Tour description Ulriksdal Palace

Interior at Ulriksdal Palace. Photo: The Royal Court/Alexis Daflos.
Ulriksdal Palace is situated just north of Stockholm and was built at the beginning of the 17th century by one of the most powerful men of that time - Jacob De La Gardie. 

Jacob's son, Magnus Gabriel DeLa Gardie, who inherited the palace was also an influential person.

One of his closest friends was Queen Kristina and probably one of the reasons that her elaborate coronation train departed from Ulriksdal in 1650.

The tour of the palace takes approximately 45 minutes and starts in the large entry hall facing the courtyard. First visitors are told about the early history of the palace, after which the tour moves into the palace´s interior rooms.

Many of the  rooms bare witness to the 19th century´s fascination with the history of the 15th and 16th centuries. One of the most ardent collectors of historical furniture was Karl XV. He commissioned the architect F. W. Scholander to create Ulriksdal's fanciful Hall of Knights to house his collections.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Ulriksdal became the residence of Crown Prince Gustav VI and his second wife Queen Louise. The palace was adapted to suit its new residents. The interior of the large living room is one of the interiors that has been preserved from this time. The former knights' hall was turned into a living room in classical 1920s style by the architect Carl Malmsten, and still today is characterized by a timeless beauty.

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.