History at every turn
The island of Djurgården is a cultural feast, home to museums, galleries and Scandinavian history. From Nybroplan, hop on the tram for a short ride over the water and steep yourself in the traditions of Sweden. Travel back in time at the Skansen Open Air Museum: with native reindeer, wolves, bison and bears around every corner, the interwoven zoo adds an extra layer of authenticity to this fascinating site.
For families, Junibacken children’s museum is a must-see. Here, Sweden’s favourite young storybook characters come to life. Take the story train through fairy tale worlds, meet Pippi Longstocking, and be enchanted by theatre performances throughout the day.
Thrill seekers can get their fix instead at Gröna Lund, Sweden’s oldest amusement park. With seven rollercoasters, it’s not the largest in the country, but it’s certainly the most unusual, built around the residential and commercial structures of nineteenth century Stockholm. Whilst on Djurgården, be sure to also check out the Vasa Museum, with its impeccably preserved seventeenth century warship, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628.
You could easily spend a day or more on Djurgården alone, so whether you’re looking to belt out your best karaoke at the Abba Museum, or after something a bit more traditional at the Nordiska history museum, it’s well worth the trip.