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City parks in Stockholm

September 25, 2006

Stockholm has about 38 hectares of parkland and greenbelt areas with some 35,000 park trees. Here are some of the most known ones.

Hagaparken, on the outskirts of Stockholm city is a huge park with lots of biking and running trails, as well as big meadows and forest areas overlooking the water. There are also several things to see in the park. There is a butterfly house which is well worth a visit. In the Solna part of the park, near the butterfly house, there are a few small buildings that were built for the royalties in the 18th century. How to get there: take a bus to Roslagstull or Haga norra or Haga Sodra.

Humlegården was established during the reign of Gustavus Adolphus as a place to grow brewers’ hops. Later, it evolved into a kind of amusement park, with carrousels and dance pavilions. The lime trees lining the avenues probably date from the reign of Queen Kristina. In 1877, the Royal Library moved here, and today has huge underground archives. There are many statues, including figures of Carolus Linnaeus and the chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele. Tours of the Royal Library are arranged during the summer. How to get there: take the subway or bus to Stureplan/Ostermalmstorg.
This popular meeting place served as a kitchen garden for the court during the Middle Ages. It was long the sole province of royalty. The first Swedish arts and industry exhibition was held here in 1866. Kungsträdgården was also the scene of the “battle of the elms”, when its elms were slated to be felled to make room for an underground station. Ultimately, they were spared the axe and the station was built a short distance from the park. Today, the park is home to an open-air stage, a winter skating rink and several restaurants and cafés. The northern section of the park was given a facelift in 1998. Among the statues are figures of Karl XIII (with the lions) and Karl XII. How to get there: take the subway or bus to Kungsträdgården or Hamngatan.
Vitabergsparken, on the southern part of Sodermalm, was laid out at the turn of the century, and contains within its precincts Sofia church (1906) and a number of historic wooden houses. How to get there: bus to Sofia (bus 2) or Asogatan (bus 3) or walk from subway station Medborgarplatsen or Skanstull.