Highlight: The Hercules fountain in the Baroque Garden

The Hercules fountain is located at the centre of the Baroque Garden, with its bronze figures by the leading sculptor of the Baroque period, the Dutchman Adriaen de Vries (1556-1626) who was Court Sculptor for Rudolf II.

The oldest part of the gardens came into being in the late 17th century, at the initiative of Queen Hedvig Eleonora, under the direction of the architects Tessin, father and son. This part is called the Baroque Garden, and it is situated next to the Palace, bordered by four rows of lime trees. The architects took their inspiration and ideas from the newly planted palace gardens of France, where the ideal was strict, ordered and symmetrical.

The Hercules fountain is located at the centre of the Baroque Garden, with its bronze figures by the leading sculptor of the Baroque period, the Dutchman Adriaen de Vries (1556-1626) who was Court Sculptor for Rudolf II.

At the end of Sweden’s period as a great power, there were no fewer than 32 bronze sculptures in Drottningholm Palace Park, most of which were by de Vries. In a country such as 17th century Sweden that had so few sculptures, this large number of high quality bronze sculptures was a great attraction. The fact that the majority of de Vries’ sculptures ended up in Sweden is due to the nation’s military successes during the 17th century.

With only a few exceptions, these sculptures remained in place until the present day. When it was noted that the outdoor climate had caused extensive damage to the originals, they were replaced with modern copies in cast bronze. The originals were moved to the Dragoon Stables at Drottningholm.

Drottningholm Palace Park is part of the World Heritage Site Drottningholm, and is open every day of the year for self-guided visits.

Photo: Alexis Daflos/The Royal Court

See the world's largest collection of Adriaen de Vries sculptures. The sculptures in the park is replaced by modern bronze casts and the originals i safe kept at the Museum de Vries. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/The Royal Court

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  • Is it possible to take wedding photos inside the royal palaces?

    Wedding photography is not permitted in the rooms of the royal palaces.

    In the case of wedding ceremonies in Drottningholm Royal Chapel, Rosersberg Palace Chapel, Strömsholm Palace Chapel and Ulriksdal Palace Chapel, it is fine to take photographs in the chapel, but not in the rooms of the palaces.

  • Is it possible to take wedding photos in the palace parks?

    It is permitted to take wedding photos for private use in our palace parks. Please respect the following: it is not permitted to set up bulky photography equipment and/or props, to cordon off or drive vehicles onto our park areas or in any other way disturb other park visitors.
    Please note the special stipulations for photography in our Image and Media Gallery.

  • Can I pre-book a ticket for the general palace tours?

    Tickets can be purchased on the same day at any of our ticket offices; no advance purchase available.

  • Are there any storage lockers at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: There are a few storage lockers available at Tickets & Information and in the Tre Kronor Museum. However, we would recommend not bringing any large bags with you. The other royal palaces and visitor attractions: No storage lockers available.

  • Can I take my bag into the royal palaces?

    Small bags are permitted at our visitor attractions. Rucksacks should be carried in your hand or on your front. Do not leave any bags unattended. Bags and cases with wheels are not permitted.

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