Ulriksdal Palace, magnificently situated on the shores of Edsviken, was built 1639–45 for General Jacob De la Gardie. The architect was Hans Jacob Kristler, and the palace was originally called Jacobsdal after its first owner.
The Queen’s favourite
Jacobsdal quickly became a popular destination for royalty and members of the nobility. Queen Kristina was a frequent guest. The Queen and De la Gardie shared an interest in theatre, with the result that they had a pleasure garden built in front of the palace, providing a setting for royal drama performances. Queen Kristina was so fond of the palace that she chose it as the starting point of her coronation procession in 1650.
Jacobsdal becomes Ulriksdal
Later in the 17th century, the palace and gardens were improved and extended. In 1669 they became the property of Queen Hedvig Eleonora. It was during her time that the palace was renamed Ulriksdal.
Orangery with sculptures and exotic plants
In 1705 an orangery was built next to the palace, providing winter storage for the exotic plants from the grounds, which included lemon, orange, Seville orange and fig trees. Today, a number of classical sculptures from various periods are beautifully arranged among exotic plants. The orangery has been a sculpture museum since 1988.
Encounters with different eras
A walk around Ulriksdal Palace provides a fascinating insight into interior decoration from the 17th to the 20th century. Visitors can see rooms with 19th-century baroque pastiche interiors next to rooms with rather more functional furnishings from the 1920s. The highlights include the living room designed by Carl Malmsten in the 1920s for Crown Prince Gustaf (VI) Adolf and his wife, Crown Princess Louise.
Several of the rooms on show were created for King Karl XV by Fredrik Wilhelm Scholander.
Beautiful walks in the grounds
Ulriksdal Palace is beautifully situated on Edsviken bay in Solna, just north of Stockholm. The palace grounds and surrounding area offer some beautiful walks. The superb nature and culture trail is not to be missed. The well-tended park with its sculptures and fountains is the perfect setting for a picnic on the lawn.
Information for visitors
See The Royal court web site.