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True “lung” of the Swedish capital, the island of Djurgården is a green oasis of 279 hectares which combines beauty and serenity in the heart of Stockholm. This piece of land to the east of the city can be reached by crossing the bridge south of Östermalm or by taking the boat from the dock at Gamla Stan (SL Linje 80). Formerly a hunting ground for monarchs, this urban park is today a huge green space dedicated to entertainment and walking to the delight of residents and visitors. This protected area is a paradise for joggers, cyclists, epicureans and families who come to escape in vast expanses of meadows and green forests. The presence of water is soothing and nature is omnipresent, it is the ideal place to enjoy a picnic or have a barbecue. The island is also popular for its charming cafes and gourmet restaurants: Spritmuseum restaurant, Oaxen and Rosendals trädgård cafe.

island of Djurgården
island of Djurgården  island of Djurgården

In addition to its bucolic setting, Djurgården is also dotted with major points of interest: Gröna Lund Amusement Park, Vasa Museum, Nordic Museum, ABBA Museum, VRAK Museum, Waldermarsudde Art Museum, Aquaria and Skansen the oldest open-air museum in the world.  

To this end, the island of Djurgården is one of the favorite recreation and relaxation areas for Stockholmers. A tourist destination in its own right which attracts more than 10 million visitors per year!

island of Djurgården  island of Djurgården
island of Djurgården  island of Djurgården

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What to see on the island of Djurgården?    

Vasamuseet- Vasa Museum

Vasamuseet  Vasamuseet

Unique, this unmissable museum Stockholm exposes the Vasa by revealing the incredible story of this ship fully preserved 17th century. The flagship of the royal fleet, the majestic vessel capsized after only a few minutes of navigation during its maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. The adventure of its refloating began in 1956 and the wreck was brought to the surface in 1961, that is to say 333 years after its sinking. The immense wooden structure of this treasure saved from the waters is the centerpiece of the museum, exhibited with the hundreds of objects found in the wreck as well as the skeletons of the sailors who perished on board. This museum immersed in semi-darkness reveals all the secrets of Vasa during an interactive visit on several floors. Films retrace its captivating history.

The Spritmuseum


Located a few meters from the Vasa, this museum showcases the vodka produced in Ahus in the south of the country by the Swedish brand Absolut Vodka. The history and secrets of this famous alcoholic drink are revealed to visitors through various exhibitions. Besides its museum part, Spiritmuseum also has a shop and a restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking a charming little marina. The ideal spot to have a drink and enjoy a nice view of Stockholm!  

Viking Museum

Viking Museum  Viking Museum

Who were the Vikings? No, they were not savage hordes who swept over Europe from Scandinavia, but peerless navigators capable of exploring all sea routes, who first wanted to enrich themselves through trade. Find out how they lived, what they ate and what made them formidable sailors at the Viking Museum. Feel the weight of a Viking sword and helmet, learn about their brutal conquests across the world, the hardships of their daily lives, and learn to distinguish fact from fiction in this interactive exhibit.

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VRAK Museum - Wreck Museum

VRAK Museum  VRAK Museum

The brackish waters of the Baltic Sea are a gold mine for marine archaeologists. At the Vrak - Wreck Museum, dive into the depths of the Baltic Sea to explore the many discoveries made at the bottom of the ocean. The museum exhibits the history of several ships from different eras that ran aground and had a tragic fate. A more scientific part explains how experts carry out archaeological excavations below the surface and in the depths.

ABBA the Museum

ABBA the Museum

Notice to those nostalgic for the 70s and fans of pop music! Here is a museum dedicated to ABBA, the most famous Swedish group in the world! Opened in May 2013, it traces the formidable history of this musical phenomenon revealed by Eurovision in 1970 and which conquered the world with nearly 400 million albums sold. Spread over 2000m2 , this museum exhibits their stage outfits and costumes, their instruments, their gold records… During an interactive visit, visitors also discover films and audiovisual documents such as extracts from concerts or interviews with the quartet. A device even allows you to sing and dance with the holograms of the 4 artists! With in addition a retrospective dedicated to Swedish popular music and various temporary exhibitions, the ABBA Museum offers beautiful moments in the footsteps of this group who revolutionized the music of the 70s and 80s and marked the history of the country!

Skansen Open-Air Museum

Skansen  Skansen

Explore the oldest open-air museum in the world. Skansen opened in 1891 on the island of Djurgården and covers 75 ha. This tourist attraction immerses the visitor in the Sweden of yesteryear by reconstructing the living environment, old trades and traditions. Skansen is home to 150 buildings, 50 to 600 years old: city districts, dwellings, mansions, a bakery, the beautiful wooden church of Seglora, a pottery, a farm, all animated by characters in period costume. Focused on a philosophy of memory, the idea of the founder, Professor Arthur Hazelius was to preserve cultural heritage and bring history to life for future generations. Each building was dismantled from its initial environment and transported to this place. Skansen also has an aquarium and a zoo very popular with children, with many typical Scandinavian animals such as wolves, bison, elk, gray seal, lynx, brown bear, large owl-duc… For the traditional Swedish Smörgåsbord, head to the Solliden restaurant.

Nordiska museet - The Nordic museum

Nordiska museet
Nordiska museet  Nordiska museet

Located at the entrance to the island, this Scandinavian folklore museum is a precious testimony to the country's cultural history. In the imposing neo-Renaissance building (1904), various collections present the arts, traditions and Swedish daily life of yesteryear. The ground floor is dedicated to Lappish culture. The first floor houses the Children's Museum, housed in a typical Swedish country house from the last century, a bookstore and a restaurant. The 2nd floor is heavily folk art gallery with costumes and traditional toys. The next floor is reserved for the evolution of Swedish furniture and interior design. Fun and enriching, this vast museum truly immerses visitors of all generations in the heart of Scandinavian culture.

Gröna Lund Tivoli - the Amusement Park

Gröna Lund Tivoli  Gröna Lund Tivoli

This amusement park created in 1880 is one of the oldest parks in the world. Ideally located west of Djurgården near the bridge, it has a thrilling day full of surprises and emotions. With around thirty paying attractions for all ages, it offers rides for young children as well as more extreme attractions for adults. Pleasures and thrills guaranteed!

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Sjöhistorika Museet - Stockholm Maritime Museum

Notice to naval history and model ships enthusiasts! You will be transported into a captivating maritime universe through a remarkable collection of life-size boat models: reproductions of magnificent 19 th century three-masted ships alongside merchant sailing ships and other warships, remains of Viking longships and sub -marines. Photos, paintings, navigation objects or nautical instruments complete this collection and bring Swedish and international maritime history to life through the centuries.