In this week’s episode of Places of Interest, we explore a truly special neighbourhood in Stockholm. This place might be easy to miss in the abundance of beautiful and popular areas in the city but I can guarantee you that if you are a fan of luxurious estates, promenades in nature and/or seaside areas, you will love this place, too.
The park named after the world-famous inventor of dynamite starts near the magnificent Djurgårdsbron bridge and forms the western border of the neighbourhood. It was in 1912, a year after plans for a monumental building remembering Alfred Nobel had been designed, that the park received its current name. However, the so-called Nobel Palace (Nobelpalatset) was left on the paper and the plans have never been realised. There are other beautiful buildings you can admire from the park, though, such as the house of the ‘Old Forest Institute’ (Gamla Skogsinstitutet) in the picture above.
2. Djurgårdsbrunnsviken Promenade
Passing through the aforementioned park, you can enjoy a nice waterfront promenade that will take you all the way to Djurgårdsbrunn where you can cross the bridge to the island of Djurgården and explore many additional attractions if you would like. While on one side you will be able to adore views of the sea and perhaps a few nice boats, the other side will give you a plenty of opportunities to appreciate the exclusive architecture of the last century and dream about what it would be like to live in one of the following residences.
3. Villas at the ‘Diplomatic City’ (Diplomatstaden)
As the name suggests, the Diplomatic city is a neighbourhood where you will find a plenty of embassies and diplomatic residences. It has not always been that way, though, as the neighbourhood was originally planned and built as an exclusive residential area. The author of the city plan that designed this area was Per Olof Hallman and the villas were drawn by some of the most notable architects of the time including Ragnar Östberg, the architect of Stockholm City Hall, and Carl Westman, the author of the Court House on Kungsholmen.
Bünsow’s Villa (Bünsowska villan) standing at Nobelgatan 17 in considered the Sweden’s most expensive private villa as it was sold for 113 million SEK (approximately 11.9 million €) in 2007 after the prior transaction worth 115 million had not gone through. The property later appeared on the market yet again for a price of 147 million SEK (approximately 15.5 million €).
4. The English Church (Engelska kyrkan)
The English Church located in the heart of the Diplomatic city is not only a beautiful structure, but has an incredible story, too. Originally, it was designed by architect Gustavus W. Hamilton in Liverpool, United Kingdom. However, what is most interesting is that it was built between 1864 and 1866 on Wallingatan, in Stockholm’s Norrmalm district. It was later, in 1913, moved brick by brick to its current location in the Diplomatic city.
Museiparken is a park near the promenade that I have already mentioned, where you can find a plenty of diverse and interesting museums. The first museum in the location was the Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology (Tekniska museet) opened in 1936 followed by the Maritime Museum (Sjöhistoriska museet) built only two years later. Since then, a number of other museums accompanied the two including the Museum of Ethnography (Etnografiska museet) and the Police Museum (Polismuseet).
6. The Kaknäs Tower (Kaknästornet)
The Kaknäs Tower, named after an archaic name of the area, is a TV tower which was erected in 1967. At the time, the 155-metre-tall (170 metres including the antenna) tower was the tallest building in Sweden. Although it has been surpassed by several other buildings, it still offers great views of the city which you can enjoy if you decide to go up on one of the observation decks.
I hinted early in the post that Djurgårdsbrunn may be the end point of this tour if you feel like you have had enough. If that is the case, you might appreciate the presence of a bar and a restaurant, as well as a few other places where you can refresh yourself. If you would prefer not to follow the same path on your way back to the city centre, you can simply cross the Djurgårdsbrunnsbron bridge and walk on the other shore of the Djurgårdsbrunn’s canal (Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen) instead.
Stockholm’s Diplomatic city neighbourhood and the surrounding areas really do have a lot of beautiful places to offer so I hope you will get the chance to visit them for yourself. Keep browsing our site for more interesting places to see in Stockholm or sign up for our newsletter so that we can keep you updated on our new posts.
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