The Royal National City Park

At the heart of our city

The Royal National City Park is the capital’s green oasis. Only a stone’s throw from the city centre of Stockholm you can experience a unique historic landscape interwoven with parkland, beautiful buildings, woods and forests, open land and beaches. You can everything here, from strolling in ancient forests and swimming off rocks to visiting stately homes and museums. The park stretches from Sörentorp and Ulriksdal in the north to Djurgården and the Fjäderholm islands in the south. It spans three municipalities: Solna, Stockholm and Lidingö. Little wonder that this is the most well-visited recreational area in the Stockholm region today.

The world’s first National City Park

It is unique to find such an extensive area of outstanding natural, cultural and recreational beauty and value still remaining within a capital city. In order to guarantee its high quality for the future, the Ulriksdal–Haga–Djurgården–Brunnsviken area was designated the world’s first National City Park in 1995. The park’s protection is stipulated in Chapter 4, Section 7 of the Swedish Environmental Code:

‘The Ulriksdal–Haga–Brunnsviken–Djurgården area is a national urban park. New development, new buildings and other measures shall only be permissible in national urban parks if they can be undertaken without encroaching on park landscapes or the natural environment and without detriment to any other natural and cultural assets of the historical landscape.’

The idea of collective and long-term protection of the area was conceived in the years around 1990, at a time when several major exploitation projects were in progress within and close to the future Royal National City Park. The need for sustainable long-term and shared care to preserve the area’s great value for the future was noted from many sources. Official bodies such as the National Heritage Board and the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning responded with directives to the government, and the Office of the Governor of the Royal Palaces also became involved. Several motions were submitted to parliament. The voluntary involvement of associations and societies and of private persons also played a vital role in the creation of the world’s first national city park.

The World Wildlife Fund, WWF, initiated its own project concerning the park and several new specialized associations were formed. Many of these were to join forces within the umbrella organisation of the union of Ecoparks. In 1994 the proposition ‘National City Park: Ulriksdal–Haga–Djurgården–Brunnsviken’ was accepted with broad support within the government.





It is easy to get out to the Royal National City Park! You will get most out of the visit if you go by foot or bicycle. Large parts of the park can be reached by public transport such as bus, the Stockholm Metro or boat. The park is crossed by a fine selection of footpaths and bicycle trails. Additional boats are laid on during the summer. Good starting points are Ulriksdal, Bergshamra, Stora Skuggan, Universitetet, Hagaparken, Tekniska Högskolan, Djurgårdsbron, Skeppsholmsbron or Slussen (Djurgårdsfärjan). 

Royal Djurgården, situated at Djurgårdsbron, is a special tourist information service for Djurgården.

Royal Djurgården

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