Is there a better way to enjoy the summer and the warm weather than having a picnic in a nice park? To pack a basket full of goodies or buy something tasty, and then spend all day in the grass or on a nice park bench? Probably not, and Stockholm is perfect for park picnics.
Despite all the water surrounding it, 40 percent of the city consists of parks and green areas, and the inner city offers as much as 400 parks. In other words there is a lot to choose from. Many of the parks also combine nature with culture in the form of beautiful sculptures and flowerbeds. Additionally, there are often beautiful houses and buildings to look at.
Here are a few suggestions if you want to have a park picnic in Stockholm:
A large part of the green island and neighborhood Djurgården consists of park areas with beautiful nature where you can have a picnic or stroll on one of the many walking paths. Above all, it is all the thick and majestic oaks that characterize the nature of Djurgården. And of course, all the water that frames the island enhances the experience even further.
In addition to nature, you can also enjoy the numerous museums, beautiful houses, embassies, and other attractions such as Skansen, Gröna Lund, Junibacken, the Vasa Museum, Liljevalchs Art Gallery, Waldemarsudde and Rosendal. If there isn’t enough picnic food, there are also a number of restaurants and cafes on Djurgården.
Tram 7 from Sergels torg
Bus 69 and 44
Djurgården ferry from Slussen
Humlegården – Photo credit: © Anders E. Skånberg
Humlegården (Hop Garden) is a park located in Östermalm. In this green oasis you can find large lawns and many park benches to sit down and have a picnic on. It was built in the seventeenth century s as a royal garden, where they among other things grew hops and that is how the park got its name. Here you can find several nice sculptures and also the Royal Library, the national library of Sweden.
Subway station Östermalmstorg or Stadion
Bus 1, 2, 42, 44, 55
Kungsträdgården – Photo credit: © Kiev.Victor / Shutterstock.com
Kungsträdgården, in Swedish often called ‘Kungsan’, is a park located in Norrmalm in central Stockholm. Along with Humlegården is the city’s oldest park, and between 1635 and 1825 the castle Makalös was located here. Today’s royal splendor consists of statues of the kings Karl XII and Karl XIII. There are also several other works of art to enjoy in the park, including Molins fountain, built in 1873.
The park was originally a beautiful baroque garden, but today it is unfortunately short on green space. In order wards your picnic will probably have to be done on a park bench. But sitting on the bench you have so much to look at, and it’s the perfect spot for those who like to look at people passing by. There is always a lot going on in Kungsträdgården, and among other things there is a large stage which often hosts concerts.
Subway station Kungsträdgården or T-centralen
Bus 2, 43, 52, 55, 62, 65, 69, 76
Rålambshovsparken – Photo credit: © Jan Ainali / Wikimedia
Rålambshovsparken, also called ‘Rålis’, is located in the district Mariebergsvägen on Kungsholmen. It was one of the first parks in Stockholm created with the functionalist principles. The park is part of the Fredhällsparken – North Mälarstrand boardwalk and the northern part of the bridge Västerbron, called Little Västerbron, stretches over the park.
The park contains several beautiful sculptures and an amphitheater with seating for 5,000 people, which was built for Stockholm’s 700th anniversary in 1953. If you are interested in theater you can enjoy Parkteatern’s performances during the summers (no entrance fee).
Otherwise, the park is ideal for sunbathing, picnicking or barbecuing. And if you feel like moving your body, there is plenty of space for football, rounders, or frisbee. Moreover, Friskis & Svettis (non-profit exercise organization) offers outdoor exercise, and there is a great skate park for those who like skateboarding. If you feel like swimming you can go to the closely located Smedsuddsbadet.
Subway station Fridhemsplan
Bus 1, 4, 40, 62, 77 (get off at Västerbroplan)
Vitabergsparken – Photo credit: © Kerstin / Shutterstock.com
Vita bergen, also called Vitabergsparken or ‘Vitan’, is located in the eastern part of Södermalm (Southern Island) and is largely a cultural reserve. The name (which means White Mountains) is believed to come from the bright color of the bedrock. The park has two peaks, on one you can find the Sofia church, and on the other a music pavilion, which is considered one of Stockholm’s major cultural heritages.
The park has a lot of green spaces for those who want to have a picnic, sunbath, or play football or bowler. It is also ideal for pleasant walks. Furthermore, the area includes an outdoor theater that in the summer is used by Parkteatern for free theater, a dance floor, and one of Stockholm’s oldest allotment gardens.
Bus 3, 55, 66, 76
Hagaparken – Photo credit: © Peter Isotalo / Wikimedia
Hagaparken (Haga Park) is located in Solna just north of Stockholm, and is a vast and popular destination. This historical and royal park is British inspired and was built by King Gustav III. Nowadays, it is also part of Sweden’s first national urban park Nationalstadsparken Stockholm-Solna. The park is well worth a visit, among other things, it has been chosen as the best example in the world of an English park.
For those who want to have a picnic, there are plenty of large green areas to enjoy. You can definitely spend a whole day here. If you would like to move your body, you can take a pleasant walk along Brunnsviken and admire all the parks’ beautiful buildings, including Gustav III’s Pavilion, Turkish Kiosk, Copper Tents and Chinese Pavilion. And of course, you can also get a glimpse of the Haga Palace, nowadays the residence of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.
Bus 2, 59, 515, 607
We wish you a great picnic in the parks of Stockholm!
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