Gripsholm Castle is Sweden's one of the most finest historical monument which was built by King Gustav Vasa in 1537 and later extended by Gustav III. Its not very much located in Stockholm, infact it is approximately 70 Kms away from the city. The best part of this castle is that, it is not in the middle of the crowded city, and you get to explore the actual countryside Sweden. Here are few easy steps to follow in order to reach Gripsholm Castle: 1. Catch a 10:35 AM train from Stockholm Central, reach Laggesta Station at 11:20 AM 2. catch a bus going to Mariefred Village at 11: 41 AM and 3. within next 15 minutes get down at the Mariefred Village Bus Station. You can easily see the Castle Top towards your right hand side. Start walking on the grass following the criss cross lane. Walk for 5 minutes, cross the railway track and here you are (Check out the first picture). You will find a magnificent Castle standing right in front of you.
Drottningholm Palace is the actual residence of the King, since the Royal Palace of Stockholm is only the official residence. I took the boat to the Palace from City Hall, where the boats are available every hour. In case you are planning, its better to check the timings before. I took the 3:30 PM boat, and reached to the palace at around 4:20 P.M. The closing time for the Palace was 4:30 PM, so I couldn't actually go inside the palace, but was lucky enough to roam around the very famous Drottningholm Palace Gardens. So basically, I missed two UNESCO world heritage site, which are Drottningholm Palace Theater and Chinese Pavilion. But overall, it was a great experience, the best part of my tour was the cruise ride till the palace.