Summer at Djurgården: 8 things you don’t want to miss!15/07/2020
This summer is going to be a little bit different to normal, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of fun and exciting things happening at Royal Djurgården. In fact, we think Djurgården is one of the biggest, greenest and coolest places to be!
Are you going to come and join us this summer? If so, here are our top 8 things to do when you come to visit:
1. Enjoy a truly unique outdoor sculpture exhibition
All the way from Park Avenue in NYC, now you can see Alice Aycock’s ‘Turbulences’ sculpture exhibition here at Royal Djurgården. It’s the first to be arranged by the Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation, and Alice Aycock’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia! You can find the six sculptures at at Djurgårdsbrunn Bay near the Folke Bernadottes bridge.
2. Relax in the green oasis that is Rosendal’s Garden
One of our favourite places to enjoy the summer (or any season, come to that) is Rosendal’s Garden. As well as enjoying the garden, you can come here for a meal or traditional Swedish ‘fika’, and visit their farm shop and plant shop. And until mid-August, you can enjoy food from their wood fired oven and drinks from their garden bar at the Herbarium. You certainly won’t believe you’re in the midst of a capital city!
3. Celebrate 75 years of the world’s strongest girl at Junibacken
Pippi Longstocking is a female icon worldwide, and turns 75 this year. At Junibacken‘s new exhibition, ‘Topsy Turvy with Pippi’, you can be part of Pippi’s fun and mischievous world; lift Pippi’s horse, fly a plane, snoop around the sweet shop, climb up the lemonade tree – plus much more! We recommend booking your ticket in advance to guarantee admission, which you can do here.
4. Discover Djurgården on wheels
Cycling is one of the best ways to get around and see the island – did you know that southern Djurgården is 10km all the way around? You can pick up free cycle maps from Royal Djurgården Visitor Center and hire bikes from the adjoining Sjöcaféet.
5. Marvel at Nordiska museet’s new entrance
…and relax in their outdoor living room.
Nordiska museet‘s newly-renovated backyard now hosts a Nordic café, and is surrounded by topiary linden trees, espaliered fruit trees and a walnut tree.
A visit inside the museum itself is also a must; after all, its main exhibition, The Arctic – While the Ice is Melting, was nominated for Exhibition of the Year.
6. Soak up the sun with some al fresco dining
Many of our lovely cafés and restaurants boast beautiful garden settings and waterside views, so you can enjoy amazing food with a view to match. Even some of our museums have their own outdoor seating area, like the Museum of Spirits with their Seaside Dock and Garden Patio, which is open exclusively during the summer.
And right now, we are running a special restaurant collaboration on Djurgården, where when you bring your receipt and voucher from one of 20 Djurgården restaurants to another, you get 10% off the bill. In case you needed an excuse to try even more delicious food and drink!
7. Take a tour of the island’s art exhibitions
Art has long since been a part of Royal Djurgården (dating way back to 1905, in fact). But not all exhibitions are around for so long! This summer, choose between Ulrica Hydman Vallien at Liljevalchs, Hidden Treasures from the Thiel Gallery Collection at the Thiel Gallery and Silent Beauty – Nordic and East Asian Interaction at Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde. Take a look at our calendar to see all the exhibitions running at Royal Djurgården.
8. See beautiful Djurgården from the water
One of the best ways to explore Royal Djurgården is from the water, and you can rent a canoe, kayak or pedal boat from Sjöcaféet, which is just by the Djurgården bridge.
Fancy some sightseeing? Then why not test out Strömma’s Royal Canal Tour, which takes you along Djurgården’s beautiful and tranquil canal. And for something truly unique, Ocean Bus is an amphibious bus which lets you experience Stockholm from both land and water in one single vehicle.