Djurgarden is one of the islands that make up the city of Stockholm.It is a reen and pleasant area where many of the inhabitants go to relax.A lot of museums are located here and it is a very pleasant area to go walking or cycling.A tram runs from the city centre all the way around the island.
Maybe it is a Scandanavian thing. In Oslo many of the city's museums are grouped together in one place and in Stockholm many of them are grouped together in one place. In Stockholm most museums are in Djurgården - the museum island.
On Djurgården you can find the Vasa Warship Museum, Junibacken, the Nordic Museum, two aquariums and a Skansen housing buildings from all over Sweden.
The Vasa Museum:
I visited the Vasa Warship in 1986, but I actually still remember a lot about it, because I was impressed by what I saw there. The ship itself is magnificent and the museum houses objects which teach us about life on board a ship. At the time of my visit the current Vasa Warship Museum had not been built and the ship was housed in the Wasa Shipyard.
Here is the story of the Vasa. In 1625 King Gustav II Adolf asked master shipwright Henrik Hybertsson to construct four new war ships. One of these was the Vasa. Construction of the Vasa began the following year. On the 10th of August 1628, the completed Vasa set out on her maiden voyage, but she toppled over and sank in the middle of Stockholm Harbour after sailing just 1300 metres.
Early attempts were made to raise the ship, but these failed. However, some of the ships canons were recovered. More than three hundred years later in 1959 after much preliminary work by diving teams, heavy cables were finally placed under the Vasa and she was hauled into shallower water. On 24th April 1961 the final lift took place and the Vasa finally resurfaced after 333 years at the bottom of the sea. The Vasa was moved into a temporary museum, the Wasa Shipyard, which is where I visited it.
Between 1963 and 1967 a team of divers excavated the harbour bottom where the Vasa had lain and managed to recover hundreds of sculptures and thousands of other objects from the ship which provide us with lots of information about life on board a ship in the past. In 1988 the Vasa was moved from the Wasa Shipyard into the new museum.
I also visited this in 1986 in the depth of winter in the snow. Most of it was closed and I was freezing. The Skansen is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden. It was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius. Buildings from all over Sweden are arranged here to form a town showing what life was like in Sweden in the pre-industrial era.
I have never visit this museum. It is a children's museum based on the stories of Astrid Lindgren.
The Nordic Museum
I have never visited this either. The Nordic Museum is dedicated to the cultural history of Sweden from the Early Modern Age around 1520 until the present day. The museum was founded in the late 19th century by Artur Hazelius.
Djurgården is also very pretty and green and is good for walking or picknicking.
An easy way to reach Djurgarden, is to take a tram from wherever you are in Stockholm.
It will take you directly to Djurgarden.
Some of the Trams are veteran, built 1920 - 1950, and are driven by members of the Swedish tram association.
Trams usually run every 12minutes.
After visiting the two Museum's on Djurgarden, it was time for a stroll in the Park.
First we bought some lunch from a vendor, then headed to some shady Tree's to eat our lunch.
The park is large and spacious, with many flower bed's. There were lot's of Geese feeding on the lawn, that was until a small dog came along and they took fright and flew to the safety of the water!
There are quite a few beautiful 19th century Mansions situated around the park, as well as the Palaces and other important Royal Buildings.
The park hosts various plays and concerts in the summer.
Something that is quite comical is a rather old dock crane painted up to look like a giraffe. After spotting it from a distance, when the ferry got closer, it looked even more appropriate.
Take any ferry through the main channel of Saltsjön and look for it to be just a little east of the Tivoli park, on the island of Djurgården.
The safari in the zoo was great. You go thru the safari with the bus you arrived with. We actually had to stop for a half an hour or so, cos 3 giraffes just stood in front of our bus and wouldn't move no matter what!
Also you must see the dolphins. Unless you've seen them live in an ocean or something, you gotta see them, they're really cute!
I heard on our sightseeing tour that there is a place called Junibacken in Stockholm and as we passed by it by bus I took a photo of the building. This is really something for the kids!
This island is full of places to visit from museums to cafees: http://www.djurgarden.net/eng/index.html
At Junibacken one can explore stories of Astrid Lindgren and meet well known figures like Alfie Atkins, old man Festus and Mercure the cat.
This place is based on the stories of Astrid Lindgren. Here kids can act and play, discover and learn!
Take a look at their website for proper info.
This is a place where I will go next time.
Djurgarden is full of parks and a wonderful place to walk and enjoy a nice warm afternoon. You can visit Skansen, Vasa and Nordiska Museums, or the art gallery of Prince Eugene, or even the small palace of Rosendal. The villas and residences built along the seashore are just amazing!
After a touristy day at the royal palace, or pirate museum, please retreat to this island, which is simply walking trails filled with expensive trees, and bits of quiet areas next to the water where sunbather enjoy. This island has museum as well, but i grew quite tired as those.
I suggest directly from the royal palace to walk along the east coast of the gamla stam island, and head towards Djurgården along the waterside streets. that itself is a grand treat! look at the pictures. you can see the amusement park, cruise boats, and most importantly, the pictures of the stockholm every knows and loves on the water.
The Vasa Museum
See this beautifully preserved ship from 1628 in a fabulous museum with eight large exhibitions. “The Age of Vasa” is a journey in time to the country behind this ship. Films and guided tours in several languages. Prize-winning shop and restaurant.
This small island has a special atmosphere in winter. It felt like I'm in Sweden, but a couple of centuries earlier. People were strolling down the streets, some went to the church (it was Sunday morning), some jogging or walking with dogs. It was slippery closer to the water, but still very romantic and beautiful.:o) It's so quiet there and I didn't want to leave this place.:o) Besides Djurgården has all kinds of amazing museums.:o)
It took me years before I found out about the beautiful walk around the whole Island of Djurgården. Now it is my favorite. You leave the stressy city for a real little nature experience. I would recommened you to bring a little bit of nice food and sitt down somwhere along the path.
Or nice to combinate with my favorite cafe "Rosendals trädgårdscafe", situated on the same Island.
Djurgarden is a big island, east from Gamla Stan. The island is known for its famous museums and parks. The island originally was made into a hunting area for the Royal Family in the 16th century, and kept this function for three centuries. At the end of the 18th century, the park became public area. Later, this area, also called Ekoparken, became the very first National Citypark in the world. The small lakes, forests and fields are a beautiful place to have a walk.
In 1891, the beginning was made of the rich collection of museums that are now situated on the island. In this year the very first Open Air Museum called Skansen was opened. Later lots of other museums followed, like the famous Vasa Museum, that shows the sunken ship called Vasa, that sunk in front of Kastellholmen. There also is an Astrid Lindgren Museum, a Nordic Museum and a museum of young, modern art. If you really want to see all of these museums, you can easily spent two days on this island alone.
And before you go back to the "mainland" by ferry, you can also pay a visit to Grona Lunds Tivoli: a fairground for young and old, with some nice attractions.
Djurgården (The Animal Garden) is a recreational isle in the middle Stockholm.
This is the site of the Wasa Museet, the museum of the old ship the Wasa. And also the Gröna Lund, the amusement park can be found here.
But the main part of the isle is just a quiet park in which you don't have a clue that you are even in a city. Only the sporadic horn of a big ship will let you remember that you are in the city.
This little boat will take you to and back to the island "Djurgarden". It's not a long trip, but shows you some of the nices part of Stockholm, from the sea. The trip itself takes 15-30 minutes, and the boat goes around the islands, and make some stops now and then. Make sure you get off at the right place.
Costs 30 SEK for a trip, which is cheap thinking that a trip with the metro costs 45 SEK...
The boat leaves "Slussen" (the same name of the subway station) every 20 minutes if I don't remember wrong.
At the Djurgarden island you'll find the Vasa museum, the Skansen and the zoo, the amusment park Grona Lund and the water aquariam and much more.