Unique Places in Stockholm

  • Sigtuna: Runic stone near the lake
    Sigtuna: Runic stone near the lake
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    Sigtuna: Ruins of St. Per Church
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    Sigtuna: Town Hall
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    Nature

    by SiCkb0y Updated Mar 12, 2007

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    My personal favourite of cities in the north (like Scandinavia or Canada) - beautiful landscapes just outside the city. I just love the combination lake+mountain the way it comes just outside Stockholm. Well, there maybe are some more beautiful landscafes in Sweden - like around Karlskrona - but I haven't been there yet, so it's Stockholm and Toronto, which are at the top of my list :) Just see the pictures - and the don't reflect even 10% of the reality! Short directions: just take a Pendeltag from Main Railway Station and cross the city limits. There's this beautiful lake in Haninge for instance.

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    Bestview of Stockholm with no tourists around!

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Oct 11, 2006

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    Walkway high above Sodermalm looking over Gamla Stan.

    Wandering around the last day I found this little pathway that runs along the cliffs of Sodermalm looking over the city of STO. It’s about 5-7 feet wide, with a few tables and chairs scattered around. This must be a wonderful place to have a lunch, break or just to unwind. While I was there, there was no one even there, and the only thing I could hear was a preschool class nearby where the kids were yelling at recess.

    To get to it, walk about 3 blocks into Sodermalm from Gamla Stan keeping to the right. Then turn Right on Hornsgatan and walk about 3-5 more blocks on this picturesque street. Then turn right again and walk up the hill and just over it where you should find the path and a view to take your breath away. A sunny day will give you great photos of this city.

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    Enjoy the landscape by doing a road-trip!

    by kaddi Updated Aug 11, 2006

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    If you are in Sweden I really recommend to you to do some kind of road trip or day trip in order to get an impression of the amazing swedish landscape!

    Possible destinations:
    Nusnäs (Nils Olsson Hemslöjd), Lake Mälaren, Gripsholm

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    Pampas Marina

    by Sjalen Updated Jul 29, 2006

    I could almost kill to live in one of these jetty houses on the lake Mälaren. This is what you should come here to see, along with a generally nice marina area with pleasure boats and of course the nice restaurant I mention in my restaurant tip.

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    Mariedal canal area

    by Sjalen Updated Jul 29, 2006

    Along Karlberg's canal, near Hornsbergsgatan, there is a lovely stretch of footpath. Mariedal's mansion from 1849 is the focus and there is a cafe on the premises. The rest of it is mainly allotments where one wooden red cottage after another line up with their cosy gardens.

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    Norrtälje

    by Sjalen Written Jul 24, 2006

    A very overlooked destination, the capital of Roslagen offers lots to see which my page about Norrtälje will tell you. A pretty, wooden town along a river, with the whole of Stockholm's northern archipelago opening up outside its sheltered bay, there is an island for every day of the week if you like. Some are small and empty, others lush and full of lively seaside villages or interesting sights. Inland, there is a countryside full of forests and farms along with viking heritage.

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    Svartsjö Castle

    by Sjalen Updated Jul 24, 2006

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    Svartsjö as it looks today (see my Ekerö page for more) was built in 1734-39 as the old castle burnt down in 1687. Such a castle was no longer needed out here, so the new castle was instead built as a hunting lodge for queen Ulrika Eleonora (you will recognise her name from Drottningholm). There was already a moat, which is empty today, and a park landscape for hunting. Famous architect Carl Hårleman was asked to do the job and came up with what is known as Sweden's first Rococo castle, painted light yellow to imitate the French sandstone. That is why it is amazing that it's not more well-known and visited! Such a shame in my opinion, but read on and learn why. In the early days, the castle was frequently used and in the 1770s, architect Adelcrantz (yes, the theatre one) was asked to come up with the wings as there was need for space for royal children too.

    After its heydays, the castle fell into a state of neglect and the state took over it which is why between 1891 and 1965, it was used as a prison for alcoholics, unemployed and similar "criminals" who were used for prison labour. Then the prison walls were torn down and today, there is hardly a trace of them. Instead, there is a small prison on the other side of the village, by the famous viking runestone. This sad time had however led to all the interior being torn out and removed, not just lose things. In 1995-2002, extensive repair works have therefore been carried out to restore the castle to its former glory (even though a prison cell has also been reconstructed to remind people of a part of the castle history). This has been a success with new wallpaper and furniture made in the old style. The only issue now is what to do with it. The state still owns it but the tenants plan to open some sort of cafe and during our summer visit, nothing at all was open. Meanwhile, a stroll through the unique and mysterious grounds is very nice. I will update this tip when I know more.

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    Hasseludden Japanese spa

    by Sjalen Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    As I was curious about this place, I gave a Spa Day to my mum for Christmas and accompanied her myself :-))) Hasseludden is an old trade union conference centre built in wood and concrete to blend into an archipelago pine forest, and it used to look quite boring until someone suddenly came up with the brilliant idea of making it Japanese. All of a sudden, the walls look classy and "designed" when accompanied by a whole set of attributes such as a great sushi restaurant (we had our own waiter), a Japanese pool (no corners to let the energies flow, and a tea house by its side), free juice and fruit, meditation and qi gong classes and the Japanese showers (sitting on low stools).

    Best of all are the hot springs. Some by the showers and some outdoors. It's a great experience to lower yourself down in a 40 degrees Celsius hot pool which is steaming as it is in fact -10 outside. There you sit and enjoy life, watching the ferries to Finland sail past below you and the pine trees...:-)))

    All the above and swimgear + Japanese robe is included in the SEK 750 "Yasuragi Day" concept but you can pay extra for various massage and facial treatments too. Children are not allowed so all you hear is low talk, bubbling water and soft Japanese music as you walk around between activities with your towel basket. Expat Japanese were seen there too which is always a good sign as it felt more genuine to try to experience Japan in Europe this way. We went just after Christmas which was nice as autumn and spring sees a lot of conference groups which is less atmospheric. Just ask for a calm day. If by public transport, you reach it by bus from Slussen in the city centre or in summertime by archipelago boat.

    As I didn't want to get my camera all steamed up or stolen, I didn't bring it, but the site will show you what it looks like and this photo shows it from the outside as you can see it when you arrive or leave by the ferries I mentioned above. Can you spot it high up in the forest on the cliff?

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    Vasa Museum Trädgård (Traditional Garden)

    by travelfrosch Written Jul 15, 2006

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    As you head to the Vasa Museum, stop out front and take a look at the garden and display about gardening and farming in the 17th Century. Wander around, or sit and stay awhile. Just don't bother the gardener. He's very busy.

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    Nordic Rune Stone

    by travelfrosch Written Jul 15, 2006

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    In Gamla Stan, there's a Medieval rune stone on Prästgatan. The Nordic runes say "Torsten and Thorgun erected this stone in memory of their son."

    Impressed at my ability to read Nordic? Well, truth be told, I read it in a guidebook. I hope that didn't rune my tip for you.

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    Astrid Lindgren's house

    by Sjalen Updated Jun 2, 2006

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    This is the door to the staircase up to one of Sweden"s most famous author's apartments. As you can see, there is even a little plaque outside, as here lived Astrid Lindgren until her death a few years ago. The house is in Dalagatan (underground station St Eriksplan or Odenplan) and it is in the area around here that her Stockholm stories like Karlsson and Mio my Mio are set.

    Apart from that, she had a summer house in Furusund in the northern archipelago, and you can also visit the islands featuring in the Saltkråkan series in the same part of the archipelago (boat from outside Norrtälje).

    If you want to visit her childhood area where Emil and others came from, visit the town of Vimmerby in the south (see page).

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    Bromma Church

    by Sjalen Updated Jun 2, 2006

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    One of Stockholm's oldest churches and not half as known as it deserves to be, probably because of its hidden position in the westernmost part of Bromma (bus towards Spånga from Brommaplan metro/bus stop).

    The church started off as a roundchurch in the form of the round, bulky bit you see in the main picture. This is in itself very interesting since the Scandinavian area most known for its round churches is the Danish island of Bornholm! There are only a few more in Sweden, also in the Lake Mälaren region. Roundchurches are medieval combinations of church and defense system. To this has then been added more traditional chuch architecture and in the case of Bromma, it is fantastic. At the back is a chapel dedicated to the family of the man who abolished slavery in Sweden. Go inside and you are again rewarded with something Danish looking in the form of an interior with a ship haning from the ceiling and whitewashed vaults with frescoes on some. Gorgeous.

    The cemetary is quite a famous one by Swedish standards as poet Nils Ferlin and others are buried here. You will also find one of the oldest surviving church bells in Sweden on a lawn. A cultural heritage that can no longer hang in the church but is not allowed to be re-cast. If you click on the picture, you can see the cast of Christ on it. Behind the church are the typical Swedish wooden, red parsonage and vicarage respectively.

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    Tanto

    by Sjalen Written May 30, 2006

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    An oasis on central Söder, Tantolunden is a hilly park full of allotments since Söder used to be the main working class part of town when my father was a child. Today, all sorts of people have allotments here and I always envy them, having this plot of land in the city centre, often overlooking the water even though some also have heavy railway traffic nearby with the mainline to the south of Sweden, and some overlook the bulky and grey Söder hospital where I was born. But maybe this was the first part of the world I laid eyes on in the outside world...whatever the reason, I like it a lot and what is not immediately next to the railway is fantastically lush and green in summer. On the "Liljeholmen side" of it, there is minigolf and a playground and here you are close to Street, the market (see shopping).

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    Street market at Hornstull

    by Vincedem Updated May 22, 2006

    Some weekends during the spring, summer and september there are street markets at Hornstull in Södermalm! There are different teams and it´s a nice way to see the local youth and maybe you will even be able to buy some bargains!

    This is deffinatelly a nice and original way to fill a weekend day "off the beathen path"... But it´s not every weekend so check out the dates on their website!!!

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    Paradiset

    by Pieter11 Written Feb 25, 2006

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    At the island of Skeppsholmen, at Svensksundvagen, a very nice group of pieces of modern art is free to visit. In the same style as the statues at Centre Pompidou in Paris, these statues are made by the artists Jean Tinquely and Niki de Saint Phalle.

    The group called "the Paradise" or "Paradiset" are made of metal and plastic, and are typical because of their colourful appearance. It was first shown at the World Exhibition of Montreal in 1963. Since 1972 it is positioned in Stockholm, at Skeppsholmen, close to the Museum of Modern Art.

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