summer Café located in the courtyard. There were even a few plant-based/gluten-free options and we enjoyed a little fika. If more food is desired, there are more restaurants (restaurang) nearby, in Gamla Stan.
Ways to help another visitor: I overheard an elder in line behind me who did not think he could place his coffee (kaffe) order, in either English or Swedish, so I included his order with my order, as I wanted to ensure he and his wife had their fika, too. Of course, one could just have just helped him place his order and allowed him to pay for his order, but it was kind of fun to surprise them with a little treat.
The main bathroom (toalett) is also located in the courtyard. To enter, one swipes their entry ticket at the little kiosk gate, located right before the bathroom (unless you get lucky, like I did, and find the little gate open).
I think the best bathroom (toalett that is more privately located, with fewer people) is in the Museum Three Crowns (Tre Kronor). After entering the museum and walking down the stairs, it’s to the right.
Some portions of the Royal Palace might not be accessible to those who are mobility challenged, due to stairs. One should verify accessibility with the Royal Palace.
We were allowed to take flash-free photographs of just about everything—except in the cellar vaults, which held crowns (no photos allowed there). Of course, I wanted to photograph those the most!
As someone who is rarely drawn to palaces or castles, I'm so grateful to have toured the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) in Stockholm. It's filled with interesting—and imperfect—history. Simply witnessing these realities can be the greatest gift to our own reality.