Located a mere 45 minutes from Stockholm via ferry, the Royal Domain of Drottningholm provides an opportunity to visit one of the finest examples of 18th-century northern European architecture and garden design. The ensemble of palace, gardens, and accessory structures, including the Chinese Pavilion and theater, has been named Sweden's first World Heritage site by UNESCO.
The baroque-style garden, containing formal parterres, allées, and water features, is modeled after Versailles. An English-style romantic park, complete with a meandering water course and meadow, surrounds the formal garden, creating a landscape of more than 1,400 acres to explore. There is a cafe and shop here, too.
The palace remains the official home of the Swedish royal family.