Entrance in western courtyard.
The Royal Apartments occupy two floors of the palace and are entered by a grand staircase in the western wing. Since it's the stories behind the rooms and decorations that make the palace especially interesting - such as Gustav III's invitation to aristocrats to watch him wake up in the morning - taking a guided tour is highly recommended. Banquets are held several times a year in Karl XI's Gallery in the State Apartments on the second floor. Heads of state stay in the Guest Apartments during their visits to the capital, and for this reason parts or all of the palace may be occasionally closed. Downstairs in the Bernadotte Apartments, portraits of the current dynasty's ancestors hang in the Bernadotte Gallery. Medals and orders of various kinds are awarded in the Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry, and paintings of coats of arms decorate its walls. Until 1975, the monarch opened parliament each year in the impressive Hall of State, and directly across from this lies the Royal Chapel with pew ends made in the 1690s for the Tre Kronor castle. Services are held every Sunday and all are welcome to attend.
Museet Tre Kronor
Entrance on Lejonbacken.
A boardwalk built through the palace cellars, along with several models, enables visitors to see how war, fire and wealth have shaped the palace seen today. An old well from the former courtyard, a 13th-century defensive wall and the arched brick ceilings are evidence of how the palace was built up around the fortress that was once there. Panels describe life within the castle, archaeological discoveries and building techniques.
Gustav III's Antikmuseum
Entrance on Lejonbacken.
This museum of Roman statues and busts, in two halls in the north-east wing of the palace, has been laid out to look exactly as it did in the 1790s when King Gustav III returned from Italy with the collection, which includes Apollo and His Nine Muses and the sleeping Endymion. The repairs and additions made to the statues at the time have been left intact, as well as the odd combinations of pieces, such as table legs on fountains. Nothing is labelled, in accordance with the period, so you should try and take the 20-minute tour (conducted in English) or borrow a pamphlet if you want to make the most of your visit.
Entrance on Slottsbacken.
The regalia of past Swedish royal families sparkles behind glass, with orbs, sceptres and crowns in adults' and children's sizes. The crowns are still in use for the monarch's inauguration and were present at the wedding of Carl Gustav and Silvia. The museum also contains Gustav Vasa's etched sword of state from 1541, the coronation cloak of Oscar II and the ornate silver baptismal font of Karl XI.