Tullgarn Palace

Vagnharad, Sweden | C.1727

Photo Credit: Erika Sahlqvist

The royal summer palace of Tullgarn stands in the province of Sodermanland, south of Stockholm, Sweden, and dates back to the early 1700s.

Popular among Swedish royalty, the palace’s interior has been decorated by a number of different nobles over generations, resulting in a clash of epochs and personal styles.  The breakfast room exhibits a southern German Renaissance style from the 1890s, while Gustav V’s lavishly-decorated cigar room has remained largely untouched since its construction.

The property was acquired by the crown and became a royal residence in 1772. Frederick Adolf introduced a Neo-Classical style that modernized the structure and added another story to the wings. The interiors commissioned by Adolf are some of the finest examples of Gustavian style in Sweden.

After his death, the Palace was granted to Adolf’s sister, Princess Sophia Albertina, who spent every summer here until her death in 1829. The property was then granted to the heir to the throne: Oscar I.

King Gustaf V (then Crown Prince) would take over Tullgarn in 1881, and together with his Queen Viktoria, implemented extensive changes. The main building was decorated as a more functional, modern summer home that contrasted the classical style imposed by past rulers.

Much of the present interior dates from the time of King Gustav V and Queen Viktoria, including the vestibule, whose walls are donned in hand-painted Dutch tiles.

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