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Hagaparken in Solna - castles, gazebos and pavilions

Hagaparken in Solna is fantastic, and here you can stroll among castles, gazebos and pavilions from the time of Gustav III. We took the opportunity to make an excursion here with the electric bikes when the sun was shining on Friday. Follow us through the park!

Excursion to Hagaparken in Solna.

We live in Solna, but I still don't know when we were last in Haga Park. Surely it is a bit typical that you miss the sights and experiences that you have closest at hand? The cycle path was also completely new to us, and we cycled past some really nice old wooden houses at Blåkulla in Solna.


We entered the park via the northern gates of Haga. In the time of Gustav III, entrance tokens were given to authorised and trusted people, but since the 19th century the park has been open to the public.

Grindar Haga norra

Hagaparken in Solna

If you're not from here, Hagaparken is located in Solna, just north of the centre of Stockholm. You can get here by car or bike, or by bus from Odenplan, for example.

A royal park

Haga Park is, and has always been, a royal park. Gustav III had the park built in the 18th century, and our current king, Carl XVI Gustaf, grew up in Haga Castle with his sisters. Surely no one has forgotten the "Haga sisters"?


Haga Castle and Prince Gustav's monument

Today, Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel live in Haga Palace, and the palace and surrounding gardens are the only part of the park that feels private. The castle is well screened from view and the only thing in the neighbourhood I managed to photograph was Prince Gustav's monument.

This statue commemorates the 'Prince of Song' Frans Gustav Oskar. The Prince grew up in Haga, but was only 25 years old. Despite this, he was able to compose the music for several songs, such as 'Studentsången' (Singing the student's happy day...).

The castle grounds in Haga Park

Not far from Haga Castle is the 'Slottsgrunden'. If Gustav III had not been assassinated at the masquerade ball in 1792, Haga Park would have been much more impressive than it is today. The king was planning a grand palace, reminiscent of a temple with enormous columns. When he died, the plans were put on hold and all that remains are the foundations.


The English Park

In the time of Gustav III, it was fashionable to create 'English parks'. The ideal of an English park is to mimic nature, while offering surprises, such as buildings from other cultures or eras.


This spirit is evident in Haga Park. The park feels natural (even if it's actually a lot of work) and everywhere there are exciting buildings inspired by antiquity or China, for example.

Natural ... and surprising

The copper tents in Haga Park

One of the surprises of the park is the 'Copper Tents'. Commissioned by Gustav III, the tents were designed by architect Louis Jean Desprez and completed in 1790.

Originally, the tents were intended to serve as accommodation for the mounted high guard. When the military left Haga Park at the end of the 19th century, they were used partly as housing for park employees and partly as stables for the king's animals.


Today you can find a café and inn in the Copper Tents. We took the opportunity to have a simple lunch here, a root vegetable soup with bread. Absolutely perfect replenishment to cope with further experiences in the park!

Lunch i Koppartälten

Gustav III Pavilion

Gustav III's pavilion was completed in 1789, and the King moved in. He lived here until his death a few weeks after the fateful night of the masquerade ball.

Gustav III paviljong i Hagaparken

After the assassination, the King's brother, Duke Charles, lived in the pavilion for a time. The building was extensively altered in the 19th century, but the original interior has since been restored based on original drawings. The pavilion is open for visitors during the summer months.

Hagaparken i Solna
Hagaparken i Solna


There are many gazebos in Haga Park and the Eco-Temple is perhaps one of the most beautiful. This gazebo was built because Gustav III wanted to eat his summer meals outdoors if the weather was nice. The building was designed by Carl Christoffer Gjörwell, who at the time was a young associate of the architect Louis Jean Desprez. Why is it called the Eco-Temple? Well, simply because it echoes!

Ekotemplet i Hagaparken

Temple of Cupid and Psyche

Like many other buildings in Haga Park, the Temple of Cupid and Psyche was designed by Louis Jean Desprez. The temple was built to protect Tobias Sergel's sculpture group Amor and Psyche, but the sculpture never came to stand here. Today, Cupid and Psyche is in the National Museum. The temple was already demolished in 1869, as it was never put to any use. Today only a hill remains.

Turkish kiosk and Chinese temple

When I read "Turkish kiosk" on a sign, I thought that maybe you could buy falafel somewhere in the park, but no, that was not the case. The Turkish kiosk is a small building commissioned by King Gustav III, designed by the architect Fredrik Magnus Piper. The word 'kiosk' simply means gazebo or lookout.

There was no photo of the Turkish kiosk, but we took several photos of the Chinese temple. This gazebo was built in the 1780s, and one of the ideas was that from here you would have a view of other exciting places in the park.

Kinesiska paviljongen i Hagaparken

The cave

"The 'cave' in Haga Park is not really a cave, although it could have been a fitting feature of an English park. This is the opening of a blasted rock tunnel. The idea was that the tunnel would meet a shaft on the rock above, where a pumping device would fill a large pond with water. The purpose of this was to provide water for the castle's horses.

Later, Gustav III bought a windmill for the purpose, and today the water level in Brunnsviken is so low that the tunnel no longer has contact with the lake water.

Grotto i Hagaparken i Solna

The Royal Cemetery

The Royal Cemetery has been in use since 1922 and has been the official cemetery of the Swedish Royal Family since 1950. The cemetery is located on the island of Karlborg in Brunnsviken. The public can visit the site on Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm from May to August.

Park Museum and Butterfly House

The Haga Park Museum is located at Koppartälten. It is only open at certain times during the summer months, so we couldn't check it out. The butterfly house, which is super nice, we took the opportunity to check out:

Fjäril Haga

Walking or cycling in Haga Park

Above all, it is of course nice to walk - or perhaps cycle - through the Haga Park. We could have enjoyed a nice walk in the lovely weather. Now, when we wanted to check out several of the park's buildings on the same day, it was probably lucky that we had the bikes. The park is very, very big.

Cykla i Hagaparken
Hagaparke i Solna
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Have you been to Haga Park in Solna? What do you think of the park?

Facts about Hagaparken in Solna

  • Location: Haga Park is located in Solna, north of Stockholm. The park is located on the western shore of Brunnsviken, and extends from The Stable Farm in the south to Frösundavik in the north.
  • Name: Can also be called the Gustavian Park, after Gustav III.
  • Surface: 144 hectares
  • Locations: English Park, Pelousen (the lawn), Brunnsviken, Haga Spring, Haga Castle, the Royal Cemetery, the greenhouses at Övre Haga and Banvallen.

Activities and attractions

  • Attractions: The Gates, Copper Tents, Castle Grounds, Gustav III Pavilion, Gustav III's Urns, Eco Temple, Chinese Temple (Chinese Pagoda), Turkish Kiosk and Finnstugorna (Large Finnstugan and Small Finnstugan).
  • Activities: Walking, cycling, segway, Park Museum and Butterfly House Haga Ocean.
  • Sporting event: Haga Parkrun every Saturday at 9:30, Sports Day is organised every year on the initiative of Prince Daniel, park volleyball competitions are organised every Wednesday.


  • Eating establishments: Haga Forum, Stallmästaregården, Radisson Royal Blue Park Hotel, Koppartälten and Fjärilshuset.
  • Toilets: At the Copper Tents.
  • Read more: You can find more information at Visit Haga.

Opening hours and prices

  • Haga Park Museum: May-September, Saturday-Sunday 12-16, the museum is free (2020).
  • Gustav III's pavilion: June-August, guided tours at specific times between 12-16, 100 SEK for adults and 50 SEK for children and students (2020).
  • The Butterfly House: All year round with some exceptions. 10-16 on weekdays and 10-17 on weekends, 190 SEK for adults and 98 SEK for children (2020).

Getting to Haga Park

  • Car: From E4/Uppsalavägen, turn off at Haga Norra.
  • Bus: For example, take bus 515 from Odenplan. More buses can be found on

History of Haga Park: Gustav III

  • Early 18th century: The location was a rural and scenic area, with several inns.
  • 1770s: Gustav III bought Haga Gård (Old Haga). Inspired by the natural philosopher Rousseau, he created a simple park between 1771 and 1780.
  • 1780s: The current park was laid out in 1780-1797. In 1785, Gustav III acquired Brahelund's estate and the park doubled in size. The architects were Fredrik Magnus Piper, Louis Jean Desprez, Olof Tempelman, Carl Christoffer Gjörwell the younger. and Johan Christian Ackermann.
  • 1790s: Gustav III had big plans for the park, but when he was murdered by Anckarström in 1792, most of the plans were cancelled.

History of Haga Park: After Gustav III

  • 19th century: The park was opened to the public and became a popular destination. In 1863, the water level in Brunnsviken dropped and the canals in the park dried up.
  • 1930sGustav Adolf and Sibylla moved into Haga Palace. On 26 January 1947, Gustav Adolf was killed in a plane crash at the age of 40.
  • Present tense: Haga Park has been a national monument since 1935 and has been part of the Stockholm-Solna National City Park since 1944. Haga is currently managed by the National Property Board and the Royal Djurgården Administration.
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