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Discover Swedish history at Nordiska Museet

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Nordiska Museet

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!

Knutsdagen - Julgransplundring

The building

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.

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Practical information

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.

Address: Djurgårdsvägen 6-16, Stockholm

Tips nearby

Tip: Nordiska also has a satellite, an hour’s drive from Stockholm: Julita Manor.

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17 July 2021

Rosendals Trädgård: a Stockholm favourite

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Rosendals Trädgård

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

Unique place

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

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.

Rosendals Trädgård

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

Rosendals Trädgård winkel

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 shop

Tuinwinkel Rosendals Trädgård

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…

Self-pick garden

Zelfpluk Rosendals Trädgård

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. 


Autumn in Rosendals

Practical information

Rosendals Trädgård is free to enter. In the shops and the restaurant you can only pay by card.

Opening hours

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

Rosendals Trädgård

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.

More info: Rosendals Trädgård


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16 July 2021

Art in the metro of Stockholm

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Kunst in de metro Stockholm

The metro in Stockholm is a great work of art. Art can be found in almost every one of the more than 100 metro stations. You could say that the art in the Stockholm metro, at 110 km, is the longest art gallery in the world. You can see works by more than 150 different artists.

They have been working on this unique art project since 1957. Every new metro station was immediately assigned a few works of art and they gradually took care of the older stations as well. Specialists can tell from the design of the metro station in which decade it was built.

Stadion Stockholm

To be honest, this art in the subway often looks more impressive on photo than in reality. I had already passed a number of works of art several times and it was only when I recognized the spots on Instagram that I appreciated it more.

Regenboog trap in metro Stockholm

The highlights of art in the metro

When I’m in Stockholm, I try to do as much as possible on foot. Only for the sights a bit further from the center or if my feet are really tired, I take the metro. Because I wanted to see as many works of art in the metro as possible, I studied where the highlights could be found. Then I mapped out a route to see as much as possible with just 1 metro ticket. With 1 ticket you can travel 75 minutes. Cost: about 4 euros.

T-Centralen: kunst in de metro palmtakken

Start your journey in T-Centralen where you can see art on different floors. The ceiling with blue palm branches and workers can be seen on the level of the blue line.


On the red line, Stadion is a must visit. This station is close to the Olympic stadium of Stockholm and it is here that you can find the famous rainbow ceiling. Each color of the rainbow represents a continent.

The station of Solna seems to be on fire due to the fiery orange color. In  Rådhuset, history takes the center stage. Both are along the blue line.

I finish in the metro station of Kungsträdgården (blue line). Various works of art can be seen here. You can even see the ruins of an old Malakös palace that was located here from 1643 to 1825. Save the best for last. Something like that.

Kunst in de metro

Guided tour in the metro

If you want to follow a free guided tour, these are organised all year round (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) in Swedish. In the summer months this is also in English. The tours start at 3 pm at the SL Customer Center in T-Centralen. You only need an entrance ticket for the metro. You can find all the info here.

Update: because of corona the tours are currently cancelled.

Stockholm City

In 2017 Stockholm got a completely new metro line + metro station. Citybanan should separate the commuter traffic from the regular train lines. This new metro line (Pendeltåg) also included 2 new stations: Odenplan and Stockholm City. Stockholm City is located below T-Centralen, at a depth of over 40 meters.

When I went to Mall of Scandinavia and Barkarby Outlet, I took this Pendeltåg. Those who need to go to Arlanda (one of Stockholm’s airports) can also depart from this station. Uppsala is also along this line. While waiting for the Pendeltåg, I took the time to photograph some of the 14 new artworks in Stockholm City.

Have you taken the metro in Stockholm yet? Which station is your favorite when it comes to metro art?

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16 July 2021