Queen Kristina’s Pavilion

I first laid eyes on Drottning (Queen) Kristina’s pavilion in the early ‘80s and I have visited it at least a dozen times since then. It’s located just beyond Norrtull, Stockholm’s main northern entry, at Stallmästargården – the historic restaurant and former inn called “Stallis” by locals.

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Built in the late 1600’s, the design of this beautiful survivor is believed to be inspired by pavilions built by German landscape architects in central Stockholm in the 1620s.

Its lines are so clean and its proportions so compact that the structure seems much smaller than it is. It’s only as you approach it to peer through the windows that your realize its impressive scale measuring some 18 feet tall.

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Drottning Kristina’s pavilion was moved to Stallis in the 1740’s where it has served as the garden’s crown jewel ever since.

As legend has it, Queen Kristina saw the pavilion frequently and sometimes visited it on her trips between the royal residence in Stockholm’s Old Town, Gamla Stan, and the royal retreat in Ulriksdal, called Jakobsdal in those days.

She is even said to have planted the Linden trees outside the pavilion. (There were originally four Linden trees but the two nearest the water were cut down to improve the view.)

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In those days the trip to Ulriksdal was long and slow with horse-drawn carriages on bumpy unpaved roads. Stallis’ idyllic setting and fine hospitality was a welcome respite for well-healed, weary travelers.

Today the roads in the Norrtull area seem to be under never-ending reconstruction, but Stallmästargården is still a wonderful place to visit with its fine restaurant and scenic park walkways that transport you back through time.

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Visit Drottning Kristina’s pavilion easily from central Stockholm by taxi or bus and spend some time with this beautiful piece of history. Learn more about Stallmästargården here – a great place for an exquisite lunch or dinner.

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