Brunnsviken. Photo: Leif Strååt
The Royal National City Park is the capital’s major green haven, lying within the three municipalities of Solna, Stockholm and Lidingö. It spans more than ten kilometres from Sörentorp and Ulriksdal in the north to Djurgården and the Fjäderholm islands in the south. A stone’s throw from Stockholm’s city centre you can experience a unique historic landscape interwoven with parks, beautiful buildings, woods and forests, open land and beaches, offering opportunities for visiting royal palaces and museums, strolling among ancient trees and swimming off your own private rock.
The park inhabits the Djurgården property, which has been royal land since late medieval times. Such an established royal connection is one reason why this area has remained relatively unexploited. Karl XI’s fishing cabin, the great palace establishments of Ulriksdal and Haga with their associated parks, and Djurgården’s pastoral landscape are all legacies of various monarchs. For many centuries the area has been admired for its beauty. From as early as the 18th century city folk have been able to come here for walks, outings and pleasure. Today the Royal National City Park is the most well-visited recreational area in the Stockholm region.
The park enjoys a rich plant and animal life, harbouring over 800 different flowering plants, more than 1,200 species of beetle and approximately 100 species of nesting birds. The many ancient oaks offer living space for both insects and birds, and constitute one of the largest collections of oaks in northern Europe.
The park is also a keeper of knowledge. Within its boundaries lie many of the county’s most famous museums, Stockholm University and a dozen other educational and research institutes.