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.
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.
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.
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.
Djurgårdens IF had for a long time been a team in the bottom of the table, going up and down between the first and second division in Sweden. But in the beginning of the 2000-ties, the board and the club decided that it was time for changes.
Manager-team Sören Åkeby and Zoran Lukic were hired, and the team started to play with a fast 4-3-3-system. Wellborn supporters, with millions and other millions of euro in the bank, got in and started an investment-company, that made sure that Djurgården easier could buy big name-players.
It went well immediately, the first year the club won the second division, and the second year (2002) they won the Swedish league. With new stars Kim Källström, Johan Elmander and goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson (bought from Juventus) the club was ready for Europe.
It didn’t go that easy though, as Partizan Belgrade was too tough in the qualification for the Champions League.
They won the league again though, and had another chance this summer (2004). Key-players as Källström, Isaksson and Elmander were now gone to other clubs in Europe though, and even if the club did two great games against Juventus they lost in the qualification round again. They then also lost against Dutch side Utrecht in the Uefa cup.
That may have been the last thing Europe have seen of Djurgården for a while, although they will still play in the Uefa cup next season, thanks to the victory in the Swedish Cup. But they ended just in fourth place in Allsvenskan, and the big stars aren’t playing for the club anymore.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
As the AIK-supporters also Djurgården’s supporters had a very bad reputation during the 1990-ties. The supporter club Blue Saints had big problems with troublemakers and the worst thing was probably when a guy, nicknamed “Terror-Tommy” ran onto the pitch and kicked down referee Anders Frisk from behind in the autumn 1995.
They had also, in 1992, destroyed big parts of the seating-section at IFK Göteborg’s stadium, Gamla Ullevi, when their team got destroyed on the pitch.
Djurgården was penalized for the referee-incident, although very easy seeing it was a Stockholm-club (hrm…), and the supporters finally decided it was time to do something.
They started a new supporter-club, Järnkaminerna, and the older hooligans instead was integrated as stewards, to keep the calm during the games.
This worked out really well, and even if there still are fights now and then involving Djurgården-supporters, their reputation has grown much better the last 7-8 years.
During the club’s successful period, 2002-2003, they went on mass to the away-games. They were more common than not more than 1000-2000 persons on away games, while the home games at Stockholm Stadion was created with a fantastic atmosphere, both from the sitting and standing supporters.
But maybe the successful period came to quickly? New supporters invaded the stadium everytime Djurgården played, because they wanted to see a winning team. When Djurgården this season (2004) started to lose again, and playing worse, many of those new supporters stayed at home instead. On away games where Djurgården the last seasons has brought 2-3000 supporters, they suddenly came with 100-200 instead… And that fantastic atmosphere the supporters created during the last seasons were gone as quickly as it came.
Of course the decision from Djurgården and Stockholm community to move the home games, from Stockholm Stadium to worst rivals AIK’s home pitch Råsunda, against the will of the supporters, had something to do with the problems for the supporters. But definitely not all of it.
Next season, 2005, Djurgården is back at Stockholm Stadium. Will be really interesting to see what the supporters can make out of that situation.
There was earlier also an ultras-group, called “Ultras Sthlm”. But during the summer 2004 that group disappeared, after a long period of disagreements with the security staff at Djurgården’s games. The group were also the one that arranged all the choreographies at the games, and even if a new group have taken over that role, it hasn’t been the same.
Stockholm Stadion is the oldest stadium in Stockholm, built and used for the Olympic Summer Games in Stockholm 1912.
The stadium should be re-built a bit during this winter, to be a bit more modern.
Djurgården-supporters stands on the long side, while there is also a sitting group of singing supporters at section F, on the other side of the stadium.
Away-supporters stand in a big sector in one of the curve.
Unfortunately, as it was used during the Olympics, the stadium has running-tracks around the pitch. That makes the arena much less genuine, and it’s not among my favourite-stadiums in Sweden.
Best seats for a e neutral should be on the long-side stand, as much in the middle as possible. If you want to stand up I suggest you go to the other side of the stadium, where you’ll find standing places, but still with quite good view.
Try to stand away from the curves, the away-section included, as you’ll have a couple of kilometers from there to the pitch…
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.
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.