New bridge on Djurgården

Autumn 2018 will see construction begin on Folke Bernadotte Bridge – a bridge across Djurgårdsbrunn Bay, linking Museiparken with Rosendal.

The construction project is part of the commemorations marking the Bernadotte dynasty's 200 years on the Swedish throne.

More importantly, it will also provide better links between the various parts of Royal Djurgården: Rosendal, with the garden café and historical buildings as the royal summer palace, links with Museiparken (the museum park) – the area with five museums as the Maritime Museum and the National Museum of Science and Technology.

King Karl Johan's bridge in 1820

As early as the 19th century, King Karl XIV Johan had a pontoon bridge erected across the Djurgård Canal. He was having a summer palace built at Rosendal, his country estate, and he needed a short link between Rosendal Palace and the training ground at Ladugårdsgärde that he often visited on horseback. Traces of the bridge footing can still be seen on the shore at Rosendal. The floating bridge was used during the summer months between 1820 and 1848.

The Folke Bernadotte Bridge in 2018

The Royal Djurgården Administration will now be building a bridge across the bay, linking the various parts of Royal Djurgården, on the very spot where King Karl XIV Johan built his floating bridge.

The bridge will be eight metres long, bridging the canal between Museiparken and Rosendal with a single, slender steel span. The first turf for the construction project will be cut on 26 October 2018.

The bridge will be named in memory of Count Folke Bernadotte. He was appointed as the UN's first mediator following the Second World War. Folke Bernadotte lived at Dragongården, next to Museiparken (now the Chinese Embassy).

Linking southern and northern Djurgården

With its palace, palace park and famous gardens, Rosendal is sometimes overlooked as visitors make their way along Djurgårdsvägen. However, the new bridge will open up new routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

Top image: The new bridge has been designed by &Rundquist architects, with completion planned for autumn 2019. Photo montage: &Rundquist

King Karl XIV Johan had a bridge built back in 1820, making it easier for him to ride from Rosendal Palace to the military parades on the other side of the Djurgård Canal. This portrait of King Karl XIV Johan at Ladugårdsgärde shows parading guards and large crowds of people on the slope leading up to Borgen. Oil painting by Fredrik Westin, 1838. Photo: Royalpalaces.se

The new bridge will be named after the Red Cross official, diplomat and mediator Count Folke Bernadotte af Wisborg. Photo from the Bernadotte Library's collections.

The aim of the new bridge is to link Museiparken on the north side of the canal with Rosendal on the south. Rosendal is home to several historic buildings, including King Karl Johan's summer palace. Photo: Julius Bolin/royalpalaces.se

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