For several years now, Djurgården’s attractions have been working together for the long-term sustainable development of Djurgården. September 27th 2022 we were presented the Green Destination Platinum award for structured work in accordance with the UN Sustainability Goals. On November 15 2022 Royal Djurgården joined as a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on climate action in tourism.
The story behind this site? In spring 2020, the world stopped and our way of working completely changed. Once we realised the extent of the impact, we asked ourselves the question: How can we keep our sustainability work going during the pandemic? The answer: we needed a knowledge bank to inspire one another and others. We hope you enjoy reading all about our sustainability work at Royal Djurgården!
A clear focus
Working sustainably is not just important, it is something our visitors expect us to be doing. Which is why we work together to make sure that your visit to Djurgården has a positive impact.
We work systematically and follow a structure. We continuously analyse our sustainability work, through which we have identified the areas in which we can make the biggest impact. Based on these, we have established four focus areas; all of our work is also consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Our four focus areas
Through working together and sharing our knowledge, we inspire one another to reduce our carbon footprint. We work with others to bring about further change and achieve set goals within our four focus areas.
“Djurgården itself is a symbol of sustainability because of our ambition to connect Swedish cultural heritage with modern environmental thinking”
Watch our film where Björn Ulvaeus so eloquently describes our collaborative sustainability work at Royal Djurgården.
A big thank you to Björn for being our voice.
Djurgården has a proud history and is constantly evolving. We will see new attractions open and existing ones develop. Visitors from near and far have come here for over 400 years to experience culture and have fun. Today, Djurgården is Scandinavia’s #1 attraction, and right now it is our responsibility to make sure that visitors can continue to come to Djurgården for another 400 years. Therefore, 55 of our attractions have come together based on five shared values, which influence our choices and inform our joint decisions and actions.
Open, accessible, welcoming
Protecting our cultural heritage and looking ahead
Working and evolving together
Djurgården gets its name when Johan III builds a royal hunting ground (‘Diwregård’) with deer, moose and ten reindeer.
Karl XI fences off Djurgården as a hunting ground. The public have to pay an entrance fee to come in, which covers the cost of the fences and gates. The gate fee was later abolished in 1872.
32 premises serve drinks at Djurgården, a destination that will later feature in one of Bellman’s songs. Today, Djurgården is home to well over 30 restaurants.
Karl XIV Johan’s palace, Rosendal Palace, undergoes a final inspection. The Palace Park is currently being revived.
Hasselbacken opens its doors. But the Hasselback potato won’t come until 1953. Today, Hasselbacken’s new project aims to bring back its glory days.
Horse-drawn trams run between Slussen and Allmänna gränd. In 1904, they are replaced by electric trams. Today, you can take this fossil-free mode of transport from Waldemarsudde to T-Centralen.
Gröna Lund opens.
Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum, opens for visitors. Cirkus opens in 1892, followed by Nordiska museet in 1907.
Djurgården hosts the Stockholm World Fair. Djurgården Bridge becomes a new means of access to Djurgården, as does the Djurgården Ferry. Additional exhibitions take place in 1909 and 1930.
Art takes centre stage at Djurgården when Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde is built. Shortly afterwards, in 1916, Liljevalchs opens, followed by the Thiel Gallery in 1926.
The Stockholm World Fair takes place at the Museum Park. The National Museum of Science and Technology opens in 1936; the Maritime Museum in 1938 and the Museum of Ethnography in 1978. The Police Museum and National Sports Museum both open in 2007.
The Vasa museum opens, now Europe’s most-visited museum. Its neighbour, Junibacken, moves in in 1996.
The world’s first Royal National City Park is formed. The events park is cited as one of Stockholm’s most important attractions, with a focus on further development.
The Museum of Spirits opens at Djurgården. ABBA The Museum and Nya Djurgårdsvarvet open in 2013, followed by The Viking Museum in 2017 and the Baltic Sea Science Center in 2019. VRAK – The Museum of Wrecks will open in 2021.
Djurgården’s attractions come together to run their own public transport and start the transition from disposable to reusable materials. Royal Djurgården’s restaurants join the Sustainable Restaurants network.
Folke Bernadotte’s Bridge – a pedestrian and cycle bridge – opens. The bridge connects the Museum Park and the Rosendal area.
The driverless 5G bus of the future is test driven at Djurgården.
At the annual meeting in April Royal Djurgården Society’s members adopt short- and long-term sustainability goals within the four focus areas.
Royal Djurgården is presented the Green Destinations Platinum Award, for working with sustainability issues in all Global Sustainability Tourism Council’s topics in a structured way. Together Royal Djurgården signed The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism.