The best things in life are free, right? Luckily, in Sweden, you don’t have to go far or pay a lot to experience the Swedish countryside and its beautiful scenery. One of the top most visited destinations in Sweden is the island of Djurgarden, located near the city center.
The reasons why the island is so popular amongst tourists and locals alike is very obvious, as it has dozens of museums, Rosendals Garden, Skansen, and biking and picnicking areas. The island is accessible via public transportation (ferries), as well to travel on foot across numerous bridges that connect to it from Ostermalm.
Picture the island as one giant park, like a green sanctuary. But there’s more, the island also has an aquarium and amusement park, perfect for families with children.
If you’re more the type of person who enjoys relaxing, (aren’t we all?), then there are several places in Djurgarden you can unwind in and just hang out. The island has numerous coastal and canal pathways you can stroll along, and even a lake area called Isbladskarret where many birds and cattle thrive.
Eateries are scattered throughout the island, but visitors recommend grabbing a bite to eat at the greenhouse cafe at Rosendals. So pick up some lunch, kick your feet up, and enjoy nature and all its glory.
There are so many hidden treasures to discover on the island, depending on your interests, there is something to do (and find) for everyone. Whether that be exploring artwork in one of the museums or music halls, looking at the historic and modern architecture throughout the mini city, or even visiting some Scandinavian animals in their natural habitat.
The best way to fully experience Djurgarden is by walking. Yes, this does require some effort, but it is totally worth it. Djurgarden is completely free to adventure throughout, and a simple walk through the island’s greenery is enough to make you feel like you are in a green oasis.
In order to get to the island, you can take the ferry from Slussen or get off at the Kungstradgarden metro station and walk to the Djurgardsbron bridge that takes you to the island. The island is most populated during the summer months and is open 24 hours a day.
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