As I said before in a previous post: What better way to unwind from a great but energy consuming gathering than a long walk. So tea in flask and out I went. From my hotel I just have to cross the street to reach the fields of Ladugårdsgärde so that is where I start.
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First I need a more detailed map.
Ladugårdsgärde was originally the field where the cows of the royal cowshed were grazing. After 1670 it was part of the royal deer park of Djurgården. From around 1700 the park was used as a military exercise field. Similar to what sporters do today. The military exercises, parades, field manoeuvres and troop inspections were hold here till the 1940s. Since 1890 the area was also used for May Day demonstrations. Since 1931 large parts of the area has been filled with buildings.
This television-tower is 155 meters high (170 meters with antenna) and was finishes in 1967. In those days it was the tallest building in Scandinavia. Of course I could have gone up there, the menu of the restaurant that is up there looks good and that restaurant must have an amazing view. It was however to early for lunch and my legs wanted to move. So perhaps another time. Now I go to move through the woods.
Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde
Prince Eugene got this area around 1900 and used it to store his collection of art. Besides of the interesting old buildings he added a few new buildings. Thereby creating an interesting park filled with art. He seemed to have been a not so bad landscape painter himself.
Skansen is a historical open air museum in Djurgården. Buildings and other items are brought from everywhere in Sweden to show people live in gone ages. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit this attraction.
At this end of the park there are several museums.