The island of Djurgarden has many attractions which include: the ABBA museum; Junibacken, the children's museum, devoted to Pippi Longstocking, the protagonist of the series of children's books created by Astrid Lindgren; the Vasa Museum that houses the 17th century Vasa warship that sank off the coast of Stockholm on its maiden voyage in 1628; Grona Lund, the amusement park; the Biological Museum; the Aquarium; Nordiska Museet, Sweden's National Museum of cultural history; Skansen, the open air museum; and many more - the list is endless.
Waldenarsudde is another attraction, a waterfront property with beautiful grounds and fantastic views. We spent a whole day there.
Starting from Slussen we took the ferry to Djurgarden and then the tram and we ended up here - a small little harbour where the boats of the rich who live in this area are moored.
We took the path that would take us to the grounds of Waldenarsudde.
It was a very pleasant walk and once inside the grounds
we came upon this wonderful sculpture
Paret by Liss Eriksson
The grounds are full of sculptures but this was the star for me - it is stunning
it was a short walk before we reached the house
a three-storey mansion, designed by Ferdinand Boberg, and owned by Prince Eugen from 1899 until his death in 1947.
Easels that been set up for the art lessons that are one of the activities offered here
Herakles, by Antoine Bourdelle
lots of colour in the gardens
and the views are breath taking
The Old House where the Prince lived while the mansion was being built
the views are an integral part of these gardens
and because the whole complex is built on a peninsula, they are ever-present. Across the water, the Photography Museum on Sodermalm
the path circles round the peninsula
and we very soon reached Rodin's The Thinker
and on our right, another sculpture, one that would have to be investigated later
This spot provided good views of the house, and I immediately spotted Nike of Samothrace on the terrace
we walked up the steps to have a better look at Nike which was cast in bronze by Gustave Leblanc Barbedienne
once we had reached the terrace another sculpture caught our eye
Triton by Carl Milles
This is where The Thinker is so we went to have a closer look
the views ever-present
still on the terrace, Kvinnohuvud by Christian Eriksson
Leaving the terrace, we re-joined the path and came across the sculpture we had seen from above
view of the house
lots of colour
we arrived at this cosy seating area
facing a pool and this sculpture
Later in the afternoon I came back here and sat for half an hour enjoying the views while Ken went to do some further exploring.
The path led to the 18th century windmill
an oil mill, built in the 1780s - there are apparently only five of those remaining in the world
we walked to the end of the path
and caught glimpses of some wonderful houses
as I said earlier, some very rich people live in this area
we stopped at the old stables on our way back
an old cannon
a different view of the mill
and we reached another terrace
which is in front of the gallery, the second main building on the site. The gallery was built in 1913. We later went in and saw an exhibition of the paintings of German Expressionist Emil Nolde.
Skorden by Ivar Johnsson
even some hidden in the flower beds
We sat here for a while as it was very lovely and peaceful
There is a copy of this bronze sculpture inside the house, carved from marble, this time
and look! she's got a little frog by her feet.
We did go in even though I find the interiors of these grand houses quite boring. This is the prince's library.
I loved the sitting room though - so much light pouring in
and the views, of course
between the two windows you can see the marble copy of the sculpture that is in the garden.
And last, but not least, the wood burning stove - I developed a bit of an obsession while we were in Stockholm.