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In Stockholm, you don't have to travel far to experience the famous Swedish countryside. At Djurgården, you can get exactly that and so much more. The island of Djurgården is situated right next to the city center, accessible via various forms of public transportation (ferries included), as well as on foot thanks to the numerous bridges that connect to it from Östermalm. The island is one big green oasis, perfect for biking, strolling or picnicking. But there's more to this giant park than meets the eye. What lies within Djurgården is a treasure trove of activities, including some of the city's top attractions. Here, you'll find Rosendals Garden, Skansen, the Vasa Museum and 21 other museums, including one dedicated solely to the Swedish pop group ABBA. There's also an aquarium and amusement park, perfect for traveling families.

But don't worry, there are still plenty of spaces to unwind. Hit up one of the island's many coastal or canal pathways, or rest your legs at Isbladskärret, a small lake area home to numerous different types of birds and small herd of Scottish Highland cattle. In addition, there are plenty of eateries scattered around the island (previous visitors particularly recommend getting a bite at the greenhouse cafe at Rosendals).

Recent visitors said the best way to experience Djurgården is by walking. Though travelers were amazed at the amount of things to do there, they found a simple stroll through the island's stunning greenery to be a highlight, with some saying they felt like they were in the country. Others said it can get crowded depending on day and time of year, but there's so much space to roam that finding a quiet spot among the trees is easy. Djurgården  is completely free to explore and aside from the various attractions, open 24 hours a day. To get to the island, you can take the ferry from Slussen or hop off the Kungsträdgården metro station and walk a little less than a mile east to the Djurgårdsbron bridge that takes you to the island. For more information, visit the Djurgården website.

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#1 Djurgarden In Stockholm, you don't have to travel far to experience the famous Swedish countryside. At Djurgården, you can get exactly that and so much more. The island of Djurgården ... Read more » ForsbergPhoto / Getty Images

#2 Gamla Stan (Old Town) In Stockholm, travelers don't necessarily need to venture to one of the city's museums to learn about its past. Instead, stroll through Gamla Stan, the neighborhood where Stockholm ... Read more » TanyaSv / Getty Images

#3 Monteliusvagen If you're the kind of traveler who can't leave a new city without experiencing a vista or two, consider a walk along Monteliusvagen. At less than a half-mile ... Read more » Westend61 / Getty Images

#4 Skansen Founded in 1891, Skansen is not only the world's first open-air museum, but also its oldest. The attraction illustrates five centuries of Swedish history through its showcase of ... Read more » ppl58 / Getty Images

#5 Vasa Museum On its maiden voyage in 1628, the most powerful warship in the Baltic, the Vasawas afloat only minutes before capsizing in front of stunned onlookers in the city's ... Read more » cb_agulto / Flickr

#6 Rosendals Garden (Rosendals Tradgard) Rosendals Trädgård is a public garden located on the island of Djurgården. When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, or simply a scenic place ... Read more » Rosa Menkman / Flickr

#7 Fotografiska Stockholm is full of unique museums. There's one dedicated to the band ABBA, another to a sunken warship (the Vasa Museum), and of course there's Skansen, the world ... Read more » Rasmus Andersson / Flickr

#8 Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) While Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia actually live at Drottningholm Palace (some 20 minutes west of Stockholm), Kungliga Slottet (Royal Palace) serves as their workplace and is ... Read more » Dave and Les Jacobs / Getty Images

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If you're looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, hit up Djurgården. The island is one giant park that offers visitors a taste of the Swedish countryside without the long travel time.  ForsbergPhoto / Getty Images

The old town of Stockholm, Gamla Stan, is the neighborhood where the city was originally founded in the 13th century. TanyaSv / Getty Images

Vistas galore can be found at Sodermalm, the neighborhood south of Gamla Stan. Recent visitors say a walk along Monteliusvagen at sunrise or sunset is essential during your time in Stockholm. Westend61 / Getty Images

Skansen is the world's first open-air museum, featuring 150 historical homes and farm dwellings sourced from all over Sweden. ppl58 / Getty Images

The Vasa Museum is dedicated to a massive warship that sunk almost immediatelty on its maiden voyage in the 17th century. cb_agulto / Flickr

Rosendals Garden on Djurgården is a favorite among both locals and travelers for its beautiful grounds and peaceful atmosphere. According to recent visitors, the attraction's greenhouse cafe is not to be missed. Rosa Menkman / Flickr

Fotografiska is considered to be one of the largest meeting spaces of contemporary photography in the world. This gallery has seen the likes of Annie Leibovitz and David LaChapelle. Rasmus Andersson / Flickr

The Royal Palace of Stockholm is one of the biggest in Europe, housing more than 600 rooms. It's so big that standard tickets allow visitors up to seven days to explore its interiors.  Dave and Les Jacobs / Getty Images

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