Stockholm is a great place to explore with the family, offering a wealth of museums and attractions for children. Distances are short, and most places are within walking distance. Otherwise, the public transportation system takes you everywhere you want to go. Here are some top tips for a fun day out with the family.
Take a walk or catch a tram along Strandvägen to the Royal Djurgården national city park, a calm island oasis close to the city centre and home to several of the city’s top museums and attractions. Here, a visit to Junibacken is a must when travelling with children. Indeed this interactive storybook world of Astrid Lindgren is truly a delightful place to visit for anyone – young or old – who has read Pippi Longstocking, Emil in Lönnebergas, or stories by other Nordic children’s writers such as the Moomin novels by Tove Jansson.
At lunch time, stroll across the park for a bite to eat in the sun at Villa Godthem. Originally the home of legendary opera singer Carl Johan Uddman, this beautiful old villa with its lush garden has served as a restaurant since 1897, nowadays with updated versions of Swedish classics on the menu. The restaurant’s signature dish is the plank steak or fish, cooked on oak planks with a thin layer of virgin white cedar wood to enhance the flavour.
Gröna Lund amusement park
After lunch, head over to the Gröna Lund amusement park, for entertainment and attractions for the whole family, from roller-coasters, a fun house and merry-go-rounds to the highest carrousel in the world. With roots dating back to 1880s, the park is a true piece of Stockholm history. If the family is still feeling peckish after all the candy floss and hotdogs, then head back to the Grand Hôtel for an early evening hamburger at the Cadier Bar.