The Royal parks are open

Royal Djurgården and the Royal parks are open every day of the year, 24 hours a day – even during these unusual times. The large parks have plenty of outdoor space, and are easy to get to.

The Royal palaces are temporarily closed due to coronavirus and its effects, but Royal Djurgården and the other royal parks in Stockholm and Mälardalen are open as usual. These parks have been places for recreation and meeting others for centuries.

For hundreds of years, Royal Djurgården has been one of the most popular recreation areas for the people of Stockholm. It has long been Scandinavia's most visited attraction, drawing millions of visitors every year. Several of Stockholm's leading landmarks can be found here. There are lots of cafés and restaurants, many of which are open as usual for a coffee or a bite to eat, to eat in or to take away.

Plenty of space and variety

Do you prefer a sea view or a park view? Or why not both? The choice is yours! Djurgården is full of fantastic picnic spots. Together, southern and northern Djurgården have an area of around 1,000 hectares. This is almost three times the size of New York's Central Park, and seven times bigger than London's Hyde Park. In other words, there's plenty of space and little risk of overcrowding. The promenade around southern Djurgården alone is ten kilometres long, making it ideal for long walks or jogging. The Folke Bernadotte Bridge provides a new chance to walk via Museiparken to Rosendal Palace, or the other way around.

Royal parks and gardens

There are several Royal parks around Stockholm and Mälardalen, including the World Heritage Site of Drottningholm, Ulriksdal, Tullgarn, Gripsholm, Rosersberg and Strömsholm. They all have their own unique characters and histories.

So get out and enjoy yourself, while paying attention to the Public Health Agency of Sweden's advice. Remember to keep dogs on a lead, and dispose of your litter properly. Always leave the park as you would like to find it!

A warm welcome to Royal Djurgården and the royal parks – this spring, and at any other time of the year!

Top image: The Folke Bernadotte Bridge stretches across Djurgårdsbrunn Bay, at exactly the spot where King Karl XIV Johan built a floating bridge in the 1820s. Photo: Raphael Stecksén/Royalpalaces.se

There are a number of cafés and restaurants on Djurgården. Many of them are open as usual for a coffee or a bite to eat, to eat in or to take away. The tables are well spaced out both inside and out, and several of them have moved their dining areas outdoors for even more space. Photo: Jonas Borg/Royalpalaces.se

You will find wood anemone and ancient oaks growing along the paths and lanes, such as here on Royal Djurgården. Photo: Jonas Borg/Royalpalaces.se

The Royal Stables use Djurgården for daily training. Here, a horse-drawn carriage crosses Djurgårdsbrunn Bridge. Photo: Jonas Borg/Royalpalaces.se

Don't miss the Royal Walks app, which takes you on fascinating walking tours across Djurgården and through Drottningholm and Ulriksdal Palace Parks. The app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store and Google Play. The text is in Swedish and English, and is illustrated with new and historic photos. Photo: Raphael Stecksén/Royalpalaces.se

OPENING OF THE SUMMER PALACE CAFES:

Tullgarn Palace Café opens 13 June, see opening hours
Kina Palace Café opens 16 June, see opening hours

The Palace Park are open, read more here
Four of the Royal Palaces will open on 1 July, read more here

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