If, during your visit in Stockholm, you would like to enjoy a relaxing stroll in nature you should explore the island of Djurgarden, which is also a beautiful natural park and attraction for millions of citizens and visitors every year.
In addition to stunning nature at Djurgarden, you can find most of the city’s museums such as the ABBA Museum, the Biological Museum, the Liljevalchs Art Gallery, the Nordic Museum and many others.
Let’s take a better look to this exciting destination!
Enjoy a natural area full of tourist attractions!
Djurgarden means “The Game Park” and since the 15th century it has been managed by the Royal Family. In fact, during the lasts decades of the 16th century, King John III ordered the area to serve as a game park that holds elk, deer and reindeer.
Throughout centuries the island grew in population and buildings and now hosts residential areas, palaces and even the Swedish Navy. Nowadays, the island belongs to the National City Park though is still managed by the Royal Court of Sweden.
The spot that you can see in the picture is the main entrance of Djurgarden if you walk from the city center. Waiting for you at the main entrance is the Nordic Museum, a huge and picturesque building with high towers and spires.
Experience a wonderful day in nature
Djurgarden is a favorite place of Stockholm citizens when it comes to a stroll on a sunny day or to just relax surrounded by wild nature. Enjoy one of the several dirt tracks leading through the forest, meadows or by typical wooden buildings. If you like to take photos of animals, you will also find plenty of beautiful spots waiting to be captured by your camera such as Isbladskarret Lake, a natural area well known for the presence of rare birds.
Start your tour and find several points of cultural interest
Djurgarden is not merely a natural area, in fact, you can find many of Stockholm’s museums here. Starting from one of its entryways you will find several paths and you can use road signs as your guide.
Djurgarden pleases people of every age and any interest, indeed, here you can admire a refined collection of artworks at the Liljevalchs Konsthall or make your children happy at the Junibacken Museum, which is a little museum inspired by the fairy tale world based on the novels of Astrid Lindgren.
Visit the Nordic Museum and discover Swedish culture
Located near a bridge connecting Djurgarden to the rest of the city, you will find the Nordic Museum, which is a temple of Swedish culture in Stockholm. The Nordic Museum was established in 1873 and designed by Isak Gustaf Clason. The building itself is worth a visit, indeed, its style is a unique synthesis of Danish Renaissance architecture and Swedish models. Moreover, it has typical traits of a cathedral with its huge main hall dominated by a magnificent sculpture of the King Gustav Vasa founder of Stockholm. The museum hosts an incredibly rich and wide collection of Scandinavian objects, documents and photographs.
Be astonished by a beautiful day in culture and nature
Djurgarden is the perfect place to experience a pleasant day surrounded by nature. The island is easily accessible with public transportation. You can either take the ferry from Gamla Stan/Slussen or the tram/bus from Norrmalmstorg.
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