Ulriksdal Palace

The Palace

A tour of Ulriksdal Palace gives the visitor an exciting view of interior design spanning from the 1600s to the 1900s. On view are rooms decorated in 1800s Romantic style to the more fastidious interiors of the 1900s.

One of the highlights of the palace is the living room that was decorated by Carl Malmsten in the 1920s for the then Crown Prince Gustaf VI Adolf and the Crown Princess Louise.

Several of the rooms on show were created for Karl XV by Fredrik W. Sholander.

Ulriksdal in Solna was built in about 1640 for one of the most powerful men in the country, the Constable of the Realm Jacob De la Gardie, and it was originally called Jacobsdal, "Jacob's Dale", after him.

Originally the building was in the Renaissance style, but its exterior has been transformed several times, and the present appearance of the building dates from the first half of the 18th century.

Starting point for a magnificent coronation

De la Gardie's Jacobsdal was the starting point for Queen Christina's magnificent coronation procession in 1650. The coronation coach used by her on that occasion is now on display at Ulriksdal.

In 1669 the Queen Dowager Hedvig Eleonora purchased the Palace. She made a present of it in 1684 to her newborn grandson, Prince Ulrik, and the Palace was then renamed Ulriksdal.

The little prince died only a year later. His grandmother resumed the Palace, but it kept its new name.

18th century

In the mid-18th century, when King Adolf Fredrik and Queen Lovisa Ulrika used the Palace, a court theatre was fitted out in the old riding school.

Today the Confidence, as it came to be called, is a popular theatre during the summer season.

In 1821 the old Palace building was turned into an invalid hospital. Twenty-five years later, Ulriksdal became a royal residence again, when Crown Prince Karl (XV) and Crown Princess Lovisa repaired it and had many of the interiors redecorated.

Keen collectors

They were keen collectors of furniture and decorative arts from the Renaissance, among other periods, and Ulriksdal eventually became a museum home.

Some of the museum furnishings are still to be seen in the Palace today. In 1864-65 Karl and Lovisa also had a chapel built, to designs by the architect F. W. Scholander.

The living room

Ulriksdal is closely associated with King Gustaf VI Adolf and Queen Louise. The famous 1923 living room dates from their time.

The furnishings were a wedding present from the people of Stockholm, and Carl Malmsten designed the furniture. This living room is one of the finest 20th century interiors in Sweden.

The south wing of the Palace houses the offices of the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF.

For some years now, the Orangery, a late 17th century building, has been a museum of Swedish sculpture.

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Copperplate engraving of Ulriksdal Palace by the draftsman Erik Dahlbergh, from the folio Suecia antiqua et hodierna. Photo: The Royal Library

The Oxenstierna Room is also known as the Tidö Room after its doors dating from the 1630s, which were donated to King Karl XV by the owner of Tidö Castle. Photo: Kate Gabor/Royalpalaces.se

The Confidencen palace theatre. The rooms were equipped with a table à confidence, a table that could be lowered into the basement allowing guests to hold conversations in confidence without being heard by outsiders. Photo: Kate Gabor/Royalpalaces.se

Ulriksdal in 1950. King Gustaf VI Adolf with Crown Prince Carl Gustaf on their way to the Orangery. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

The living room. King Gustaf VI Adolf and Queen Louise's 1923 living room has been preserved with Carl Malmsten's décor. Photo: Kate Gabor/Royalpalaces.se

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A guided tour takes approximately 45 minutes. The guided tour is included in the entrance fee.

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Advance bookings are recommended for larger groups. Ulriksdal Palace or the Orangery Museum can be booked June–August.

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FAQ

  • 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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