Fun Facts about the Royal National City Park!

Fun Facts about the Royal National City Park!


Royal Djurgården is an important part of the Royal National City Park, which, on 19th May 2020, celebrates its 25th anniversary. 

As part of the celebrations, we wanted to tell you a bit more about the Park. Here are 9 fun facts that you might not know about the Royal National City Park!

1. The Royal National Park is the world’s first National City Park.

2. There are over 800 types of flowering plants, 1200 species of beetle and 100 bird species in the Park.

3. You may stumble across paving stones which, based on their appearance and location, are deemed to be from 550 BC.

4. Southern Djurgården used to be called ‘Valmundsö’, and the king exchanged it with the Archbishop of Uppsala. Anyone who wanted to lease Valmundsö could do so for a payment of 15 pounds or 60 barrels of barley.

5. The Prince Eugen oak, which you can find at Waldemarsudde, has a perimeter of 842cm and is estimated to be 500-800 years old, making it the largest and oldest oak in the Royal National City Park.

6. ¾ of all of Uppland’s plants and animals can be found in the Park.

7. Traces of royalty include Karl XI’s fishing cabin at Djurgården, and the palaces at Rosendal, Ulriksdal and Haga.

8. The Royal National City Park is Stockholm’s and Sweden’s most visited greenspace.

9. The park is always open for you to come and visit: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round!

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