When Skogskyrkogården was founded at the beginning of the 1900s, the aim was to create something special, something original — a cemetery blending nature and architecture into a seamless whole
When the Skogskyrkogården’s architects Sigurd Lewerentz and Gunnar Asplund designed the landscaping and the buildings, they started with the experience of the visitors — the concept of mourning and the feelings surrounding it. Outstanding cultural and natural heritage.
This is also what enabled the 1994 inscription of Skogskyrkogården on the UNESCO World Heritage List of cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value.
The world heritage listing ensures Skogskyrkogården preservation and protection for future generations. UNESCO’s decision was based on Skogskyrkogården's qualities as a prominent example of architecture and a twentieth-century cultural landscape being formed into a cemetery. A cemetery that has greatly influenced cemetery design throughout the world.
Skogskyrkogården was only the second cultural heritage site from the twentieth century. All other cultural heritage sites are considerably older. More than 2000 funeral ceremonies are conducted here annually. The unique landscape room in conjunction with architecture and art represents a Nordic philosophy in the view of nature, life and death.
The nature at Skogskyrkogården is beautiful. There are over 10,000 pine trees and many are over 200 years old.
With the metro we travel to Björkhagen and visit the beautiful and architecturally interesting Markus church outside. Finally, we walk to the eco-village of Understenshöjden, planned and built by the residents as Sweden's first building community.
Includes: Authorized guide for 3 h.
Not included: SL-card for transport.