Djurgården island once served as the hunting grounds of the Swedish kings. Today, the island is still owned by the king, but he has been considerate enough to convert it into a national recreational island with a number of top attractions, from the Gröna Lund amusement park to the Skansen open-air museum and Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken (‘Pippi Longstocking Land’).
Stockholm, which is surrounded by approximately 30,000 islands, is itself built on 14 islands, each with its own distinct character. The small Gamla Stan, with the quaint old city, is located in the middle, while Norrmalm in the north is the cultural island and Södermalm in the south the shopping island. In the east, you’ll find Djurgården (which means ‘animal yard’), which is the leisure island, a green oasis with woods, picnic fields, beaches, hiking trails and world-class museums.