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Hagaparken information

Stockholm , Sweden
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Bus: 52, 515, 607 Haga Norra, 59 Haga Södra
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Another of Stockholm's lovely green pleasure gardens, Haga Park also happens to have a royal pedigree. Begun by Gustav III, it is Sweden's purest version of an 'English park', and the surrounding area contains three royal palaces. Crowning the hilltop is the peculiar Koppartälten , built in 1787 as barracks for Gustav III’s personal guard. It now contains a cafe and a restaurant, as well as Haga Parkmuseum . Catch buses to Haga at Odenplan or Sergels torg.

Also in the park, Gustav III’s Paviljong is a superb example of late-neoclassical style; the furnishings and decor reflect Gustav III’s interest in all things Roman after his Italian tour in 1782.

The steamy Fjärilshuset recreates a tropical environment, complete with free-flying birds and butterflies and some very friendly fish. It’s a fascinating and lovely place any time of year, but it’s an especially delightful retreat on a cold winter day.