by maor on 21/04/09 at 7:41 am
A tour guide of Djurgården in Stockholm.
Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden, has won the hearts of people from all over the world. You will never forget your first visit to this special city that has been dubbed as the Venice of the North. Stunning natural sights are combined with the exciting traces of a long history. There is no lack of things to do when you visit Stockholm and this article will put special focus on the central island called Djurgården.
Djurgården is a very large island in central Stockholm where big spaces of forest and fields have been left untouched for anyone to enjoy. You can get there by foot or take a bus. Djurgården is also referred to as the Royal Djurgården. This is easy to understand when you start strolling on its beautiful paths. You will pass many houses that were built for or dedicated to the royalties of Sweden. The houses will definitely remind you of the old times of kings and queens.
Just as you pass over the bridge that takes you from the inner city of Stockholm to Djurgården you have a very sweet museum on your right hand side. This place is called Junibacken and is especially suitable for children. Junibacken is devoted to the cherished Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren. At Junibacken you can experience her stories through installations that are made to be touched and played in! You will also find a great gift shop full of children’s books by Astrid Lindgren and other famous Swedish writers.
No trip to Stockholm should go without a visit to Skansen, the outdoor museum located a short walking distance from Junibacken. At Skansen you will learn and experience Sweden by the help of a zoo, historical displays, food and cultural activities. In the summers the Swedes love to watch a special singing performance from Skansen broad-casted on national TV. If you arrive on the right day for this you should certainly try and get a spot in the audience for a very warm and uplifting sing-a-long performance.
If you enjoy gardens, ecological cooking and crafts you should continue your tour on Djurgården to the Rosendahl Garden and Restaurant. Here you can stroll around in the gardens and watch the produce grow and then you can taste it in the green house restaurant. There is also a special market which offers Swedish handy craft which can be a perfect solution for a light weight gift to bring home. Don’t miss the opportunity to pass by the bakery which offers delicious Swedish bread and also special jams and marmalade.
Just after the bridge connecting Stockholm with Djurgården you can rent a canoe and see Stockholm from the water. Life jackets come with the boats but you can expect pretty calm waters. If you stick close to the shore line you can get a close up view of the fauna and special sites of Djurgården that are so cherished by the Swedes and its visitors. Don’t forget to bring your camera!