This English-style Haga Park was set up in times of an enlightened absolutist Gustav III who ruled in the late 18th century. That’s why the park, just like a famous trend in design and architecture, is often called ‘Gustavian’. Located a bit northwards from the historical area of the city, it invites visitors to make long walks and bicycle tours around it. You’ll discover a lot of interesting stuff here: unusual Sultan's Copper Tents (horses were kept here back then) and the Temple of the Echo (an outdoor summer dining hall). Gustav III wished to build a grandiose castle in the park, but the work on the project was cancelled in 1792 when the king was mortally wounded by a Swedish Jacobin at the costume ball. These dramatic events became the theme of Verdi's Masquerade. That said the king managed to build a small elegant pavilion in neo-classical style, which interiors he designed himself.
Sad but true, Haga Palace at the Bay of Brunnsviken is no longer open to the public: it is the residence of royals – Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel – since 2010. By the way, Haga Park features a flawless ecology. In the end of the 20th century Haga became part of the City Ecopark – the first national park in the world, which lies within the capital.
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