As you read in my last post it’s easy to access nature, even when you’re in a city. One of my favorite places to visit is Stadsparken, literally translated to the City Park. It’s only a short ten minute bus ride from down town or a quick 25 minute walk. However, this city park is a little different and not what you expect from a city park.
Stadsparken is a nature park and arboretum. Here you will be able to view animals in pastures, stroll two museums, learn about botanicals and enjoy old historical markers that are hundreds to thousands of years old. The park itself is fairly young and wasn’t established until 1896. The majority of the historical buildings, markers and alike were brought into the park.
The park also holds a soccer field, a dance pavilion for those late summer dances, mini-golf and cafe/restaurant. Plus an amazing view of the city since the park sits on a hill.
Well, let’s continue our stroll in the park. Enough old houses. I want to see some old rocks. Plenty of those too.
Mile markers or mile stones as they are also called held an important role in Sweden but were only made from stone from early 1600’s to late 1800’s. Before that they were made in wood and often held a different look depending on the county or providence. As the royal monarchy gained more power additional travel was needed to map out the landscape around them. Therefore mile markers with the king’s monogram were erected along the roads from the king’s castle in Stockholm as a way for his public servants to get paid for the amount of miles traveled.
Today these mile markers are protected under the law as historical artifacts. As you drive along the roads in Sweden you can still see many of them stand. Mile markers dates back to the Romans. Even with the modern use of GPS we still use mile markers today but seldom think of their historical purpose.
Well, looking at old stones have been fun (at least if you enjoy history and artifacts) but now it’s time to enjoy other parts of the park. Like old churches and church towers.
But there are so much more fun to enjoy at the park, like animal pastures. These are used for educational purposes and also allow for open space within the park. School groups will come and learn more about various animals and see them in a natural setting.
After strolling around in a portion of the park, that is about 92 acres, it was time for a break to enjoy the view.
I only covered a portion of the park but as you can see you can spend an entire day there and enjoy a variety of fun. And it’s only a short walk or bus ride from the city center.
Have you ever been a tourist in your own city?