Stockholm Parks and Gardens

Sweden is renowned for its sprawling countryside and idyllic coastline, which lends itself so well to outdoor activities throughout the year. One need not trek into the wilderness to appreciate the country's natural beauty, however, as a wide range of stunning green spaces can be found within Stockholm's city limits. From inner-city parks to idyllic island green spaces, there's plenty of nature spots to be found within easy reach of any hotels in Stockholm.

Stockholm's most popular parks
If you find yourself in the mood for a fairly lengthy, yet leisurely walk, then head north of the city centre to Observatorielunden, where a 17th century observatory forms the backdrop to this beautiful green space. Enjoy the views before stopping by the café for a coffee and some fresh waffles, perfect for satisfying those post-walk hunger cravings.

The northern outskirts of the city are also home to the Brunnsviken National Park, a vast seaside green space which attracts swimmers, sunbathers and walkers throughout the spring and summer months. Its botanical gardens, cafes and historical attractions, however, ensure it remains equally as attractive throughout the colder months.

Alternatively, combine a stroll in the park with a generous helping of culture at the Royal Djurgården Park, which is home to several museums, as well as vast parklands and tree-lined canals.

For those wishing to sample a taste of Swedish island life, head over to the idyllic Långholmen – a former prison island turned city getaway, easily accessible via a road bridge from the mainland. The old prison is now a hostel, whilst the island also features a beach, café and small museum.

Elsewhere, the Vitabergsparken offers great views of the city and is particularly popular during those long summer nights. Closer to the centre, meanwhile, both the Kungstradgården and the Berzelii Park are popular lunch-time hangouts with locals and visitors alike.

Best parks for entertaining the kids
Many of Stockholm's parks and green spaces feature children's activity areas, such as the centrally located Humlegården where you'll find playgrounds, skateboard ramps and a café (open during the summer months).

There's plenty of fun to be had at Tantolunden on the island of Sodermalm, where you'll find everything from mini golf to beach volleyball during the summer months. The significant snowfall in the winter months, meanwhile, usually sees hundreds of kids descend on the park to enjoy some sledding.

The city's cold winter temperatures make for excellent ice skating conditions, so head along to Vasaparken with the young ones in tow and enjoy a spin around the man-made ice rink from early morning to late evening.

Best gardens and parks for experiencing nature
Escape the city centre for the day and make your way to Hagaparken, where you can enjoy easy access to a wide range of walking trails, historical points of interest and boat tours. It also features the Haga Palace, originally built for King Gustav IV. The park's stunning natural beauty and seemingly endless walking paths can be enjoyed all year round.

Elsewhere, one of the most eye-catching areas of Stockholm is the Royal National City Park, also known as the Eco Park, which is recognised as the world's first national urban park. This six mile long beauty spot has something for everyone, from amusement parks and sports facilities to idyllic bays, tree-lined meadows and small boat harbours.