Blasieholmen is a little peninsula in central Stockholm from which you have a wonderful view of The Royal Palace. It is therefore located only a few minutes from the Old Town (Gamla Stan) as well as Östermalm which you can read more about on our site. Blasieholmen itself surrounded with many interesting facts. As I have already mentioned, today it is a peninsula, but until the early 18th century it was an island completely separated from the mainland. According to some sources, there are only 11 permanent inhabitants on Blasieholmen but the number of people who work there is over 5000.
The history of Blasieholmen is very rich. The first mention of the island dates back to the late 14th century when it has been known as Käpplingen. Thanks to its long history and important location, there are many interesting places to discover. In this post, we will focus on five of the most impressive palaces you should definitely see.
The Fersen Palace (Fersenska Palatset), the stunning bright yellow palace with its high terrace is hard to miss. It is located on the corner of Kungsträdgården and essentially right in front of you if you cross the bridge leading from The Royal Palace to Blasieholmen. The palace was originally built as the Admiralty building in 1634. During the centuries, it served as the residence of some of the most important and influential families in the history of Sweden and is currently used as the headquarters of Handelsbanken. (Read the whole story of the Fersen Palace in our dedicated post.)
Not far from the Fersen Palace is located the next one on our list. The Bolinder Palace (Bolinderska Palatset) was built in the second half of the 19th century as a luxurious apartment building. The palace was designed by the architect Helgo Zettervall who was initially responsible for the Parliament House in Stockholm, too, before he resigned. However, it has been a part of the adjacent Grand Hôtel since 1889.
The Burman Palace (Burmanska Palatset) proves that the number of important historic places on the little peninsula is impressive. In fact, this palace is adjacent to the previous one and was originally built, in 1911, to serve the same purpose. After being used as office space for some time, today, just like the Bolinder Palace, it is a part of the Grand Hôtel.
The Bååth Palace (Bååtska Palatset) is a less known and less visible palace as it is the first one on my list that does not reside directly on the coast of Blasieholmen facing The Royal Palace. It is instead located on Blasieholmsgatan passing by the middle of the peninsula. It is significantly older than the previous two, though, as it was constructed between 1662 and 1669 for the treasurer Seved Bååth who received the site on which the palace stands as a gift from Queen Christina. The palace has been owned by the Swedish Order of Freemason since 1874.
The last palace on our list, the Douglas Palace (Douglaska Palatset) was designed by the same architect as the Bååth Palace, Nicodemus Tessin the Older. Parts of the facade of the Douglas Palace were, however, modified during the 19th century. The unusual division of the house into five floors, two of which are of a different height than the others, was preserved, though.
I believe that you will not regret your visit to Blasieholmen, especially if you are a fan of historical architecture. The Blasieholmen peninsula is also a great starting point for visiting other interesting areas in central Stockholm. So, if you still have some time and energy left after seeing the five palaces, I recommend you to choose one of the nearby areas such as Skeppsholmen, Kastellholmen or Helgeandsholmen and keep exploring the historic beauties of the Swedish capital.
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