AUG 02,2018 - AUG 02,2018 (1 DAYS)
Stockholm - Day 4 - Djurgården - from Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde to Nordiska Museet:
Main Attractions: T-Centralen, Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Skansen, Lilla Hasselbacken, Abba Museum, Minnslund Memorial Garden, Vasa Museum, Museifartygen Sankt Erik & Finngrundet, Nordiska museet, back to Kungsgården Park.
Duration: 1 day. Djurgården museums will consume more than half of the day. Weather: No rain or wind. More than half of the route is walking in open spaces. Distance: 9 km (including the way back from Slussen to Norrmalm.
Orientation: Djurgården (The Royal Game Park) is an island in the epic centre of Stockholm. The island is rich with museums, historical buildings, galleries, the open-air museum Skansen, and the amusement park Gröna Lund (explored in Day 2). Above all it is a perfect pastoral recreation area in the middle of bustling city: charming shores and yacht harbours and extensive stretches of forest and meadows. It is attracting over 10 million visitors per year, of which some 5 million come to visit the museums and Gröna Lund amusement park. Since the 15th century the Swedish monarchs had owned or held the right of disposition of Royal Djurgården. Today, this right is still by the Royal Djurgården Administration which is a part of the Royal Court of Sweden.
Just to list few of Djurgården main attractions:
Vasa Museum - An impressive museum with the famous 17th-century ship. An unforgettable visit in a busy, popular and exceptional (almost sensational) site.
Skansen: The world's oldest open-air museum. Contains also a zoo.
The Museum of ABBA quartet.
Waldemarsudde - Former mansion of Prince Eugen, transformed into a museum displaying Swedish 19th- and early 20th-century paintings and sculptures. A charming, atmospheric place with a vintage look. Oasis of silence and solitary.
Galärvarvet - Formerly a naval dockyard, today transformed into a popular park with restored old ships.
Junibacken - A small fairy-tale world based mostly on the novels of Astrid Lindgren.
Nordic Museum - largest collection of historical items in Sweden.
Djurgården line - heritage tramway operating since 1991.
Gröna Lund - Stockholm Amusement Park.
Cirkus - Originally a circus, it today offers concerts and musical comedies.
Djurgårdsstaden - a neighbourhood of preserved wooden buildings from the 18th century.
Rosendal Palace - Built in 1823-27 by Charles XIV John, renowned for its park.
Rosendals Trädgård - public garden noted for its selection of roses.
Our daily route is conctrated in the western part of the Djurgården island (and the more touristic one). We start at the most south-west corner of the island and move to the north along a wide array of museums and galleries. The eastern part of Djurgården is, mainly, green meadows and forests.
We started at Scandic Norra Bantorget, Wallingatan 15 and walked 10-12 minutes to T-Centralen to catch Tram No. 7 - the Djurgården Line.
Head northeast on Wallingatan toward Drottninggatan. Turn right onto Drottninggatan. Turn right onto Klarabergsgatan and enter the underground station T-Centralen. This is a transportation hub which gets you everything at one place. Bus, Rail, Metro, hop-in/hop-off, maps, visitor information desk:
You take bus No. 7 and ride 9 stations: Kungsträdgården, Nybroplan, Styrmansgatan, Djurgårdsbron, Nordiska Museet/Vasamuseet, Liljevalchs/Gröna Lund, Skansen, Djurgårdsskolan and drops off at Waldemarsudde. It costs 43 SKR. Charming vintage trams. The trams depart from Norrmalmstorg, and run via Strandvägen out to Djurgården, where they turn and come back. It is a pleasant, gentle drive with plenty of bells ringing. Djurgårdslinjen (the Djurgården Line) is operated by members of the volunteer association Svenska Spårvägssällskapets (the Swedish Tramway Society’s) Stockholm chapter. Service is provided most of the year on weekends, and on summer weekdays as well. The vintage collection includes Stockholm trams from the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, as well as some Gothenburg trams from the 1940s and 1950s, and the elegant mustang with its Stockholm connection, kindly lent to us by Malmö Tekniska Museum (the Technical Museum of Malmö):
From the final station of Waldemarsudde you walk 450-500 m. further south (follow the signs) into the estate of Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde. We enter the charmimg park/estate from the its northern back entrance. First, we walk along nice seashore scenery - before we enter the northern grounds of the estate:
Fourth son of King Oscar II, Prince Eugen (1865-1947) settled here on Djurgården in 1905. Prince Eugene, a brother of the then reigning King of Sweden, was a gifted painter who led a group of artists around 1900 including the famous Anders Zorn. The Prince built this villa and studio, in an organic Swedish style, to receive friends as well as his residence. On a height on the green island of Djursholmen, it boasts a fine view of Stockholm. Prince Eugen's home and gallery are set in beautiful gardens. The grounds are lovely and you can enjoy them without paying admission. A relaxing, calming, beautiful environment.
The villa and interiors are charming. It is surrounded by lovely gardens and the views across the harbor are beautiful. The estate is set in a beautiful parkland, featuring centuries-old oak trees. Its situation by the inlet to Stockholm harbour presents the visitor with stunning views of the water. The Prince was fond of gardens and the garden at Waldemarsudde, planned by the owner himself, is well worth a visit. The park contains a number of sculptures by French and Swedish artists, such as Auguste Rodin, Antoine Bourdelle and Carl Milles, as well as copies of Roman and Greek sculptures, including one of Nike of Samothrace, cast after the original in the Louvre.
Sculpture in bronze of Herakles archer by Antoine Bourdelle (1909) in front of the Waldemarsudde:
Sculpture in bronze of the young Carl von Linne by Carl Eldh in front of the Waldemarsudde:
Thinker bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin in front of the Waldemarsudde:
Western front of the museum:
Southern front of the museum:
Old wooden Tower in Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde gardens:
Garage and orangery & Stables with Coachman's Quarters:
Gardens in the southern parts of the estate:
Half of the museum is devoted to temporary, first-class exhibitions. The other part of the museum is in Prins Eugens' villa. It contains many of the original furnishings in the rooms as well as his art collection. Prins Eugens was a painter as well and there are many of his paintings on view too. The villa is really charming and provides a great insight into the life at the turn of the 1900's. Besides the paintings and fine furniture, the flower arrangements are remarkable. There's even a garden cafe for those who wish to dine of Swedish Fika. Prices: Adults SEK 150:-, Seniors/students SEK 130:-, Children up to 19 free. Opening Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays 11.00. – 17.00. Thursday evenings until 20.00. Mondays closed. Restaurant and Café: The restaurant Prinsens kök situated in the museum keeps the same opening hours as the museum. Café Ektorpet situated in the park is open Tuesdays – Sundays 11.00. – 17.00:
From Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde we head northward along the main avenue of the western part of Djurgården island. We decided to give up the Rosendals Wärdshus site - since, it was very hot during the day hours. Sweden suffered (during 2018 and also during the former couple of years) an exceptional wave of heat that prolonged from May to September. From
Prins Eugens Estate we walk east and exit the park from its back, northern entrance. We walk along Prins Eugens Väg 420 m. and turn left toward Ryssviksvägen 2800 m. further. Continue onto Djurgårdsvägen, 350 m. Slight left to stay on Djurgårdsvägen, 70 m. On our right (north) we see from the distance the Skansen open-museum and its adjacent zoo. We didn't enter the Skansen site because of the high temperatures. Skansen is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden. It was opened on 11 October 1891 by Artur Hazelius to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era. Opening hours: 10.00 - 15.00/18.00 (according to season. Prices: adult -125 SEK, Senior/Student - 105 SEK, child (4-15) 60 SEK. Continue along Djurgårdsslätten 90 m. On your left (south) is the green wooden complex of Lilla Hasselbacken Restaurant, Café and Wärdshus, Djurgårdsslätten 78. Further left (south) is Gröna Lund Amusement Park. Classic Swedish cuisine. Open: Monday through Friday, between 10.00-15.00. Their set menu is priced very reasonably and is a good option. Nice atmosphere around (if not very busy with tourist groups). There is a buffet in 250 SEK. The food is of a good standard and fresh with a nice variety.
On our right is the Cirkus. Cirkus (Cirkus Arena och Restaurang AB) is an arena in Djurgården, Stockholm, that holds 1,650 people. It was originally used as a circus (the old official name being Cirkusteatern), but is today mostly used for concerts and musical shows. We were told that this is a great place for concerts, with good sound, fabolous stage and old, vintage touch. In the evenings - there is also a restaurant:
Opposite the Cirkus - stands Abba Museum, Djurgårdsvägen 68. Heft prices: adult 250 SEK, student - 175 SEK, children 7-15 - 95 SEK, family ticket (up to 2 adults and 4 children) - 595 SEK, free admission for children under 7-years-old. Opening hours: everyday 10.00 - 18.00. No cash. They accept ONLY payments with cards. Public transportation: Tram nr 7 – stop at Liljevaljchs / Gröna Lund, Bus nr 67 – stop at Liljevaljchs / Gröna Lund, Ferry to Djurgården – stop at Allmänna Gränd. Leave your brakes behind, let your inhibitions down - and take a part in an addicting party of fantastic melodies, reminiscences of childhood, memorabilia and interactive shows and a piece of glamorous musical history. Get up on stage and perform with ABBA. Unforgotten experience - especially for Abba fans. You feel like in a dancing club rather than a museum. many opportunities to sing and dance all the ABBA songs. Allow 2 hours at least. In the high season - the museum might be very busy.
A bit to the north of Abba Museum, on our way to Vasa Museum - you see the Minnslund Memorial Garden:
From ABBA Museum head northwest on Djurgårdsvägen toward Alkärret, 120 m. Turn left onto Alkärret, 50 m. Turn right onto Djurgårdsvägen, 160 m and you see the Spirit Museum (Spritmuseum), Djurgårdsvägen 38 - 40, on your left (west). FREE for Stockholm Pass holders. No other reason for entry. NO FREE tastings. For Alcohol lovers:
Opposite the Spirits Museum is the queue (10-15 minutes wait) for the Vasa Museum, Galärvarvsvägen 14. With Stockholm Pass - you skip the queue.
Opening hours: 1 June - 31 August: Daily 8.30-18.30 Prices: 130 SEK. Free admission for children up to 18 years. Season ticket: SEK 200-300, gives free admission to the Vasa Museum. The Vasa is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world and a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. The Vasa ship is NOT a Viking ship. Vasa (or Wasa) is a retired Swedish warship built between 1626 and 1628. The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628 and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961. It was 4 P.M. on August 10th of 1628, and the Vasa ship had barely left the docks of Stockholm harbor on its maiden voyage. ... As water flooded through the gun portals of the ship, it sank in the shallow waters of Stockholm harbor and lay there at 32m, forgotten. For nearly half a century the ship has been slowly, deliberately and painstakingly restored to a state approaching its original glory. The three masts on the roof outside the specially built museum show the height of the ship's original masts. Today the Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia, with over one million visitors a year. This is a must see when in Stockholm. And even though so many people there it does not feel too crowded. This museum is now rated one of the top museums in the world. There are ten different exhibitions around the ship to tell about life on board the ship. The recreation of some of the sailors drowned from their skeletal remains is unbelievable. The film about the Vasa is shown in 13 different languages. The film about the Vasa is screened three times every hour in a fixed schedule. We recommend that you spend at least 2-3 hours in the museum (we spent 4-5 hours without a guided tour !) if you have a guided tour and see the film. There are free guided tours in different languages so do inquire from the information desk as to the times as soon as you enter the museum. Take your time here as there is a lot of information and history to read up on. The museum is very big and you have 6 floors to explore. You can check the vessel from every angel. All in all - it is a majestic experience. The best solution for a very hot day (it is cool inside) or rainy day:
We entered the Vasa Museum through the northern, main entrance - and exited it in the back, southern exit, very short distance from the Maritime Museum:
From the Vasa Museum we continued walking southward towards the Maritime Museum or Museifartygen Sankt Erik & Finngrundet. The Maritime Museum pier is situated opposite the southern side of Vasa Museum and is part of the state Maritime Museum and is FREE. Admission to the museum and the pier is free, and being somewhat away from the heart of the city, it isn't very crowded. There is a small gift shop and a little cafe as well. The star of the exhibits has to be the icebreaker Sankt Eric; launched in 1915, still in working condition and designed to keep the sea routes in and out of the archipelago open during the winter. The other free visit is a floating lightship - Finngrundet. The Lightship Finngrundet is a light vessel built in 1903 in Gävle and now is a museum ship. In the 1960s lightships began to be replaced by fixed, fully automatic, unmanned lighthouse towers ("cassion" lighthouses). The Finngrundet was decommissined in 1969 and has been a museum ship since 1970. A bit smaller and simpler, but still worth a walk through:
The Amusement Park Gröna Lund from Maritime Museum:
From the Maritime Museum we started to return northward. Our last destination in Djurgården was the Nordiska Museet, the Nordic Museum. From Museifartygen Sankt Erik & Finngrundet we walked southeast on Djurgårdsvägen, 120 m. We turned left toward Djurgårdsvägen, 180 m. We continued sharp left onto Djurgårdsvägen, 180 m and arrived to the Nordiska museet, Djurgårdsvägen 6-16. The Nordic Museum is Sweden’s largest museum of Swedish (NOT Nordic) cultural history. It includes clothes and fashion, textiles and jewelry, homes and furniture, photography, toys, folk art, glass and porcelain. The Nordic museum bought or managed to get donations of objects furniture, clothes, toys etc. – from all over Sweden. There is also an exhibition about the only indigenous people in Sweden, the Sami (Lap) - northern indigenous culture long discriminated against. Opening hours: June–August: 9.00 - 18.00. September–May: 10.00 -17.00 (Wednesdays 10.00 - 20.00). Prices: Adults: 120 SEK (From January 1st 2019: 140 SEK), children/Youth 18 years and under: FREE. Tuesdays in SEP-MAY 13.00–17.00 - FREE. Free with the Stockholm Pass. Public transport: Bus: 11, 67, 69 and 76. Underground: to Karlaplan. Ferry: to Allmänna Gränd from Slussen. Tram: from Nybroplan. In summer there is also a ferry service to Nybroplan. The museum is VERY impressive from the outside and its surroundings are quite attractive .The magnificent building has a life-size 1940s apartment and a monumental oak statue of Gustav Vasa, king of Sweden in 1523–1560. The Museum also offers facilities for conference and events. The great hall can accommodate 1500 guests. Over the year, the Nordic Museum frequently organizes events including lectures, guided tours, theme days and crafts workshops. You can have lunch or dinner at the museum ground floor cafe (no cash). Reasonably priced and good. Nothing exceptional inside. The most interesting part is table settings featuring table settings from the 16th century to circa 1950. We think the best idea is visiting the museum during the FREE Tuesdays from SEP to MAY or using the Stockholm Pass. Keep in mind that during the very hot days the museum is NOT air-conditioned (a sauna):
We took the ferry to Slussen.
From Slussen we walked BACK to Kungsgården Park. From Slussen head east on Peter Myndes backe toward Södermalmstorg, 15 m. Turn left toward Gula gången, 50 m. Continue onto Gula gången, 140 m. Gula gången turns slightly right and becomes Mälarrampen. Take the stairs, 80 m. Turn right onto Gröna gången, 110 m. Turn left toward Skeppsbron, 50 m. Turn left toward Skeppsbron, 15 m. Turn right onto Skeppsbron, 750 m. Continue onto Strömbron, 180 m. Continue onto Kungsträdgårdsgatan, 100 m. Turn left at Arsenalsgatan, 30 m. Turn right toward Jussi Björlings allé, 30 m. Turn left toward Jussi Björlings allé, 25 m. Turn left then right toward Jussi Björlings allé, 25 m. Turn left toward Jussi Björlings allé, 35 m. Turn right onto Jussi Björlings allé and you enter Kungsträdgården Park 60 m. further on your right. Cross the park from south to north:
From the northern end of Kungsträdgården Park turn left onto Hamngatan
260 m. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Klarabergsgatan, 170 m. Turn right onto Drottninggatan, 600 m. Turn left onto Wallingatan, 100 m and we were back in our hotel - Scandic Norra Bantorget.