Rosendal Palace
Rosendal Palace
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Neighborhood: Djurgården & Djurgårdsbrunn
The island of Djurgården and its northern mainland extension, Djurgårdsbrunn, impress with a mix of nature and an abundance of museums, while being located in walking distance to Stockholm’s city center. Djurgården not only invites visitors to take endless walks through a beautiful park landscape without having to leave the city, but also offers an incredible range of entertainment facilities, such as an open air museum which specializes in the Swedish way of life pre-industrialization, the renowned Vasa Museum with its legendary sailing ship, and Sweden’s most famous amusement park Gröna Lund, which is more than a 100 years old.
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Hans-Olof H
Stockholm, Sweden835 contributions
This beautiful small castle is open to the public only in the summer. It lies in the green island “Kungliga djurgården”. You must be in time for the guided tour that starts every hour in order be allowed inside. However, it is well worth a visit if you like the stile that was popular around two hundred years ago. The building was from that time and was built by the King that started the dynasty that is still at the Swedish throne. I liked it a lot and the truly knowledgeable and nice guide a major part of this experience.
Written June 23, 2022
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Johann&Sandra
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Rosendal Palace is located on the south side of the quiet Djurgården area of Stockholm, in a park-like setting. Once a suburban retreat for the Royal family, the palace is now a museum, and largely visited for its popular gardens, which are filled with organic vegetables even today. There is a coffee shop and bar with small food in the garden area.

Completed in 1827 for King Karl IV Johan, Rosendal Palace was occupied as a weekend or summertime getaway for the King and family. In 1907, when King Oskar died, it was converted into a museum for the life of Karl IV Johan. The place is quite beautiful actually. It's not all that big, but the furnishings are fine, the oil paintings are stellar, and everything is in excellent condition. The mint condition of the place is really what stood out to us, like the King could walk in any minute.

You can only visit Rosendal Palace itself with one of the guided tours (70SEK, about $12 per person) that take place hourly between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM, every day but Mondays and Midsummer weekend, summertime only (May 28 - August 31). There are tours in English and separate tours in Swedish, and they take about 45 minutes. We found that the tour was just right - enough information that we understood the Palace and the King's life, but not so much that you were mesmerized with numbers and facts.
You can't buy tickets in advance, just show up about 5 minutes early and buy there.

Don't go way out of your way to visit Rosendal's Palace, but if you find yourself in Djurgården during the summer, stop by and have a "fika" in the gardens, or a beer, walk through the park and take one of the guided tours of the Palace. You'll get a good idea what life was like for the King and his family back in the 19th century. My favorite line from the Queen (who mostly stayed in France and didn't like Sweden) was that "Sweden has two seasons - green winter and white winter". So true!
Written July 29, 2011
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FactotumDellaCitta
London, UK3,701 contributions
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The interior of this lovely little palace, really more like a summer villa, is accessible only by guided tour. We showed up at the appointed time for the English-language tour and discovered that we were the only guests and thus enjoyed a private tour with a most knowledgeable guide. It was surprising that even though this palace is within walking distance from the immensely popular Vasa Museum and Skansen Open Air Museum, there were virtually no tourists coming to visit it. The guide provided us with a very informative tour, explaining the historical context of the palace, and providing fascinating details about the architecture and decorations. There's a lovely garden behind the palace, which is accessible for free and with no guided tour.
Written November 13, 2015
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Barbara W
Utah391 contributions
Solo
This was my favorite of three royal palaces in Stockholm. Technically, it was not a residence, but a summer retreat. During the summer, tours in English and Swedish are only given at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm, so you may want to hit another tourist attraction on the island (and there are lots!) in the morning. In September, tours are only on Saturdays and Sundays. If using public transport, take Tram 7 to the Djurgarden stop and follow the signs.
Written September 8, 2015
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland26,575 contributions
Couples
The Rosendal Palace is an Empire-style royal residence on the Djurgården Island. It was built in the 1820s.

The Palace was closed during our visit. It is open from June 15 to August 13 and only for guided tours Tue-Sun: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00.

However, you always have a stroll in the beautiful gardens and surroundings.
Written June 1, 2018
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robert_bos53
Geneva, Switzerland1,803 contributions
Friends
We were keen to do a tour of this palace, which apparently is a litle gem. Unfortunately these tours are only from mid June to mid August, so being here on 22 August was already out of season. We had to do with a stroll through its park around the palace, which was nice but not what we had come for.
Written August 23, 2017
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SanchoPanza2
London, UK116 contributions
Friends
It's slightly hidden away in Djurgarden but this summer palace is most certainly worth seeking out. Wonderfully restored interiors, mostly from the Empire period but some from later in the 19th century, with the overwhelming sense being simply of colour. The central room on the first floor sits at the heart of the building and positively glows. We also had the place completely to ourselves. Put it to the top of your places to visit in Stockholm.
Written June 19, 2016
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Steve Y
Silver Spring, MD4,119 contributions
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I would recommend viewing this sweet little palace, just a bit of a walk away from the Vasa Museum.
It is very elegant, and the stroll to get there is very scenic and picturesque.
Much of the interior is antique, but also renovated. Nevertheless it is worth visiting. There is no charge to enter once you have the Stockholm Tourist Card.
If you are looking for a nice long walk on a sunny afternoon, why not continue to the Kaknastornet Tower for a great view and a drink or two!!
Will definitely be returning!
Written May 15, 2015
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31HomeGames
Charlotte, NC1,486 contributions
Couples
Unfortunately we just missed taking a tour of Rosendal Palace when we visited in May. The Palace is open for tours June through August. The exterior of this summer escape palace on Djurgården is lovely, as are the surrounding gardens. It’s a serene, reasonably short walk along a waterside path from the main entrance bridge to Djurgården.
Written June 2, 2019
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Danks Knows
Shoalhaven, Australia2,012 contributions
The Rosendal Palace is in the park of Kungliga Djurgarden on the island of Djurgarden in central Stockholm. The palace was built in 1823 and was designed as a place where the Royal family could get away from Royal life. The Royal Palace is only about 3 kilometres away, but Djurgarden is a picturesque garden setting surrounded by water. It is a lovely walk along the waterfront through the park to get to this palace and well worth the effort.
Written October 25, 2018
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