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Kulturarvsturism innan massturismen: Besökare på kungliga slott ca. 1750-1870
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History.
2017 (Swedish)In: RIG: Kulturhistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0035-5267, E-ISSN 2002-3863, Vol. 100, no 3, 150-162 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Heritage tourism before the age of mass tourism – visitors to Swedish Royal Palaces c. 1750-1870

The early 19th century saw an increasing number of visitors to the royal palaces of Sweden. Much like the situation in Great Britain or the German states, people from the lower middle strata of society and upwards went on short weekend holidays to enjoy the countryside and each other’s company – and to visit a royal palace. The aim of the visits seems to have been to experience history and to some degree art. The royal connection of the palaces seems to have been secondary though, although the court and monarchy tried to inscribe themselves as part of the historical heritage as a way of using the interest in the palaces to their favor.

The court met the public interest by opening up the palaces to what seems like a higher degree than earlier, and by having guidebooks that describes the palaces and their surroundings written and sold on site. To make the visits possible an infrastructure of for example inns were visitors could eat and lodge, and palace custodians that could show visitors around in the palaces was established, some on the initiative of the court, some of private origin. Around 1820 steam boat lines started their traffic in the area around Stockholm, and after a few years most of the royal palaces were connected to the capital on a regular basis. This did of course make palace visits even cheaper and obtainable even for the lower classes.

This early form of tourism, short recreational travel to what can be called heritage sites, forms a background and gives the preconditions to the late 19th century tourism to dramatic mountain- and coastal areas. The goal in both cases were, in some ways, to get to know the nation – either its history or its geography.

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Uppsala, 2017. Vol. 100, no 3, 150-162 p.
Keyword [en]
tourism, tourism history, heritage tourism, leisure travel, royal palaces
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Art History History of Ideas Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-330225OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-330225DiVA: diva2:1145113
Available from: 2017-09-28 Created: 2017-09-28 Last updated: 2017-09-28

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