Humlegården

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Humlegården
Humlegården Stockholm 02 2005-09-11.JPG
The northern part of Humlegården with oak trees and lawns
TypeUrban park
LocationÖstermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
StatusOpen all year

Humlegården is a major park in Östermalm in Stockholm. It is the location of the Royal Library and in the centre of the park is a large statue of Carl von Linné, better known as Linnaeus.

History[edit]

Royal Park[edit]

Humlegården was originally the Royal Fruit Garden, established by King Johan III in the 16th century. The name humle, meaning hop, indicates that hops were one of the major plants grown in the garden. In 1686-87, Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark had a pavilion, Rotundan, built there for herself and her children.

Recreation Park[edit]

Already in the 17th century, parts of the park were opened to the public. In 1764, the park was opened for public recreation. There were, however, restrictions on who was allowed to be admitted.

From 1773 until 1780, the Stenborg Troupe performed in the Rotundan, in the former pavilion of the queen, then referred to as Humlegårdsteatern (Humlegården theater).

In 1853-1877, the Humlegårdsteatern was again in use.

Public Park[edit]

The park was completely opened to the public in 1869. At Engelbrektsplan next to Humlegården, the Djursholm line of the Roslag Railway ended from 1895–1960 and on the other side of the park, on Lidingövägen, the Lidingö Tram line ended from 1914–1967.

Today the park is a popular recreational area for locals, hosting a small soccer ground, skateboard ramp, children's playground and lawns.

Gallery[edit]

The Rotunda in the 1860s
Statue of Carl von Linné by Johannes Kjellberg, erected in 1885

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Humlegården at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 59°20′21″N 18°04′22″E / 59.33917°N 18.07278°E / 59.33917; 18.07278