Take a trip with beautiful ships from the turn of the last century through scenic Lake Mälaren to the World Heritage Site Drottningholm on Ekerö. Enjoy the beautiful, peaceful environment, and take the opportunity to visit the Chinese Pavilion, the Palace Theatre, and the beautiful Palace Park.
Take the boat to Drottningholm
The most beautiful way to get to Drottningholm is the waterway on Lake Mälaren. Join our boat trip to Drottningholm with the historic ships S/S Drottningholm or M/S Prins Carl Philip. It is an experience in itself.
Drottningholm – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Drottningholm is the best-preserved castle built in the 17th century and the decor has been influenced by several kings and queens. The Royal Family moved in 1981 and today the Royal Couple uses it as their permanent residence. Drottningholm Castle area, built after French models in the 17th and 18th centuries, was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991.
Things to do at Drottningholm
At Drottningholm, there is a lot to see and experience for the whole family. Pick out the parts that you find interesting – here are some of our top tips:
Discover the castle on your own or join a guided tour through the castle's halls. The guided tours are available in Swedish or English. For families, there are specially tailored tours that are entertaining for both children and adults. The family tours are perfect for children between 6 and 10 years old. Buy your entrance ticket to Drottningholm Palace online – available as an option when you book your boat ticket.
The Chinese Pavilion
In the far part of Drottningholm Palace Park is the Chinese Pavilion, the beautiful Chinese-style castle from 1753. Wander around the castle on your own or let the free audio guide tell you more about the history of the castle. Buy your entrance ticket to the Chinese Pavilion online – available as an option when you book your boat ticket.
Drottningholm Palace Theatre
Drottningholm Palace Theatre is the world's oldest theatre in carefully preserved original condition. Here you can see and enjoy world-class opera, exciting screenings, and activities for the whole family. During the screenings, you will learn more about the history of the theatre, but also about the features of the stage machinery and the secrets of theatre life. Buy your entrance ticket to Drottningholm Palace Theatre online – available as an option when you book your boat ticket.
Drottningholms Palace Park
Drottningholm Palace Park is open all year round so you can come here every month of the year and experience the park's different shapes. On a walk through the park, you will be moved between a formal garden planned in the late 17th century, a more relaxed English-style park started around a century later, and more intimate 1760s bosquets at the Chinese Pavilion.
Children’s Activities at Drottningholm
An excursion to Drottningholm is appreciated by both children and adults. At Drottningholm, there are always tours and activities adapted to children. Go on Lion Safari, or Fauna or Flora – picture hunts where you must find specific motifs in the castle. Perfect activities for children between 4 and 12 years old. A reward is promised!
The Royal Gift Shop
Want to bring a memory home with you? In the Royal Gift Shop, you will find a wide selection of books, interior items, and jewelry in all price ranges. There are also delicacies such as tea, coffee, and confectionery in beautiful packaging. Many of the products that you can buy in the gift shop are directly inspired by the Royal Collections.
Buy Entrance Tickets Online
Do you want to experience as much as possible during your excursion to Drottningholm? Then plan your visit and pre-purchase your entrance tickets online. Tickets for Drottningholm Palace, the Chinese Pavilion, and Drottningholm Palace Theatre are available for purchase as an option when you book your boat ticket below.
Keep in mind that you plan your day based on the opening hours and times of the different attractions – more information can be found on their websites.
Café & Restaurant onboard the boat
On all departures to Drottningholm, there is a café with simple dishes, sandwiches, coffee, snacks, and drinks to buy for those who want.
If you want to take the opportunity to have a good lunch on the way to or from Drottningholm, you can pre-book it on certain selected departures onboard M/S Prins Carl Philip. Here you can read more and book your lunch cruise to Drottningholm.
Unlimited travel with Drottningholm Season Ticket
The season ticket is for those who travel a lot to Drottningholm during the summer. Drottningholm season ticket gives you free access to an unlimited number of trips throughout the season.
When you buy the card, you will receive a digital confirmation that is your season pass. The card is personal and must be presented together with a valid ID. You are guaranteed a seat without pre-booking.
PLEASE NOTE - no buy-back applies! Purchased season tickets cannot be returned. We reserve the right to cancel departures and make changes to the timetable.