The green island of Djurgården, close to central Stockholm, is beloved by both Stockholmers and tourists. Djurgården is a calm oasis which has been royal land since the fifteenth century.
There are fine areas to stroll, for example around the Djurgårdsbrunn canal and Blockhusudden. Djurgården is also home to several of city’s top museums and attractions, as well as enjoyable cafés and restaurants.
It is easy to reach Djurgården on foot, by the Djurgården ferry boat from Gamla Stan/Slussen, by tram from Norrmalmstorg or by bus.
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On the beaten track
Djurgården is the home of 3 of Swedens top 10 most visited tourist attractions. Even though this blog is supposed to mainly cover attractions "Off" the beaten track, the fact that these attractions are so closely located to some more "Off" sites at Djurgården, they are mentioned anyway. There is also some advice to be given on how to get the most out of a visit to these hugely popular places. At Gröna Lund for example, during the summer season, there are often popular musicians and bands playing at the main scene. Compared to the cost of seeing them at a concert, the cost of the entry fee ticket is very nicely priced.
1. The Vasa MuseumThe Vasa is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world, and a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures.
The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628, and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961. For nearly half a century the ship has been slowly, deliberately and painstakingly restored to a state approaching its original glory. The three masts on the roof outside the specially built museum show the height of the ship's original masts.
Today the Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia, with over one million visitors a year. There are nine different exhibitions around the ship to tell about life on board the ship. The film about the Vasa is shown in 16 different languages. In addition there is a well-stocked shop and a pleasant restaurant. Tours of the museum take place every day.
Skansen consists of the oldest open-air museum in the world and the Stockholm zoo, with a beautiful location on Royal Djurgården and a view over all of Stockholm.
Skansen is a favorite both among Stockholmers and visitors passing through, and it’s a perfect family outing. At Skansen you can learn about traditional crafts and traditions. This is the place to visit historic Sweden in miniature. 150 farms and dwellings from different parts of the country were disassembled and transported here. You’ll find charming town districts with glass blowing, pottery, a tinsmith’s workshop and a bakery, a gold-colored manor house, the Skogaholm manor house, the beautiful eighteenth-century Seglora wooden church and the The museum shop is a must for fans of traditional handicrafts. You can also see all of the animals native to Scandinavia such as moose, bears, lynxes, wolves, wolverines and seals. There is also a terrarium, a monkey house and a children’s zoo.
Swedish traditions such as Midsummer, Walpurgis Night and Lucia are celebrated at Skansen. Skansen in the Christmas season is a special event, with a Christmas market, traditional Swedish julbord (Christmas buffet) and hopefully snow. Those who want to enjoy a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord can have their wish at the Solliden restaurant. Skansen has several restaurants and charming cafés.
3 Gröna Lund
Off the beaten trackOnce you leave the western area of Djurgården where most of the restaurants as well as Vasamuseet, Skansen and Gröna Lund are located, both people and buildings become more scarce. Here you will start to see the true beauty of the island. The scenary along the southern path of Djurgården is shown in the Photos below which basically covers number 4 to 8.
5. TalvoresholmenThe whole stretch from Skansen towards blockhusudden and continuing back to the city is well worth the time. Bring some picnic and enjoy the best view of the intake to the Stockholm harbour. Here you can see international cruise ships as well as daycruisers pass by at any given time of day.
6,7,8 BlockhusuddenThe eastern tip of Djurgården is also the final stop for bus 69. If you walked all the way here maybe you prefer taking the bus back. During summer time you can enjoy a coffee and pancakes at the café. In this area you also have some areas (6,7,8) where you can bring your own picnic and have a nic time at sites with tables and benches or just find a cliff or a dock where it is possible to enjoy the nice view.
The Royal House Guide to Djurgården
Visit Stockholm Guide to Djurgården