Stockholm benefits from all the advantages of a large city but stands out from others thanks to its abundance of nature. It is the world’s first capital city to feature a national park in its centre. The island of Djurgården is a peaceful haven, protected and preserved – in the heart of Stockholm. The once hunting ground of monarchs is now a leisure escape for Stockholmers. Let’s discover this island with this easy walk…
Renowned for its many tourist attractions, including Skansen, Gröna Lund and Vasamuseet, Djugården or the animals garden is a city oasis.
This island, one of 14 in Stockholm, was created in 1995 as the first urban national park. This ekopark renamed “Royal national urban park” in 2009, is a protected area of 27km2 stretching between Stockholm, Solna and Lidingö.
Previously used as a royal hunting ground, it is now the kingdom of joggers, cyclists and walkers – who only need to cross the bridge South of Östermalm to venture in nature for a few hours.
This urban walk is easily accessible and has many interesting features thanks to the variety of its landscapes and cultural points of interest. The trail can be followed in all seasons. In the autumn, the trees show their vibrant colours. In winter, their shadows extend over the white spread of icy water. In spring, nature awakens. And in summer, temperatures allow for a fika on a coffee shop’s terrace or for a picnic.
How to get there from central Stockholm?
It takes only 10 minutes from T-Centralen: board the tram (line 7) on Klarabergsgatan, opposite Ålhens department store, and jump off at Nordiska Museet/Vasamuseet. Timetable here.
Length: around 1h20 with a brisk walk, otherwise 2h with dog, pram and/or children.
The path is wide, graveled and mostly flat, and therefore suitable for all. The walk is set on the north bank and the eastern tip of the island. It follows the water continuously and features sculptures, old wooden houses, manors and with a bit of luck, in summer, a few sheep.
This walk will take you to Blockhusudden’s pier where you can take the boat to loop around the whole island. Depending on how much time you have, and the Swedish weather, you can take a bus halfway.
The main points of interest are numbered in the text and on the map. The estimated times (in brackets) are counted from the tram stop Nordiska Museet/Vasamuseet.
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