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  • Explore the rich collection of historical houses and palaces to be found in Sweden’s capital city and its hinterland

  • Wander the streets of Stockholm’s picturesque Old Town – the island nucleus of Gamla Stan

  • Visit grand country estates to view fine architecture and interiors, from the moated Gripsholm Castle to the Baroque palace of Drottningholm

“Excellent tour; Charles Hind is extremely knowledgeable”

- ACE customer on the 2023 Swedish Palaces & Castles tour with Charles Hind

The city of Stockholm, one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals thanks to its position at the western end of the Stockholm archipelago, is our base for this tour exploring some of the outstanding architecture to be found in Sweden.


Spanning the period from the 16th century, when under Gustav Vasa Sweden established its independence from Denmark and began to experiment with Renaissance classicism, through to the early 19th century, when the arrival of a new royal dynasty – the Bernadottes – helped to popularise the French Empire style, this tour features an array of important houses, palaces and castles.


The French Empire style is best seen at Rosendal Palace, whilst the Rococo phase can be admired at the royal palace of Drottningholm. Here, we will also view the enchanting Chinese Pavilion and the celebrated Court Theatre.


Further highlights of the tour will include Gustav Vasa’s great moated castle of Gripsholm; the massive quadrangular Skokloster, with its extraordinarily well-preserved 17th century interiors; and the exquisite neoclassical interiors in Sweden’s own Gustavian style at Tullgarn Palace.


Our tour also includes a number of private visits. Tureholm features remarkable Baroque and Rococo interiors, and Catherine the Great’s court architect Quarenghi designed Elghammar for a retired Swedish ambassador to St Petersburg. We will also spend time in the cathedral and university city of Uppsala, visiting the garden created by the great botanist Linnaeus. There will be a number of opportunities to sample delicious Swedish food, including a dinner cruise on Lake Mälaren.


We will stay at the four-star Victory Hotel, situated in picturesque Gamla Stan (Old Town), the original island nucleus from which the city of Stockholm grew.

This tour will be led by architectural historian Charles Hind, MA, FSA, who holds the positions of Chief Curator and H J Heinz Curator of Drawings at the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is a Trustee of the Georgian Group and Deputy Chairman of the Lutyens Trust.

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