Drenningholm Palace is ideally located on Lovö Island, surrounded by Lake Mälaren and less than an hour’s drive from central Stockholm. It is one of the best destinations among all day trips in Stockholm.
The palace was built in the 17th century by architect Tessins and is well preserved – the rooms here are surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens.
Why do you want to go here?
For the simple reason that it is very beautiful! A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Joningholm Palace is Sweden’s best-preserved royal castle. While the south side is still home to the Swedish royal family, the rest of the palace and its grounds are open to the public – it’s worth a visit and you’ll be amazed at the magnificent furnishings and decorations as well as the impressive gardens.
Zoningholm Palace is modeled after Versailles, and while it’s even smaller than that, it does have plenty of large rooms to admire, and you could easily spend hours wandering through them.
Highlights include Queen Hedvig Eleonora’s sumptuous baroque bedroom, as well as ornate rooms adorned with glittering chandeliers and decorated with embroidered and silk walls.
You’ll also have plenty of time to explore the private theater and the exquisite rococo Chinese pavilion. The landscaped park includes stunning formal gardens, classical fountains and water features as well as nature parks and waterfront walks.
Opening times vary throughout the year and because of the distance from central Stockholm, we recommend preparing your itinerary well in advance of your departure.
What time is it open?
In general, Chönningholm Palace is open on weekends from November to March (approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and then daily in the adjacent months of April and October. From May to September, it is open every day, with longer hours from 10am to 5pm. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Christmas/New Year period.
Other areas here are only open at regular times of the year (for example, the Chinese Pavilion is open daily from May to September, from 11am to 5pm).
The palace or parts of it may be closed occasionally during the year for royal receptions, so check the website before you go at