Royal Djurgården is home to several of Stockholm’s main museums. The Nordiska Museet is where to go if you want to see folk art, fashion, textiles and furnished rooms and get a picture of Scandinavian culture. And for collections of Scandinavian paintings and sculptures from the period around 1900, visit the esteemed Waldemarsudde (voted favourite museum 2016 by Stockholmers) and Thielska Galleriet.
Museums with a difference
The impressive Vasa Museum is a magnet for the curious, housing a resurrected 17th century Swedish sunken warship. And a must-do is the open-air historical museum of Skansen depicting Swedish life in the past by literally recreating a real-life Sweden of the 1900s. A destination restaurant and café here is Gubbhyllan where they make everything themselves the traditional way.
If you are a runner, this is the place in Stockholm to get your kit on and do a few laps. Otherwise it also a hot spot for walking, and picnics in summer. Take a pit stop at renowned at Rosendals Trädgård, a beautiful home-style organic café and rose gardens.
Go to Gröna Lund, Stockholm’s amusement park. And if you have Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Långstrump) fans in tow, visit Junibacken, the museum dedicated to Astrid Lindgren’s books and characters. And visit Skansen for Stockholm’s zoo.
Get there easily from the city centre by foot, or hop on a boat from Nybrokajen or Gamla Stan/Slussen. You can also take a tram from Sergels Torg or go by bus.
Year round for park access, but check with individual museums and attractions for opening times.