The Chinese Pavilion. Photo: The Royal Court/Alexis Daflos.

The Chinese Pavilion

The Chinese Pavilion is a remarkable treasure in the majestic grounds of Drottningholm.

King Adolf Fredrik surprised Queen Lovisa Ulrika on her birthday in 1753 with a small Chinese pleasure palace in the Drottningholm Palace park. It was a highly appreciated birthday present as chinoiserie was all the rage in Europe at the time.

The original wooden building was replaced in the 1760s by a more permanent one, which today contains one of the finest European rococo interiors with chinoiserie.
 
Visitors can view this exotic milieu between May and September.

The Chinese Pavilion, together with Drottningholm Palace and its grounds, is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.