The lake Isbladskarret in Djurgarden island of Stockholm City in Sweden, as seen from the bird watching point, in the Royal National City Park.

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The vast Ekoparken, or Royal National City Park, is the world’s first national urban park. Established in 1995, it incorporates 26 sq km, stretching all over Stockholm and into the suburbs of Solna and Lidingö. The park is home to rare plant and insect species, some of which live nowhere else in Sweden. Several tourist attractions reside inside the park area (it incorporates Djurgården, Ladugårdsgärdet and the University area), so you'll probably end up wandering through it without even trying.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Stockholm attractions

1. Sjöhistoriska Museet

0.21 MILES

A must for fans of model ships – there are over 1500 mini vessels in the collection! The museum’s exhibits also explore Swedish shipbuilding, sailors and…

2. Tekniska Museet

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Tekniska is a sprawling wonderland of interactive science and technology exhibits. The Teknorama is a vast room of kinetic experiments and stations…

3. Etnografiska Museet

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The Museum of Ethnography stages evocative displays on various aspects of non-European cultures, including dynamic temporary exhibitions and frequent live…

4. Rosendals Slott

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On the northern side of Djurgården, Rosendals Slott was built as a palace for Karl XIV Johan in the 1820s. One of Sweden’s finest examples of the Empire…

5. Skansen Zoo

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Inside Skansen is this excellent zoo, with native Nordic animals, farm animals and a kid-friendly petting zoo.

6. Biologiska Museet

0.77 MILES

As notable for its creaky wooden building as for its collection of critters, the 1893 Biologiska Museet charms visitors with two circular floors of…

7. Nordiska Museet

0.78 MILES

The epic Nordiska Museet is Sweden’s largest cultural-history museum and one of its largest indoor spaces. The building itself (from 1907) is an eclectic,…

8. Historiska Museet

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From Iron Age skates and a Viking boat to medieval textiles and Renaissance triptychs, Sweden's national historical collection spans over 10,000 years of…