Nordiska Museet was built for an exhibition in the 1890s (while Sweden was united with Norway), and is still the most dominant building on Djurgården.

Djurgården [ˈjʉːrˈgoːɖən], [ˈjʉːgɔɳ], more properly Södra Djurgården, is a park island in the southern Östermalm borough in Stockholm. The island makes up much of the National City Park (Nationalstadsparken), and contains several museums and leisure venues, such as Skansen and the Vasa Museum. It should not be confused with Norra Djurgården, a park in mainland Östermalm.


The Djurgården ("The Animal garden") island has been royal property since centuries, and had been used as a zoological garden since the 16th century. The north-western edge of the island was a shipyard from the 18th century to the 1970s. In 1891, the Skansen open-air museum was founded. As the island hosted an exhibition in 1897, several other museums and pavilions were built. Many of them have been torn down; Nordiska Museet is the largest remainder of the exhibition.

While Djurgården contains several of Stockholm's most expensive private properties, most of the island is open to the public. Though the natural and cultural environment is protected by strict laws, developments are under way to meet the expectations of travellers.

Get in

Spårväg City uses some vintage trams during weekends and summer.

Private cars are not allowed on Djurgården during summer.

Ferries from Slussen call at the Vasa Museum (left) and the Nordic Museum (background).


The Djurgården island contains Sweden's largest cluster of museums and venues, most of them on the western part of the island, within walking distance from each other.

Skansen contains heritage buildings from all around Sweden.
Gardens of Rosendal Palace.



Gröna Lund is crowded during warm weather.


Most museums have souvenir shops.



Hot-dog and ice-cream stands are ubiquitous around the tourist venues. The larger museums have cafés, and some of them have seats for packed meals. There are plenty of good spots for picnics. Otherwise, dining in Djurgården usually costs more than it tastes.




Some of the restaurants and hotels mentioned here, have a bar. Nightlife is busiest during summer.


Despite all the visitors, Djurgården has only three hotels.

Stay safe

As in other heavily touristed areas, beware of pickpocketing.


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