Hidden Gems on Djurgården
While visiting Stockholm you have, for sure, ventured to the West part of the island Djurgården to visit the recreation area with the open-air museum Skansen, the theme park Gröna Lund as well as some museums such as the Nordic Museum, the Vasa Museum or ABBA: The Museum. However, have you dared go further to see what is hidden behind the touristic paths? Here are 3 places not to be missed on the island.
For the bird-watchers, isbladskärret is a small lake you have to walk by! From the beginning of the 20th century, the swamp was used to be drained. However, in 1981, the Royal Djurgården Administration decided to close the pumping-station to attract the plant and bird life. It’s now famous for its colony of herons (which are told to have escaped from Skansen around 20 years ago), but you’ll find many more birds such as grebes, gooses, woodpeckers, seabirds and much more. It’s a nice place to stop to relax a few minutes while watching the nature flitting right in front of you.
Prince Eugen’s Waldermarsudde
Prince Eugen, son of the King of Sweden Oscar II, was born in 1865 in the famous palace of Drottningholm. He studied painting in Paris and was a landscape painter as well as an art collector. At the beginning of the 20th century, the architect Ferdinand Boberg (also famous for the NK department store in the center of Stockholm) was asked to build a mansion in cooperation with the prince as well as an art gallery on Djurgården. After the death of the prince in 1947 and following his will, the building became an impressive art collection, the property of the state.
The Thiel Gallery
Keen on Scandinavian artists? Go to the Thiel Gallery! Situated on the East of the island, the museum was the private residence of the banker Ernest Thiel who lost his fortune in 1922. In the years that followed the state acquired the house and opened it to the public who can now admire works from Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, Eugene Jansson and Carl Larsson. Some changes have been made in the house: the temporary exhibitions are now held in the former bedrooms and the Thiel’s bathroom is now a café. If the building, which by the way has also been designed by Ferdinand Boberg, seems too far for you, take the bus 69 till the edge of the island. If you want to experience djurgården with a Triple host, Marie-Cerise takes you for bike tours or walking tours on the verdurous island.
Marie-Cerise is hosting a Triple activity where she will show you these, and many other places on the Djurgården island. Read more and book it here.