ABBA lovers will certainly visit Djurgården during their city trip to Stockholm. The ABBA-museum was the ultimate push for me to finally book that city trip to Stockholm. The rest is history… 😉 Besides the ABBA museum there are more places of interest for the ABBA-fans on the island. For example, Stig Anderson, the manager of ABBA, lived in Villa Ekarne on Djurgården.
Villa Ekarne or Laurinska villa as the building is also called, was designed by the Swedish architect Ragnar Östberg. The building dates from 1907. The first owner was the publisher and art collector Torsten Laurin. He had one of the largest art collections in Sweden at the time! A large painting by artist Carl Larsson is said to still be in the hall: De Mina.
More recently, the German embassy was located in Villa Ekarne. You can’t do much more than glance through the fence, but you see that this house has a specific architecture. On the Swedish wikipedia they say the following (free translation):
The style of the house is characterized by National Romanticism and also has clear Anglo-Saxon characteristics from the Arts and Crafts movement. Villa Ekarne has been designed in such a way that it merges inextricably with nature on the high and mountainous plot. The villa, like Östberg’s later Villa Mullberget, is clad in dark brown wood shavings and was originally glazed with colored vitriol to achieve a grayish tint. The plinth and the terrace are made of granite, while the roof is covered with glazed green roof tiles.
How to reach Villa Ekarne?
If you walk from Skansen or ABBA – The Museum via Djurgårdsvägen towards Rosendals Trädgård, you will pass the villa on your left.
One of Djurgården’s most impressive buildings is the Renaissance-style Nordiska Museet building. This museum houses several exhibition spaces where you can discover everything about Swedish culture from the Middle Ages to the present.
It was Artur Hazelius who was also the founder of the nearby Skansen, who took the initiative for Nordiska Museet. The current slogan of the museum ‘Känn dig själv‘ is also from the same Hazelius. The collection also contains more than 8,000 objects with a link to the history of the Sami. Furthermore, Nordiska Museet has a large collection of clothing, jewelry and design objects that illustrate Swedish culture over the years.
In addition to the exhibition spaces, Nordiska Museet also has a cozy cafeteria, an extensive library and a play area for children. During the Christmas season they put up a big Christmas tree in Nordiska. Definitely worth checking out!
The main hall is, after Globen, the largest non-denominational space in Sweden. It is 126.5 meters long and 24 meters high. The project was originally supposed to be 4 times as large, but due to a lack of money they had to adjust this.
Nordiska Museet is open daily. On Tuesdays between October and May, admission is free between 1 pm and 5 pm. Otherwise, a ticket costs 140 kroner (about 14 euros) for adults. Up to the age of 18 there is free access.
The most recent info can be found on their website.
Almost every time I’m in Stockholm, I want to take a walk around all the islands. Soaking up the city in the always too short time that I am there. On Djurgården I like to pop into Rosendals Trädgård. I then dream about how I would buy plants for my balcony if I lived in Stockholm.
Rosendals Trädgård is a unique place, in the middle of green Djurgården. It is a garden center, a catering business, bakery and so much more in one. The greenhouses and gardens are wonderful places to relax. You can go there for salads, sandwiches, soup, pastries and fika. They only use organic and organic ingredients. They try to serve as many things as possible from their own garden.
In the shop you can also find ecological groceries, homemade cakes and other treats. Another conservatory has been set up as a garden center where you can buy plants, accessories and seeds for your own garden.
Rosendals Trädgård is also recommended in winter. In the leading up to christmas they have their midwinter celebration with a big bonfire. It has to be one of the nicest winter events I’ve ever experienced.
Rosendals Trädgård is pretty much Stockholm’s favorite spot. It can get quite busy, especially on sunny days. Are all seats occupied? No problem, you can also use the lawns. On less warm days it is wonderful to relax in one of the many greenhouses. The idea of a large greenhouse as an outdoor room in the garden appeals to me. If I had a large garden, I would certainly have my own Rosendals Trädgård built! I can already see it: with lights at dusk to complete the atmosphere.
Workshops & events
You can also rent the greenhouses at Rosendals Trädgård for private parties. They have special formulas such as pizza or BBQ nights. Those who want to organize a julbord can also contact them. They even organize weddings! I can’t think of a better dream location.
They also regularly organize workshops. For example, you can go there for a ‘gardening on your balcony’ course. No superfluous luxury for the Stockholmers who often live in a small house.
Shop and bakery
In addition to the extensive range in the cafe, you can also take home something delicious in the shop next door. Everything is organic and with a heart for sustainability and the environment.
The bakery with wood oven provides fresh bread and pastries daily. They serve these in the cafe, but you can also buy them in the bakery.
Garden lovers really enjoy themselves here. Green fingers can get inspired and make purchases to their heart’s content. From garden tools, accessories, books to seeds and plants…
In the summer months, a small part of the garden is provided with cut flowers that you can pick yourself. In the garden center you can borrow scissors, pick flowers to your heart’s content and pay for the cut/plucked flowers at the cash register.
Photo below: A mini version of a kräftskiva – the lobster feast, with delicious aioli mayonnaise.
Rosendals Trädgård is free to enter. In the shops and the restaurant you can only pay by card.
From the beginning of April to the end of September Rosendals Trädgård is open every day from 11am to 5pm (closed during the midsummer weekend!). In February-March and October to December 21 Rosendals Trädgård is closed on Mondays, the other days open from 11am to 4pm.
Address: Rosendalsterassen 12, Stockholm of Rosendalsvägen 38, Stockholm
How do you reach Rosendals Trädgård?
With tram line City line 7, from Kungsträdgården you can easily reach Djurgården. For Rosendal take stop “Bellmansro“. It is a five minute walk from there. Follow the arrows towards Rosendal, or towards Prins Bertils Boulehall.
Those arriving by car cross the Djurgårdsbron, drive past Skansen and Gröna Lund, towards Waldemarsudde. From here there are directions for parking at Rosendal. All parking spaces at Djurgården are paid.
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