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A guide to Djurgården

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It’s a real tradition. When I’m in Stockholm I usually go for a walk on Djurgården on Sundays. I walk along Strandvägen to this island and enjoy the view of the water. On Djurgården I take a different route every time. Somehow I always end up at Rosendals Trädgården. Yes, this is what a perfect Sunday looks like to me!


Djurgården is the second largest of Stockholm’s 14 islands and it is certainly the greenest island. In addition to lots of nature, you can also go here for culture. You will find many museums, ranging from Vasamuseet to the ABBA-museum. Amusement park lovers will enjoy themselves in Gröna Lund and the youngest will have a great time in Junibacken – the Astrid Lindgren museum – and Skansen , the open-air museum with children’s zoo.

Did you know that there are also about 800 people living on the island? A piece of cake compared to the 10 million visitors who come to the island every year. Many buildings, including the Djurgårdsbron, date from the Stockholm World’s Fair (1897).

The name Djurgården

In the past (1600) the royal hunting grounds were located here. This is how the island got its name Kungliga Djurgården.

The pronunciation of Djurgården often causes confusion among tourists. You pronounce it as ‘juurgoorden‘ but you hardly pronounce the ‘d’. So it almost sounds like ‘juurgoorn‘ to some people. Literally translated, this means ‘animal garden’.

Officially, the name of the island is Valdemarsön, but except for the derived Waldemarsudde, I had never heard of it before writing this article myself.

Some of the highlights of Djurgården

For me personally, the Vasa Museum and the ABBA Museum are 2 must visits. I have been to both museums several times and each time I was respectively impressed and came out in a good mood. I also visited Skansen several times. This open-air museum always has great events around Sankta Lucia, Christmas, midsummer,… Below I list all museums & attractions and restaurants/eating spots on Djurgården.

Museums & amp; attractions on Djurgården

Other-sights-on Djurgården

  • Monument in memory of the victims of the Estonia disaster, a bit hidden behind the Vasa Museum.
  • Galärvarvskyrkogården, a cemetery where, among others, Stig Andersson (manager of ABBA) and Anders Franzén (who located the Vasa) are buried.
  • Villa Ekarne where Stig Andersson lived.
  • Daniel & Victoria’s Kärlekstigen, a walking path that the Crown Princess and her husband were given at their wedding in 2010.
  • Isbladskärret, the ideal place for bird watchers.
  • Walking (or hiking) around Djurgården – a tour of 10 km.
  • Canoeing at Sjöcaféet
Kanoën bij Sjöcaféet

Restaurants on Djurgården

Hotels on Djurgården

Already tested myself:

Other popular Djurgården hotels:

Djurgården practical

How to reach Djurgården?

I prefer to walk via Strandvägen, over Djurgårdsbron to Djurgården. You can also go to the island by bicycle or electric steps. If you prefer public transport, tram 7 is your best option. It is also nice to go by ferry from Slussen. You then also see Stockholm from the water. The transfer is included in the prices of public transport. Finally, the bus is also an option. The nearest metro stop is Karlaplan.

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18 January 2021

Having Nordic dinner in Malmö: Bord 13

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Fans of The Bridge and culinary enthusiasts better be on the edge of their seats because Bord 13 is a highly recommended place for a delicious dinner and I am going to tell you all about my diner experience there! Read till the end for the link with The Bridge!

When I recently spent a few days in Malmö, I went to dinner at Bord 13, after a local told me it was her favourite restaurant. This restaurant is located in Engelbrektsgatan, at walking distance from Lilla Torget. It is one of the better restaurants of Malmö. Sommelier Pontus Elofsson comes from the star restaurant Noma (Copenhagen) and in the kitchen we find chefs Robert Jacobsson and Besnik Gashi.

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The restaurant  got a mention in the prestigious White Guide and the Michelin guide. The interior could easily feature in a Scandinavian design magazine. There is an open kitchen and you can also take a seat at the bar.

The menu of Bord 13

You can choose different small dishes or choose a menu but then the entire table has to choose a menu. We went for the four-course menu which they adapted without problems for the non-meat eater in the company (that will be me). The dishes on the menu provide surprising flavor combinations and they also serve lesser known products.

Bord 13 is known for fresh, local products with a lot of attention for organic origin. They combine a restaurant with wine bar. With the dishes you can always order suitable wines. For a menu you have to count on 50-60 euros per person, for the matching wines it is about the same amount. Not a cheap dinner but you definitely get value for money!

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The Bridge

In Belgium we have to wait a little longer for the fourth and last season of the popular Scandic noir-series Bron/Broen/The Bridge but Bord 13 was tipped to me as an (important) location in the new season! So soon I can add Bord 13 to this list.

28 December 2017

Tössebageriet in Östermalm (Stockholm)

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Speaking of tasty fika addresses in Stockholm, Tössebageriet certainly can not be missed. This authentic bakery in Östermalm is a real m’as-tu vu place along Karlavägen. It is one of Stockholm’s oldest and most authentic patisseries.



If you’ve ever heard of semmelwrappen, the wrap variant of the tasty semla pastries, you may already know Tössebageriet. It was this bakery that began with the hyped alternative version of semlor (in 2015). Tössebageriet can best be described as a classic Swedish bakery with tea-room that likes to remake a modern version of classics. The semmelwrap knew a huge success: at last there was a semla that you could eat without fuss.

Since 1920

Tössebageriet is one of Stockholm’s oldest bakeries. They have been at the same address since 1920. Helga Södermark began the bakery. She named the bakery after the village in Dalsland where they grew up.

You can go to Tössebageriet for breakfast, lunch and tasty treats for the fika hour. The sandwiches are fresh and with a lot of ingredients. The choice of fig bread is gigantic! I already tried their world-famous semla, their cardemum roll and the popular princess pie.

It’s a fairly small establishment so you need some luck to find a free spot. As soon as the sun is out, you can also sit on their terrace. The bakery is open every day of the week. If you are in Stockholm during the summer months, check out their opening hours because, like many other Swedish companies, they will close about one month during the summer holiday (often just after midsummer).

5 November 2017