Rosendal Palace

Stockholm, Sweden

Rosendal Palace (Rosendals slott) is a Swedish royal pavilion located at the Djurgården, an island in central Stockholm. It was built between 1823 and 1827 for King Karl XIV Johan, the first Bernadotte King of Sweden. It was intended as an escape from the formalities of court life at the Royal Palace.

Rosendal Palace was largely designed by Fredrik Blom, one of the leading architects of the time, who received a royal commission to draw and build the palace building after the original buildings burned down. Fredrik August Lidströmer, Stockholm's City Architect from 1818 to 1824, had been King Karl XIV Johan's primary architect at the construction of the original Rosendal Palace. After it burned down in 1819, Lidströmer also created the initial drawings for the replacement palace. These were then adapted and redrawn by Fredrik Blom, who had been an assistant to Jonas Lidströmer, father of Fredrik August Lidströmer. The Queen's Pavilion at Rosendal Palace and Guard's Cottage remained entirely the work of Fredrik August Lidströmer.

The creation of the Rosendal Palace in the 1820s marked the beginning of the development of Djurgården into a stately residential area. When King Oskar II died in 1907, his heirs decided to make Rosendal Palace a museum of the Karl Johan period and of the life of Karl XIV Johan. This makes Rosendal Palace a unique documentation of the European Empire style, in Sweden also known as the Karl Johan style. The Karl Johan style remained popular in Scandinavia even as the Empire style disappeared in other parts of Europe.

The palace stands today largely as it did in Karl XIV Johan's lifetime. During the summer months the palace is open to visitors for guided tours.



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Founded: 1823-1827
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Sweden
Historical period: Union with Norway and Modernization (Sweden)


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Erwin Verwerft (12 months ago)
Had a great guided tour. Very good guide with a lot of humor and tons of knowledge and experience. Learned a lot about the palace. Thanks.
Bhavishya Goel (13 months ago)
This is a cute little palace in the middle of beautiful garden. We basically just wandered in while walking around Kungliga djurgården not expecting much. The guided tour was about to start so we decided to join in. Me and my wife were the only people there for english tour, so we got a private guided tour. We learned a lot about Swedish royal history and some very interesting tidbits about the monarchy. The palace itself is beautiful and since it's not at all crowded, it was a refreshing experience compared to bigger grander palaces.
Gunnar Larsson (2 years ago)
Very nice small summer castle
Krista Shofstall (2 years ago)
Very informative. An excellent example of 1800 country getaway design. The guides are very informative. This is a place I just stumbled upon but I think this slott is a must see in Stockholm for those interested in Swedish history or architecture.
Campbell C (2 years ago)
Great experience taking a tour here. Daniel was a great tour guide. Really interesting to see the incorporation of Nordic and Empire style aspects. The area around the palace is also beautiful.
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