Haga Park, Stockholm
Hagaparken is a key part of Stockholm's Ekoparken -- the world's first national city park. It is a wide green space with vast lawns that will be appreciated by picnickers and sunbathers, but also several walking trails with a number of objects of interest for explorers. There are wonderful views of the Brunnsviken lake to be enjoyed along the shore.
Hagaparken's most striking feature is probably its three Roman copper tents, near the northern entrance. Originally used as stables and accommodations, they now house a coffee shop, a restaurant and the Hagaparken museum, where we picked up a map showing the park's other attractions.
The park was created in the 18th century at the demand of King Gustav III, who planned on building a royal palace on the park grounds but was assassinated before it was completed. The ruins of the barely-started palace can be found not far east from the copper tents. Hagaparken remains the property of the Swedish Crown to this day and contains the new royal cemetery (closed to the public), opened in 1922. Most of the park's other features date from Gustav III's time and include a Chinese pagoda, the Echo Temple (an outdoor summer dining room), the Gustav III pavilion and the Haga Palace.
Also noteworthy is the Butterfly House (Fjärilshuset), open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (April-September) or 4 p.m. (October-March), in the northern part of the park.
If you're looking for a getaway out of downtown Stockholm for a day, I would recommend looking into The Butterfly House. It's great for all ages, and quite an experience. Don't be thrown off by the name though, Fjarilshuset is also housing for fish, birds, and if I remember correctly a lizard or two. Be prepared to be a landing strip for butterflies, and possibly birds as well. Also, the birds are used to humans, so sometimes you have to walk around them, because they don't get startled. I also suggest spending some time outside, walking the gardens. It's in a beautiful location, so if you have a camera, have it ready. The best time to visit would be during the colder, darker months.
Haga Park, a beautiful park in the northern part of Stockholm, created in a "English Park" style. I was here on a rainy autumn day, but even on a day like this the park managed to charm me. I loved strolling around here, enjoying the nature with its wonderful fall colours and the unusual but interesting buildings and monuments. I must have walked around here for over 2 hours and I still wasn't tired of this place.
Haga Park is a lovely park and an ideal picnic spot. Imagine picking a nice spot in the thick green grass on one of the endless lawns, enjoying the beautiful views, the sun is shining, a picnic basket filled with good food like chickensalad and a nice glass of white wine in your hand.... mmmm. Well, maybe this is not such a good idea on a rainy day like I had, hahaha, but on a beautiful summer day this would just be perfect.
Haga Park is located outside the north tollgate of Stockholm and was bought by Gustav III in 1771. Beside the obvious beautiful park landscape you can see and visit some interesting places. Like the striking "copper tent houses" that now house the Haga Park Museum for instance or the "Gustav III´s Pavilion" or the "Queen's Pavilion". A place I liked is the "Echo temple" that you can see in the first picture, but a good tip might also be a visit to the Butterfly house and tropical gardens. To much to see and do to describe in just one tip. So if you are interesting in visiting the park you can have a look at my Haga page for a more detailed description.
Haga Park is a big park with many interesting objects to visit. One of them is this unique Blue Tent. This is a small 'cafe' where you can purchase some cakes and drink, or order some food to eat there while enjoying the park. You can seat inside or outside.
I was told that this Blue Tent was a stable or barrack in the past.
This is where the present king was born. The castle's proportions are a bit odd and the artistic Gustav III would not have liked it but since his own masterpiece was never finished, a new and smaller castle was built here in the 19th century as the Gustav III's Pavilion was deemed too small for the following royal families with all their children. The castle was used as a home for War children during the First World War but then went back to the royals. However, it was donated to the Swedish state when our present king was young, but only on the condition that it would be used to house state guests. Thus, presidents and others on state visits get to stay here.
The Eco temple was where Gustav III liked to have his dinners as he loved eating out. This huge gazebo originally had frescoes in the ceiling (discovered during a later renovation) but they are now in the Copper Tent exhibitions. Today, the temple is a popular place to get married in.
Also in gorgeous Haga Park are these Copper tents. Originally built to cover up the royal horse guards' stables and living quarters as you entered the royal grounds, they are today used as a cafe, restaurant and have a small but interesting exhibition on Haga Park and its history. The exhibition is not in English but the guides often take you around to show you what there is and there is a huge model of what Gustav III's original castle would have looked like if he had been able to finish it, but of course he was murdered and the French architect had to stop. It would have been amazing...
Those of you who enjoy park landscapes and gardens should definately go to the royal Haga Castle and Park. Here you will amongst other things find the Butterfly House ("Fjärilshuset") in the former royal hothouses. The butterflies are the main draw, although there are also exotic birds and a Japanese garden. Expensive entrance for its size but that is more than justified when you see these gorgeous butterflies as here, at one of their feeding stations...
Hagaparken is a park English inspired park just outside downtown Stockholm. The Swedish King Gustav the third built the park at the end of the 18th century.
Catch a bus to Norrtull and explore the park by foot. There's a garden café in the middle of the park where you can have your coffee and watch people as they pass by.
Then, check out the pavillions, the marvellous eco temple and the small China temple. Bring a picnic if you visit during summer time.
Constructed 1788-1790 by L.J. Desprez.
The echo tempel lies like a oval medallion in the beautiful park. Here was a fine place for summer dinners, with good views and good acoustics that amplifies both speaches and the birds songs nearby.
The echo tempel has been newly renovated.
The Butterfly House- Hagaparken/The Rpyal Park of Haga
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As the king was waiting for his huge palace to be built nearby, this is where he stayed when at Haga. He took his friends here to relax, but it is said that the queen was never allowed in.