Welcome to Stockholm’s green living room10/09/2020
Discover the nature at Djurgården! Take a long walk to see parts of Djurgården you’ve never been to before. There is still time to rent a bike and bring a picnic and enjoy the nature and wildlife. Djurgården is part of the Royal National City Park and it’s one of the biggest, greenest, coolest places to be!
Take a long walk and aim for Folke Bernadotte’s bridge. It’s an easy way to get from Museiparken/The Museum Park on the north side of Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen to Rosendal on the south side. Rosendal’s Garden is worth a visit at any time of the year. There is a wonderful garden café, and if you want inspiration for your own garden, a visit to the plant shop is a must.
If you want to combine garden and art, we recommend visiting Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde. Waldemarsudde covers an area of 70,000 square metres, surrounded on three sides by water, with rich and varied vegetation, rock formations, sandy areas, meadows and deciduous trees. The gardeners’ plantings are concentrated around the front side of the main house and gallery. The park has plenty of beautiful sculptures such as a copy of Nike of Samthrace and Auguste Rodin’s sculpture, The Thinker, all bought by Prince Eugen in the early 1900s.
RICH ANIMAL LIFE
Djurgården has a rich wildlife. There are over 800 types of flowering plants, 1200 species of beetle and 100 bird species in the Royal National City Park. There are also both well-known animals such as deer, foxes, hares and toads, and more unusual species to be found. Here are some more interesting facts about the wildlife in the Royal National City Park.
A great way to experience the nature of Djurgården is to walk along the Lover’s trail of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, which was inaugurated in 2012. The trail was a wedding gift to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel from the Swedish World Wide Fond for Nature – WWF. The love trail is 390 metres long and extends along Djurgården’s south-western shore. Signs along the trail give information on plant and animal life in and around the small lake Isbladskärret.
At the open-air museum Skansen there are many animals to discover, from species common in Scandinavia, like bear and moose, to more exotic species like monkeys and polar bear. The open air museum covers a huge area as big as Stockholm’s Old Town, so there is room for all of us.
With the free app ‘Royal walks’, you can follow informative walks on historical and royal grounds at Djurgården. There are four routes to follow – Djurgården Buildings, Waterline Walk, Bernadotte Walk and Djurgården Art Walk. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play, put on your crown and go for a walk!
Djurgården is a place for entertainment and has been so for hundreds of years. It’s a place where it’s easy to have fun together, hang out, learn and get inspiration. But Djurgården is also a place for reflection and a place to gather strength. Djurgården has been chosen as the place for several monumental memorials. Djurgården is centrally located yet very tranquil; it is spacious enough to give room for both body and soul. Why not take a memorial walk around the island? You can find all the memorials here – use the ‘Monuments, Flora & Fauna’ filter.
RENT A BIKE
Sjöcaféet is located at Strandvägen’s entrance to Djurgården, just after Djurgårdsbron. Coming into the fall season there is still time to rent a bike from Sjöcaféet and discover Djurgården. At Royal Djurgården Visitor Center, located in the same building, you can get help with tips on routes to take.