Djurgarden was once the royal Swedish family's summer residence. Today, Djurgården is one of Stockholm's most popular summer recreation spots. One of Stockholm's 14 islands, Djurgården offers the Vasa ship museum, the open-air museum of Skansen, the Waldemarsudde estate, and the Nordic Museum. Djurgården is located just east of Gamla Stan (Old Town).
Skansen is the largest open-air museum in the world and its first. Founded by Artur Hazelius in the 1890s, the Skansen has exhibits in traditional Swedish architecture from across the country and runs the gamut from windmills to churches and barns. Skansen park also features a theater, zoo, aquarium and an amusement park. To learn more about one of Stockholm's most popular attractions, visit www.fodors.com/world/europe/sweden/stockholm/review-100249.html.
Stockholm's Old Town or Gamla Stan is the city's most popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the globe with its historic architecture and charming dining. The Västerlånggatan is the Old Town's major shopping thoroughfare and is so narrow that it is nearly completely reserved for pedestrians, there are also many delightful antique shops and souvenir shops which line the streets of Gamla Stan. To learn more about Stockholm's most popular tourist attraction, visit www.frommers.com/destinations/stockholm/0066024555.html#ixzz1NtYjt04p.
The Royal Castle in Stockholm, or Kungliga Slottet, dates back more than 700 years and remains the official residence of the royal family even today. Located in Old Town, Stockholm's Castle has more than 600 rooms and is one of the few inhanbited royal palaces that is also open to the public. To learn more, visit www.frommers.com/destinations/sweden/0243020927.html#ixzz1NtZ56QZu.
Gröna Lund Amusement Park
Gröna Lund Amusement Park is modeled after its namesake in Copenhagen namesake, but is less the fantasy-like land of its counterpart and more similar to a true amusement park. Gröna Lund is home to a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, bumper cars, and the Power Tower, which is Scandinavia's tallest free-fall theme park ride and offers spectacular views of Stockholm. To learn more, visit www.gronalund.com.