The Royal Palace
The imposing Royal Palace towers over the narrow streets of Gamla Stan. No one will ever accuse it of being the world’s most beautiful palace, but it is one of the largest. The Royal Family no longer lives here from day to day – they moved out to Drottningholm in 1981 – but it remains the monarch’s official residence. You can visit the opulent royal apartments, the royal chapel or one of several museums housed in the building. Or just stop by to see the changing of the guards, which takes place every day at noon. In the Livrustkammaren (Royal Armoury) underneath the palace you can see the outfit King Gustav III was wearing when he was murdered at a masked ball in 1792, an event that inspired Verdi’s opera Un Ballo in Maschera.