On Tuesday (July 3rd 2018) I visited Ulriksdals Palace with Park. It has been on my agenda for quite some time to visit there. I even managed to come half-way some time ago but had to give it up because of how the buses went. Or rather not went. This time I managed to get there. Despite the louse time-table for the buses and missing the bus I had intended to take because of a delay of the commuter train. I arrived at the gates of the Palace Avenue and there could pick up a map of the entire park and surroundings. A perfect day for a walk in the park as it was warm but not hot and it was overcast. It is hard to take pictured when the sun is shining so I prefer overcast weather when doing visits like this.
My original intention was to go to the gardens and plant-shop, but as I arrived at the other end of the area I decided a walk in the park was a good idea. Ulriksdal is managed by the National Property Board in cooperation with the Royal Court.
The park is huge, very well-kept, beautiful and interesting.
After entering the gates to the park and palace (free entrance) you pass a bridge over a small stream guarded by two statuses called “Blackmoors pulling net”. I went closer to it later during my walk.
At various spots on the bridge there were potted stemmed fuchsia. Didn’t know thy could gt that old and have wooded stems.
Standing on the bridge looking out onto the water, the ducks thought they would get fed and hurriedly came in my direction. I didn’t have anything to give them though.
There are plenty of signs all around the park describing what you look at. The signs are both in Swedish and English.
I went close to the wooden bridge with the blackmoors pulling net statues., one at each end of the wooden bridge. One has lost part of one arm, but they both look uncannily realistic.
Even the striped clothing is part of the statues.
The palace park has intricate hedges and very straight avenues bordered by large trees.
Inside some of the hedges formations there are flowerbeds with various flowers.
The flowerbeds are bordered by low hedges and the pattern of flowerbeds themselves are surrounded by high hedges. These ones are called Hårleman’s bosquet.
The palace explained on a large sign in Swedish and English.
This cute sculpture is placed just outside the palace and was a gift to the king from WWF on his 50-ths birthday (if I remember correctly).
And this is the palace itself from where you enter it. There are guided tours of the inside, but I choose not to make a guided tour.
The back of the palace is turned towards the sea.
The front of the palace is turned towards the park and huge meadows.
Behind and to the side of the palace there are large hedges with openings to walking paths along the shore. I have always been intrigued by hedges with openings in them… to where do the opening lead…
Here and there in the park there are large pots with flowers. Above Garden Cosmos (rosenskära in Swedish) surrounded by some plant I don’t know the name of.
The avenues of the park have large, old trees bordering the allée. The trees are tilia cordata. When I visited they were all in bloom.
In the park in front of Ulriksdal Palace there is a water-pool with cascading water and by its end stands two sculptures of wild boars.
In between the wild boar sculptures is a pelargonia-staircase with various pelargonias.
I wonder how many visitors who are pelargonia-lovers that take cuttings from these pots…
And the avenues continued further on in the park.
The trees in the park are old. Some have fallen. The above one recently. There has been some quite hard winds recently.
At the end of the avenues the park takes on another look and feel. Here is for instance the Turkish Pavilion, just at the edge to the English Park which is not as rigid in design as the rest of the park with its straight avenues.
I went further into the English Park where the grass was knee-high between the trees.
I then went on to the plantshop in in Ulriksdal Palace garden.
A very well-sorted plantshop with lots of plants of all kinds. I wasn’t there to buy, but only to look. Didn’t really want to have something to carry on my way home.
I visited both the gardens and the green-houses as well as the area wherewith “self-picking” of vegetables and flowers where you picj what you want yourself and pay for it when you leave. Below a galelry from that area. All very neat and well-orderd. A pleasure to visit.
There are more there to see and visit. I didn’t visit the coffeeshop or the Orangery Museum or the inside of the Palace. Maybe another time… The problem is to get there with public transportation as the time-tables are so bad and it is so far in between the buses. I was lucky though to both get there and home again this time.