Tour description, Rosendal Palace

The Red Drawing Room, Rosendal Palace. Photo: The Royal Court/Alexis Daflos.

The Napoleon era in Europe was characterized by great change – change that also had an impact in Sweden.

The country received a new king, a former French soldier called Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte. Karl XIV Johan was the name he adopted when he became the  monarch of Sweden.

In the early 19th century he acquired the old Rosendal estate which was destroyed by fire a few years later. A new Rosendal was planned and work started soon after.

The architect commissioned for the job was Fredrik Blom and the building was constructed in Empire style, the prevalent style of the times.

A guided tour of Rosendal takes approximately 45 minutes and visits a number of salons in strong, shifting colours. The interior is a well preserved example of the prevalent interior design at that time.
The palace contains a renovated dining area, where the room is designed to imitate the interior of a tent. Inspiration for such interiors came from France during the Napoleon era. The palace also contains the Lantern room, which is in the centre of the palace and one of the most ornate. Both the furniture and walls in this room are gilded.

Each room contains unique pieces of art from that time, including gilt bronze candlesticks, fanciful curtain arrangements and mahogany furniture. A visit to the palace is extremely educational for those who wish to learn more about interior design in the early 19th century.

The tour information provided above is general. The more detailed content of the tour will vary depending on the focus of the tour guide on duty.