Of course you can find besides all the food and handicrafts also lots of little gifts and decorations for Christmas, or in this case St.Lucia. I will write more about St.Lucia in my 'local custom tips'. Inspired by my trip to Taxinge I thought it would be nice to write a section about the Swedish Christmas traditions.more
Every year there is a big Christmas market at Taxinge Slott. I really enjoyed going to this market, there was so much to see and taste of all the different Swedish (Christmas) specialities. Of course the event being held in a castle makes it all the more appealing to go here. The castle and the castle grounds are decorated in a Christmas...more
As I mentioned in one of my previous tips, you can buy several types of herbs and spices at the Christmas market. And one thing we found were glögg and snaps spices. Hahaha, so we decided to buy some of that so we could make some home-made glögg and snaps. And I must say that the end result is great! As well as the snaps as the glögg have a lot of...more
Have you ever seen spettekaka before? Well, I haven't, hahaha, so I was fascinated by it. Spettekaka is a traditional Skåne sweet cake. Spettekaka is a meringue-like cake, created by drizzling the batter (dozens of beaten eggs, sugar and a bit of potato flour) slowly over a cone-shaped spit rotating over a slow fire. This forms many lacy layers....more
From the north of Sweden all the way down to here to bake fresh Lådda bread. That's 1000 kilometres away! It is amazing that the merchants come from all over the country to sell their products on this Christmas market.But besides all types of food you can buy all kinds of handicraft and often also see how it is made. Some examples of things that...more
The atmosphere at the Christmas market is so relaxed! There are lots of things for sale, and a lot of specialities you can taste. I had no clue where to look no more, there was so much! There are specialty breads, salmon, reindeer meat, sausages, honey, herbs and spices, jam, special glögg from the castle, candy, marzipan. Wow, too much to mention!...more
There are no special types of Christmas cakes in Sweden, so this not a real Christmas tip. But these cakes do have a lot with Taxinge Slott! The castle is kind of famous for the quality of their cakes and their assortment. I didn’t taste any, as it was too busy because of the Christmas market, but they sure looked delicious!
Swedes love having lots of lights on during the long winter evenings. And they don’t only use the electrical lights (see previous tip), but also lots of real candles. I saw a stand with these traditional shaped candles at the Christmas market in Hedlandet. These are handmade candles from Gränsö Slotts Ljusstöperi, and their candles are world famous...more
When I started this page I was promised to taste some lussebulla as it is something that goes with the Swedish Christmas tradition and I am told that it tastes great. I was even promised fresh home-baked lussebulla!!!! Arghhh, but I had none :-(( Hehehe, I think I will have to complain at the cook for that, lol. Oh well, Christmas isn't over yet,...more
It's late November and the early signs of Christmas are here in Sweden. I've just been to the biggest Christmas market of Sweden, here at Taxinge Slott. And I have to say it works contagious, I am already getting into the Christmas spirit. For most people, the preparations for Christmas begin at late November or early December and one of the first...more
The daylight hours (hours between sunrise and sunset) vary a lot between the winter and summer months. People may expect to see the midnight sun during the summer, because they are in Scandinavia. But this is not true for Hedlandet and Taxinge, because you are not far enough north in the country.
In December you will only have 6 hours to enjoy the day. The sun will get up around 8:30 in the morning but is already setting again before 3 o'clock in the afternoon and that doesn't leave you that much time to do some sightseeing.
In June it is a totally different world, and I love this time of year. Around the longest day (21 June) you will experience the long looooong days! There are 18,5 hours of daylight during those days, the day seems to last forever. The only disadvantage is when you are a light sleeper, as the night only last 5,5 hours.
Average hours of daylight:
• Anundshög: old burial mounds from Viking Age.• Birka: ruins from old capital city of Sweden.• Mariefred with Gripsholm Castle. A picturesque village and a beautiful castle. In the castle is also the Swedish National Portrait Collection.• Sigtuna: old city with lots of historical background.• Sko Kloster: one of the most popular castles with a...more
Taxinge is located at Lake Mälaren, which is the third in size lake in Sweden. It has a climate quiet different compared to other close by areas. It is more humid and warmer in the summer, but not as cold in the winter. This has created a specific flora and also a special fauna. Several species of flowers and trees only grow around Lake Mälaren and...more
• Eskilstuna: not a real tourist destination, but it has some nice places. My favourite of all is the Fors Kyrka (Fors Church). Also worth visiting is the Klosterkyrka, sculpture 'Hand of God' by Miles, the historic area of "Rademachersmedjorna" and the museum "Faktorimuseet".• Tidö slott: A beautiful castle with a toy museum.• Ängsö Castle: A...more