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. Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark had a pavilion, Rotundan, built in the 1680s for her and her children. Already in the 17th century, parts of the park were opened to the public. In 1764, the park was opened for public recreation; the Stenborg Troupe often performed here, and from 1773 in the theatre Humlegårdesteatern, which was opened in the former pavilion of the queen. There were, however, restrictions on who was allowed to be admitted.
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.
- Stenborgska skådebanorna, Johan Flodmark
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