One of Stockholm's largest islands, Djurgården, is often referred to as a "museum island" because it has several important - often world-class - museums.

But not only that. Djurgården is also home to Stockholm's largest amusement park, as well as vast parks and forests where many locals head for walks after work or on weekends.

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Museums on Djurgarden

You can easily spend several days at a stretch visiting the island's museums if you're a real enthusiast. And even if you only visit the museums by flying around the world, you should definitely set aside half a day for a visit.

We've compiled separate detailed information for several museums, which you can view by clicking on the museum name below.

  • Nordic Museum - the country's largest museum charting Swedish culture and history
  • Vasa Ship Museum - see the only and almost fully preserved ship from the 17th century
  • Skansen - an open-air museum telling the story of how life used to be in different parts of Sweden
  • ABBA Museum - an interactive exhibition dedicated to the legendary Swedish band
  • Viking Museum ( - a small museum of small Viking ships and the ancient history of Sweden
  • Junibacken ( - a museum of toys, children's literature and attractions for children under 10

Enjoy the fun

The high-rise carousels and roller coasters visible from afar suggest that Djurgården is not just about learning in the museums, but also about having fun.

On the south bank you will find Gröna Lund, Stockholm's largest amusement park with more than 30 attractions.

Inside the open-air museum Skansen, you'll find a small zoo or aquarium with more than 200 species of marine animals.

Parks, gardens and forests

The larger eastern part of the island is no longer built up with museums or theme parks, but an interesting mix of landscaped castle parks, forests and beautiful paths along the sea bay.

There are so many marked and unmarked trails that you can spend a whole day on Djurgården in good weather.

Although the centre of Stockholm is only 10 minutes away by tram, eastern Djurgården is an absolute oasis of peace and nature.

Accommodation in Djurgården

Directly on the island you will find only two luxurious and expensive hotels.

How to get to Djurgården

The island is easy to reach directly from the centre and the northern part of Stockholm.

  • The tram - line 7 runs once every 8 minutes from the main station and passes all the museums and theme parks, ending about a third of the way around the island.
  • Ferry - the Allmänna gränd dock is near the ABBA museum.
    • Line 80 sails every 15 minutes to the centre (Nybroplan) and then goes around eastern Stockolm with stops such as Nacka strand and Ropsten. The boat also stops at Blockhusudden at the eastern end of the island.
    • Line 82 connects the island with Gamla Stan (Slussen) and Skeppsholmen every 15 minutes.
  • Bus - line 67 runs every 10-15 minutes to northern Stockholm (e.g. Karlaplan or Odenplan) and follows the southern coast to the very end of the island.

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