There is no doubt that this has been an extraordinary year – a year when we have really had to learn the meaning of social distancing. With this in mind, we have gathered our best outdoor activities with a royal connection, as it happens to be the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf’s birthday on the 30th of April.
The Royal Palace of Drottningholm is a unique place – it’s not only the current residence of the Swedish monarchs, but also a world-renowned historical site on UNESCO's World Heritage list and is considered a ” must see” when in Stockholm. The palace itself it currently closed due to current circumstances, but the Royal Gardens are still open for visitors. As you stroll through the Royal Gardens you can see inspirations from different centuries – here you can find everything from the meticulous Baroque gardens inspired by the French Royal gardens to the the English gardens from the 1700’s with quaint ponds, bridges and waterways.
Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde, originally the home of Prince Eugen, is now among the most-visited art museums in Sweden and beautifully located at the end of Djurgården. The museum is currently closed, but you can still visit the 70 000 square meter garden, which are filled with blossoms and statues – all personally purchased by Prince Eugen. The café, Ektorpet, has an outdoor seating area, which is open 11-17, Monday to Sunday. Here you can buy coffee and traditional Swedish “fika” as well as homegrown flowers and beautiful pottery.
Download the app ”Royal Walks” (Free on Apple App Store) that will guide you along the path from the Djurgården-bridge to the Royal Summer Castle of Rosendal . You can customize the walk based on your interests, like “Sculptures”, “Buildings” and “Parks and Nature”. There is even an option called the “Bernadotte Walk”, which will tell you all about the Royal Family of Bernadotte and their impact on Royal Djurgården.
The walkway named ”The Lover´s Trail” was consecrated in 2012 and was a wedding gift to the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel from WWF. The path is tucked away in the forest and takes you through the beautiful woods with pines, oaks and leafy trees.
May marks the start of Stromma’s popular Royal Canal Tour - a sightseeing tour that will take you around the island of Djurgården, which is a part of the Royal National City Park. There is a special audio guide for children, fun and informative at the same time, whilst the regular audio guide is available in over 10 languages. We have reduced the number of seats available on board to make sure our guests can keep the recommended social distance.