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As part of my trip to Stockholm Sweden with my 8 year old son, we took a morning to visit Drottningholm Palace.  Drottningholm Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and since I track those (of course!), it seemed like a perfect thing to do with our time in Stockholm.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at Drottningholm Palace, and whether Drottningholm Palace with kids would be a good idea.

a boat on the dock

How to get to Drottningholm Palace

We used our Stockholm Pass for the ferry ride to Drottningholm as well as entrance into the Drottningholm Palace.  A ferry ticket as well as entrance to the palace itself and the Chinese Theater.  If you don’t have the Stockholm Pass, then the ferry is about SEK215 and an entrance ticket is another SEK100 if you buy it through the Stromma ferry company or SEK135 onsite (students are half price and children under 7 are free with a paying adult)

a large building with trees and a body of water with Drottningholm Palace in the background

Is visiting Drottningholm Palace with kids a good idea?

I don’t know about you, but I know very few 8 year old kids whose idea of a fun time is to look at artifacts from hundreds of years ago while not being able to touch anything and having to be quiet the whole time…. So I was wondering if Drottningholm Palace with kids would be a good idea or not.  I decided to go for it and see if Drottningholm Palace with kids would work out.  We took the 10:00 ferry from the City Hall station, which is the first ferry of the day.  The ferry ride to Drottningholm Palace makes a few stops along the way and gets to the palace about an hour later.  There are return ferries on the hour throughout the rest of the day, so you can stay as long (or as little) as you like.  We did a tour of the palace and a quick tour of the grounds and caught the 12pm ferry back, though you could certainly stay longer!

a large garden with a walkway and a fountain

Here’s a video I took from outside on the grounds at the Drottningholm Palace Gardens

Drottningholm Palace with kids – scavenger hunt!

By far the #1 factor in making Drottningholm Palace with kids an enjoyable experience was that when we bought our tickets, the guide gave us a kids’ scavenger hunt to do.  10 items to find throughout the palace

a book with pictures of furniture

This was a lifesaver – my son not only went through the entire palace without complaining – he toured it a SECOND time because he was still missing 3 items :-).  We found all 10, and I’ll say that the owl was the hardest one.  Even once we got a hint from the guide as to what room it was in, it still took us awhile.  Here’s a spoiler picture.

The prize at the end was a chocolate coin which was my son’s highlight of the day

Have you visited Drottningholm Palace with kids? How was your trip?  Let us know in the comments

Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm Sweden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the gardens and Chinese Theaters are a must see. But is it worth it to travel there with kids?

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