Djurgården (or Kungliga Djurgården) is an island in central Stockholm. In the past it was the Game Park for the royal family, but nowadays there are amusement parks, museums, art galleries and natural beauty. Here we guide you through the top things to do and see in Djurgården.
Gröna Lund is a great place to spend an exciting day. Although it is quite small compared to other amusement parks, the rides and other facilities are impressive. ‘Insane’ is a vertical spinning roller coaster that matches its name. The seats rotate freely on their own axis, so each individual ride is unique and depends on the rider’s motion. ‘Pop-Expressen’ is another exciting flat ride which spins extremely fast to disco music.
The ABBA Museum
If you want to know more about Swedish music you must visit the ABBA Museum. ABBA were a Swedish pop band from the 1970s, comprised of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They are the second most commercially successful act in the history of pop music, after The Beatles. After they won the Eurovision Song Contest, they were the first European act to become a regular feature on pop charts in England, America and Australia. You will find out more about their successful history in the museum, and you can buy a wide range of souvenirs.
Situated near the Royal Djurgården Park is the Rosendals Trädgård. Here you will experience the beauty of nature and discover how different cultures affect gardening through history. This garden is also practising bio-dynamic agriculture and pedagogical education. Rosendals Trädgård has a fruit garden and a rose garden. In the rose garden, there are more than 100 species of roses, the sea of roses, that is perfect for a romantic stroll.
Skansen is the first open air museum and zoo in Sweden, and showcases five centuries of Swedish history. The 150 farmsteads and dwellings here show the how traditional Swedish villages looked in the past. Only Vastveit Storehouse is a non-Swedish building, and it is an example of 14th century Norwegian architecture. Inside the zoo there are 75 different species of Scandinavian animals. Some animals, such as geese and horses, can move around the zoo. This enables you to observe the beauty of wild Nordic animals closely. There are also some festivals celebrated at Skansen in a traditional way, like Midsummer, Nation Day and Christmas.
The Vasa Museum
The Vasa Museum is a museum of maritime history, displaying an intact 17th century warship that has been salvaged. This museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia. A Vasa ship was a widely recognized symbol of prosperity and power. Inside the museum, you can see a replica of a Vasa warship and the collections of belongings and decorations from inside the ship. Moreover, you can understand more about the ways of preserving historical relics. There are details and information about the procedures and technologies used to reconstruct the ship.
If you are a bird lover, Isbladskärret isa great place for you to visit. Isbladskärret literally means ‘Ice Sheet Bay’, but there is actually no ice on the bay. It is a small lake in the centre of Stockholm. In this tiny lake, there are a huge number of bird species, which include mute swan, gadwall, geese, peewit, thrush nightingale and other rare species. It is worth noting that in this lake area there are more than 100 owls which escaped from the zoo at Skansen and now live in the forest.
The Nordic Museum
The Nordic Museum showcases Swedish livelihood, work and traditions from the 1520s to the present day. It is the largest museum of cultural history in the region. There are many exhibitions illustrating the Swedish lifestyle in the past. The most interesting exhibit contains table settings from the Middle Ages to 1950, from which you can observe the change of Swedish design and food. There are eight more exhibitions that allow you learn more about the ethnography and cultural history of Sweden.
Junibacken is a children’s museum and is one of Stockholm’s most visited tourist attractions. There are many memorable childish toys and cartoon characters, and you are brought into the world of fantasy in the Storybook Square. There is a living exhibition that allows you play with and climb on anything you can see. There are two more exhibition places for children to play. It still contains the largest children’s bookstore in Sweden, where parents can buy educational books for their children.
Royal Djurgården Park
Royal Djurgården Park © Billy Lok Ming Poon
If you feel tired after you have visited the many scenic spots in Stockholm, you could visit the Royal Djurgården Park, which was the Royal Game Park in the 18th and 19th centuries. Near the canal bridge, there is a Blå Porten, which was used as the boundary for the King’s private hunting park. It mixes parkland and forest with both the canal and the harbor. At sunset, the warm and soft sunlight shines through the garden, with trees slightly swinging in the breeze. It is a perfect place for photographs and picnics.
Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde
Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde was the former residence for Prince Eugen in the autumn of 1950, and is now one of the most popular art museums in Sweden. It displays Prince Eugen’s contemporary art collection. While the art pieces in his collections are mainly landscape and oil paintings, there are also pictures about daily lives in his time. The design of this complex is art nouveau.
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