WasaRetro is a shop with a generous selection of items including rustic maritime pieces in true archipelago spirit. It’s a shop that sits on the water where you are guaranteed to come across items you didn’t realize you needed.
Perfectly situated behind the Vasa Museum and across from the Viking Museum and Museum of Spirits, you are welcomed by countless of quirky and unique objects.
WasaRetro.com – things you didn’t know you wanted.
Vrak – Museum of Wrecks opens in the autumn of 2021. But already in June you are welcome to Vrak Café & Bar and the shop. Vrak is a new maritime archeology museum located by the water between the Vasa Museum and the amusement park Gröna Lund.
On the bottom of the Baltic Sea lies much of the world’s greatest cultural heritage. It is time to bring these wrecks and finds to the surface in a new museum. Vrak wants to let visitors dive deep into the secrets of the Baltic Sea!
Vrak Café & Bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating, featuring an unbeatable waterfront location overlooking the harbour and the beautiful city of Stockholm. So come and enjoy a tasty lunch or cup of coffee in the sun, or why not a glass of wine?
Royal Djurgården is vast and majestic, almost magical. Full of museums, castles, art galleries, historical buildings and century old restaurants and cafés.
Royal Djurgården Tour departs from Nordiska museet and takes you around Royal Djurgården on a guided tour that lasts approximately 50 minutes. It is also a Hop On Hop Off ticket, which allows you to hop off at any stop to explore an attraction and later hop back on, to get to the next attraction or destination.
The train is 4.5 metres high (almost 15ft) and gives you a unique panoramic view of Royal Djurgården.
The train can also be hired for weddings, company events and other occasions.
The Snus and Match Museum is an industrial and cultural history museum. The museum tells the Swedish snus and match story, a unique and innovative tradition. As well as hosting exciting and interesting exhibitions, in their museum factory they show old crafts, where you can see the packing of snuff candles and the manufacture of the classic oval cardboard box.
Skansen Aquarium is the world’s most unique aquarium, where you can find everything from monkeys, fishes and crocodiles, to scorpions, parrots and frogs.
At Skansen Aquarium there is always something new going on! Since the start in 1978 the aquarium has been rebuilt and broadened with new animals and experiences. As the years have gone by, the aquarium has become more like an arc than an actual aquarium. You can pet a snake and a spider in their pet and hugging corner, which is open on weekends and holidays during low season and daily during peak season.
Welcome to an exciting and exotic part of Skansen!
Please note that entrance to Skansen is not included. If you have a Skansen annual pass you only pay half the entrance fee.
You have probably heard of the Vasa ship that sank, but do you know where it all happened?
You can now get a deeper Vasa experience, from the water! The Vasa Tour takes you back to Stockholm in year 1628 by boat, on the same trip as the ship once did before it capsized. You can choose between two starting points, either Nybrokajen or Vasabryggan, and it is guided in both Swedish and English.
Why not start or finish your visit to Djurgården with this unique historical trip.
The memorial ‘Norway’s Thanks’ is located next to the Norwegian embassy on northern Djurgården in Stockholm. It was handed over by the Norwegian King Olav V on 14th June 1983 as an official gratitude for the Swedish support during the Second World War.
During the Nazi Germany occupation of Norway (1940-1945), Sweden allowed the Norwegians to equip and train a Norwegian army on Swedish soil. Sweden received about 60,000 Norwegian refugees and set up a nationwide campaign called ‘Svenska Norgejälpen’ (The Swedish Norwegian Aid), which collected money, used clothes, shoes, household goods and more for those in need in Norway.
The memorial stone weighs fifteen tons, is three metres wide and comes from Vassfaret in Norway’s Flå municipality. The memorial symbolises cooperation and a good relationship between neighbouring countries – lasting even during difficult times and situations that may arise.
Kaknästornet is a TV tower located at Gärdet in the Royal National City Park. The name Kaknäs comes from the medieval name for the south-eastern part of Stockholm, the area called Östermalm/Ladugårdsgärdet today.
The tower is a major hub of Swedish television, radio and satellite broadcasts. Kaknästornet was finished in 1967 and designed by architect Bengt Lindroos. The building is 155 metres high – or 170 metres with the top antenna included. Kaknästornet is one of the highest buildings in the Nordic countries.
Today the tower is owned by the National Swedish broadcasting company Teracom.
Please note! The tower used to be open to the public, with an information centre, gift shop, restaurant and café, but in 2018 it was permanently closed to the public.
At Manilla holme, just by the water, you can find a monument, eight metres high, in grey granite. The Freedom Gate monument was erected in 1994 as an expression of gratitude to the Swedish people, since it had been 50 years since tens of thousands of Estonians fled the war over the Baltic Sea to Sweden. The raising of the monument was made possible by donations from over 3600 Estonians and several organisations.
Freedom Gate is both an expression of gratitude and a remembrance to future generations. His Majesty, Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden held a speech in which he said, “Let the Freedom Gate commemorate the brave fight of Estonian people for the democracy and justice and let the monument symbolise close relations between our nations“.
On both sides of the monument there is an engraved text in both Estonian and Swedish which reads:
The Freedom Gate
Estonians’ and Estonian Swedes’ Gratitude to the People of Sweden Anno 1994
We came in small boats over the sea to escape from terror and dictatorship. Thirty thousand men, woman and children reached the shore, among them workers, fishermen, farmers, intellectuals.
We received a warm welcome, we were able to find work and to safely establish homes and families. We did never forget the country from which we were forced to leave and we strove for its freedom.
Let the Freedom Gate testify to the humanity and tolerance of the Swedish people towards those who were looking for at shelter in evil times and let it commemorate a tiny nation who found here a new home for itself.
Estonians and Estonian Swedes in Sweden 1944-1994
Visit the monument and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
In front of the entrance to Nordiska museet stands an equestrian statue of Karl X Gustav, King of Sweden between 1654 and 1660. It is one of ten classical equestrian statues in Sweden. Karl X Gustav is mostly famous for the March across the Belts as well as the Treaty of Roskilde which ended the Second Northern War between Sweden and Denmark-Norway.
The statue was given as a gift to Nordiska museet by the Karl X Gustav association and was inaugurated on the Swedish Flag Day on 6th June 1917. The statue was designed by Gustaf Malmquist and is cast in bronze. It stands on a granite pedestal made by Isac Gustaf Clason, the architect who designed Nordiska museet. Written on the pedestal is the monogram for King Karl X Gustav, his reign 1654-1660 as well as the words Freden i Roskilde 1658 (Treaty of Roskilde). Some of his battles and victories are written around the pedestal.
If you are interested in equestrian statues, there is another one nearby, of King Karl XV of Sweden, just 200 metres further along Djurgårdsvägen.
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s Lovers’ Path follows the outskirts of Isbladskärret, where you can enjoy interesting and diversifierad nature with wild coniferous forest, beautiful broadleaved forest and giant oak trees. There is also a variety of wild birds in the area.
The Lovers’ Path was inaugurated in 2012 and given to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel as a wedding gift from WWF. The path is 390 metres long and stretches along the southwestern part of Isbladskärret. There are signposts with information about the wildlife in the area. You can reach Isbladskärret with bus 69 från Sergels Torg. The closest bus stops are Isbladskärret and Edelstams väg.
During the inauguration, Crown Princess Victoria said that the Lovers’ Path is an asset for everyone; everyone is welcome to the Lovers’ Path at Djurgården.
The UN monument is a memorial dedicated to those Swedish people who lost their lives while working for UN. It is situated partly in the water at the shore of Djurgårdsbrunnsviken, close to the Maritime Museum at the Museum Park. The monument was inaugurated in 1995 and each year on 29th May the Veteran Day ceremony is held next to the UN monument and the nearby Restare memorial.
The artwork is made from bronze and granite. You can easily walk here from the Maritime Museum or the National Museum of Science and Technology. There is a beautiful view of the water and island of Djurgården from the monument.
Next to Galärvarvskyrkogården lies the Estonia memorial. The names of 815 of the 852 people who lost their lives when the cruise ship Estonia sank in 1994 are engraved on the monument. The monument itself is made of bright granite and was designed by the Polish sculptor Mirosław Bałka.
The basic mould is a triangle with an entrance from the short side and stairs leading up to Galärvarvskyrkogården. In the middle of the monument stands a tree with an iron ring at the bottom. The coordinates of where the ship sank are written on the ring. The memorial was inaugurated on the third anniversary of the sinking on 28th September 1997, with a speech from the politician Birgitta Dahl.
The number of people who lost their lives are counted on the stone itself along with the line, “Deras namn och deras öde vill vi aldrig glömma”, meaning, “Their names and their fate we never want to forget”.
At the southern part of beautiful Djurgården, at Blockhusudden, you can find a memorial dedicated to the 2004 Tsunami catastrophe in South-East Asia. The memorial was officially inaugurated in June 2018. The memorial is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Tsunami. It’s also meant to be a mutual place for survivors, next of kin and relatives.
The monument itself was chosen through an artistic context, where Gravitational Ripples by Lea Porsager became the jury’s choice.
Take bus 69 to Thielska Galleriet and experience the memorial for yourself.
The memorial monument ‘Restare’ is located next to the Maritime Museum. It was commissioned by the government to honour personnel from the Swedish Armed Forces and other authorities serving in international peacekeeping efforts. The monument is there for both official ceremonies of various kinds and private moments of reflection. The monument was inaugurated by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf on Veteran Day 2013.
‘Restare’ was created by the artist Monika Larsen Dennis, the winner of the competition held to select an artist for the creation of the monument. The monument was chosen by a jury, with representatives from the Public Art Agency, the Swedish Armed Forces and the Royal Djurgården Administration.
Parkteatern – important for all Stockholmers and visitors. Parkteatern has offered hundreds of theatre performances, concerts and dance shows since the 1940s, always free of charge. The Parkteatern season runs from June until August. A detailed programme is available on their website.
This was initially a bay called “Isbladsviken” (in English: “Ice Sheet Bay”). The name has, however, nothing to do with ice, but is thought to be derived from a hunting lodge known as “Isbla”, which once lay here.
When the Royal Djurgården Administration stopped pumping the marsh in the 1980s, Isbladskärret developed into an excellent bird-watching lake where the mute swan, gadwall, tufted duck, geese, peewit and heron, among other species, can be found. The noteworthy heron colony was established here in 1989, after previously breeding in Skansen.
A small herd of Scottish highland cattle graze close to Isbladskärret to keep plant growth under control, and ensure that the conditions required for a fine bird-watching lake are maintained.
Travel the way we used to in Stockholm! With our charming vintage trams, you’ll travel through another time. We have trams from most periods. The trams depart from Norrmalmstorg, and run via Strandvägen out to Djurgården, where they turn and come back. Our drivers and conductors drive gently and carefully, and with plenty of bells ringing.
Djurgårdslinjen (the Djurgården Line) is operated by members of the volunteer association Svenska Spårvägssällskapets (the Swedish Tramway Society) Stockholm chapter. Your appreciation spurs them on!
See the best of Stockholm on a hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tour! Hop on and off the bus as many times as you like at any of the 21 stops around the city; you’ll have the chance to visit top Stockholm attractions such as Skansen, Junibacken, the Vasa Museum and Stockholm Royal Palace, to name a few.
Create your personalised sightseeing itinerary and explore Stockholm at your own pace, and enjoy informative audio commentary on board the bus.