Guide: An Autumn Day at Royal Djurgården

Guide: An Autumn Day at Royal Djurgården


There is certainly something special about Djurgården in the autumn; there are lots of new exhibitions, plenty of fun activities for the whole family during the school break, and the nature is just magical.

But perhaps you need help planning your day? With so much to choose from, we’ve put together a handy guide for spending an autumn day here at Royal Djurgården!

Isbladskärret på södra Djurgården i Stockholm

Why not start your day with a walk in and amongst the beautiful autumn nature? One of our favourite routes is to start by going through the blue gate and then follow the path along the water’s edge, either stopping off at the wonderful Rosendal’s Garden or heading all the way to Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen (the Djurgården canal). This is one of the most peaceful and idyllic areas on the whole island, and definitely the place to go if you want to see all the beautiful coloured leaves that autumn brings. While you’re there, you can do some bird-watching at Isbladskärret or walk along Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s Lovers’ Path.

If you follow the island round to the right, you will reach the Thiel Gallery. Why not stop for a mid-morning fika at Café Monika Ahlberg, where you can sample delicious Swedish cakes and coffee? And if fashion’s your thing, you mustn’t miss the gallery’s latest exhibition: Augusta Lundin, the First Fashion House in Sweden.

If you want to combine coffee and cake with art, but perhaps would rather see the fairytale artwork of John Bauer, you can walk for another half hour to Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde and its café, Café Ektorpet, or hop on bus 67 and get off at Waldemarsudde.

Djurgården is a haven for art-lovers, so much so that four new exhibitions opened in one weekend in September! Choose between Hilding Linnqvist and Goodwin’s Beautiful Stockholm at Liljevalchs, Room to Move at the National Sports Museum and The Party is Over at the Museum of Spirits.

When it comes to lunch, there are so many options here at Royal Djurgården. Many of our restaurants serve traditional Swedish food like meatballs and salmon, and during the week restaurants like Sjöcaféet serve ‘Dagens lunch’, which is very typically Swedish (it’s a set price lunch menu that includes a main course, salad, bread, a drink and coffee – of course). Or if it’s the weekend, why not treat yourself to brunch at the Museum of Spirits or Oaxen Slip?

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding on an afternoon activity! If you’d like to explore more of the island’s greenery, you can hire a bike from Sjöcaféet. Or if it’s a boat tour you’re after, Ocean Bus and Strömma still run sightseeing tours in the autumn.

Then of course there are all our museums, where there really is something for everyone! If you’ve got the kids with you, Junibacken and The Museum of Science and Technology are dead certs for keeping them entertained all afternoon – Skansen is also a great option for all ages. During the school break (24th October-1st November), they are hosting lots of fun activities for all the family!

And if you don’t have time to fit everything in in one day? Well, you’ll just have to come back again another day!

Kungliga Djurgårdens Intressenter, KDI AB, coordinates attractions and joint activities on Djurgården. Learn more