Stockholm has gorgeous Spring weather this week, so a friend and I headed out to Djurgården yesterday to take advantage of the sunshine. This island is a must for all visitors! Not only can you find art galleries and museums (like the Vasa and Skansen) here, but it is also a huge park... in fact Djurgården is the world's first national city park.
New tram at Waldemarsudde stop
Guests of the Rival Hotel can easily reach the island by taking the commuter ferry from Slussen. But if you find yourself in the downtown area then there is another great way to get to the island: street car (spårvagn)! They have recently (August 2010) extended the line and added new modern trams. The street car line now travels between Sergels Torg (next to T-Centralen subway station) and Waldermarsudde (on Djurgården). Along the way the street car stops at such popular sites as the NK department store, Norrmalmstorg, Strandvägen, Vasa Museum, Skansen and the tivoli Gröna Lund. Click here for a map showing the stops. The antique trams are still in service as well, though they only travel between Norrmalmstorg and Skansen. Stockholmers quickly gave the new street car line the nickname "NK Express" because of its stop in front of the popular department store NK.
Antique tram at Norrmalmstorg stop
Tickets cost 30 SE for adults and 15 SEK for children between 7 and 19. Two children under 7 may travel free when accompanied by an adult. There is no charge if you have the Stockholm Card or one of SL's period based cards (1 day up to 1 month). The SL cards are those that you use for the subway and buses as well. One time SL paper tickets are not valid. Click here for more information about public transportation in Stockholm.