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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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