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"Två Goda Ting" is a combination of a coffeehouse and a little shop specialized in coffee and tea. It is only a tiny place, but cleverly decorated, making it look much spacier then it is, and filled with all kinds of chocolate and coffee goodies you can dream of.
Although easily overlooked when you don't know about this lovely little shop, it is very easy to find. Just walk through the main street of Mariefred (no need to look for that one, Mariefred is so small, you can’t really miss finding this street). Opposite the ICA Supermarket you will find the store. It really is a great place to drop in after a nice stroll through Mariefred. Just order your favourite type of coffee or hot chocolate and feast your eyes on the broad selection of quality chocolate(s) and coffee that is for sale. The prices aren’t that cheap, but it all is good quality and very VERY hard to resist.... at least for lovers of chocolate and coffee :-)
Updated Dec 29, 2006
Address: Storgatan 6, 647 30 Mariefred
In July, there is often a market and tournament week. A grass plain in the town centre is taken over by jousting knights (entrance fee, but tickets are readily available for most performances or can be pre booked at the tourist information) and there is a market full of medieval jousting and juggling things, mead etc. whilst you can also try archery and your children can paint shields and swords etc. Check www.strangnas.se for the exact dates when it gets close.
Written Aug 11, 2004
Gripsholm is a very lovely castle in Mariefred. Built 450 years ago, it is in fine condition with a range of rooms to wander varying in period from the renaissance to the 18th century. There are hundreds of fabulous portrait paintings inside. It is interesting, colourful and generally worth a visit. BUT be warned that you are not permitted to take photos inside. This would be fine and is certainly understandable (flash photography in particular is destructive to pigments) BUT there is NO book in existence which has the portraits in it. There are some postcards for sale, but no catalogue, posters or picture cd exist for the rest. Tough luck.
Unique Suggestions: The castle IS still worth a visit, it is just frustrating.
Fun Alternatives: The Museum of Antiquities in Stockholm is pretty impressive and allows photography in all but the gold room.
Updated May 24, 2009
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 Mariefred, 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:
Written Mar 2, 2004
OK, so the weather in this picture isn't that inspiring, but as I am typing this, we have had 30 degrees C for days, and a week of tropical nights (nigh temperature above 20 degrees). Lake M?laren is full of little hideaways for a swim - just ask at the tourist information for the kind of beach you like. There closest one to the town is probably the beach at Mariefred Camping.
Updated Aug 11, 2004
Favorite thing: Mariefred town itself is a great place to just stroll in when you have had time to see the castle. The tourist office is in the nice yellow court house building in the main square and can give you more tips, but Callanderska is one of the many nice wooden townhouses with green and pleasant inner yards in Mariefred, typical of Swedish wooden towns. A stroll along the waterfront is also nice.
Fondest memory: Gripsholm's theatre had me stunned...
Updated Aug 11, 2004