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    Kulturhuset

    by agustath Updated Mar 29, 2008

    Kulturhuset is 95% used by Stockholmers and houses a café, library, exhibitions of photography, art and design, a theatre and much more. So this house on four floors is a vivid cultural meeting point for people. You can sit down and have a coffee, play chess, read the newspapers, sit on the balcony (during summer) and enjoy the view of the city. So if you want to meet with the locals, this is the place to visit.
    On one floor there is a special room for the kids, where they can come with their parents, to play, read books, do some handicrafts, sing... It's called "Rum for rörelse" and there you can dance, slide, crawl, climb.... If you are travelling with kids, do not miss this!

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    Bergianska Garden: The Tamed and the Wild

    by kanjon Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    At the Bergian garden (Bergianska trädgården) there are 9000 different species of plants; all kinds of flower arrangements, big herb-garden, the worlds largest water lily, seemingly wild but cultivated milieus, apple-clones, a beautiful miniature water and plant landscape of northern Japan, insect-catching plants, vegetables, exhibitions on all from art to gardening, guided walks, seminars… All for the nature- and garden enthusiasts!

    The surroundings are great for picnics in spring and summer. Bring a basket with food and wine and go back to nature. If you bring the gear, you can even take a swim! In the evening, the setting is lit up by the most romantic shimmer from the setting sun.

    If you want to have a more "cultivated" meal the Edvard Anderson greenery has a café with sandwiches, pastries, coffee and icecream. There is also a museumshop. This is available without paying the entrance fee to the greenery. I f you pay you get access to the terrace inside the greenhouse and can have your coffee with a beautiful view of the Mediterranian plant collection. Open daily 11-17. There is also an outdoor café by the Old Orangerie in the summertime. Open 11-16.30.

    The park is open daily from 8-21. Free of charge. If you want to visit the greenhouses you pay a fee; The Victoria house with exotic plants 20 skr and the Edvard Anderson conservatory with Mediterranian plants 50 skr. Free admission with the Stockholm card.

    The garden were built in 1885, funded by money and collections from the two Bergius brothers, Peter Jonas and Bengt; the Bergianska foundation, set up 1791. The brothers used to run an estate with garden-school and an extensive plant collection (Bergielund) at Karlbergsvägen in Stockholm. In 1885 Bergius garden was moved and set the start for Bergianska gardens´scientific aims.

    The garden is situated in the north of Stockholm, by the water and beautiful surroundings of Brunnsviken, close to the Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, about 5 km from Stockholm city centre.

    Metro, take the red line nr 14 to stop Universitetet, exit and take left and walk for about 10 minutes. Check map among this post´s images.

    Adress: Veit Wittrocks väg, (Frescati), Stockholm

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    Art and Flowers: The Marabou Park

    by kanjon Updated Mar 24, 2008

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    The Marabou Park (Marabouparken) has it all. It is both a beautiful park with modern sculptures and a well-selected, personal, contemporary art institution. For contemporary art, visit the space any time of the year, for park visit, choose spring, summer or early autumn. In spring it is amazing. All the flowers in bloom make a gorgeous setting for picnics and slow strolls. In the summer there is a flat pool where children can play and swim and a small kiosk with coffee, ice cream and pastries.

    This is well worth the trip, take the Metro, blue line 10 (journey takes about 11 minutes) and then walk through Sundbyberg. The small city has very nice cafés (try Café Boulevard) and a the famous, almost insanely well-equipped fabric shop, Sundbybergs Textilcentrum (check out on www.textilcentrum.se), where some of the fabrics used in the Lord of the Ring trilogy were bought. Cool.

    The founder of the chocolate factory Marabouparken, Henning Throne-Holst, commissioned a recreational park for the employees. Year after year the plants grew and so did the sculpture collection. Now the factory has been sold and moved, but the park remains, founded by Sundbyberg city. The founders of the art exhibition space is Sundbybergs stad and Kraft foods Sweden AB. For exhibition programme, maps and directions check English website: http://www.marabouparken.se/index.php?lang=eng&year=&nav=aktuellt

    The Marabou park is considered to be one of the most important works by Swedish landscape architect Sven Hermelin (1900-1984). Hermelin worked on the park for eighteen years, from 1937 until the inaugeration in 1955. The park's landscaped settings were in many cases created especially for the sculptures.

    During 2008/2009 the art space will be rebuilt so check the homepage for programme and opening hours. There you can also find information on guided tours in the park.

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    Riddarholmen by night

    by Elena77 Written Oct 3, 2007

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    Riddarholmen is an islet right at the heart of Stockholm and together with Gamla Stan it is the oldest part of the city. In the early 17th century the island was given to aristocracy and high-ranking members of the military who built their residences and palaces here. Two of them can be visited today: Wrangelska Palatset and Stenbockska Palatset. The islet is also famous for Riddarholmskyrkan (a 13th century church where the Royal sepultures take place) and Birger Jarls Torn (a 16th century fortress built by King Gutstav I).
    Due to all these sites on such a small area, Riddarholmen can be quite crowded and hectic over the day. So I decided to return by night and found the place beautifully illuminated and, due to the fact that I was the only person far and wide, pleasantly quiet. Riddarholmen by night has got a charm of its own and leaves a completely different impression than a visit by daylight.
    Standing at Birger Jarls Torn you also have a nice view of the harbour, Stadshuset and the illuminated city.

    Riddarholmen by night Street light Riddarholmen by night Street light The harbour
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    Kista Galleria

    by marielexoteria Updated Sep 6, 2007

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    Mall with a lot of shops, movie theaters and a big food court with different restaurants. Besides the food court, there's Burger King, McDonald's, 2 ice cream bars, a pastry shop/bakery and several cafés.

    I can particularly recommend Forno Romano on the food court and Café Momo on the first floor (I love their Middle Eastern decor).

    Address: Kista Centrum
    Access: from T-Centralen, take the blue subway line towards Akalla and get off at Kista Centrum.

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    Boulebar

    by marielexoteria Updated Sep 6, 2007

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    A different kind of sports bar, featuring boule-pétanque. There's a small ball, and the goal of the game is to throw metal balls as close to this little one as possible. This game is played on sand like "fields" and on teams of up to 6 people each.

    At boulebar you get an instructor included on the price of the game fields, to explain the rules of the game, help you out with it and give you tips.

    The bar has a nice (but maybe small) selection of beer and drinks, and they have a good buffet.

    Address: Surbrunnsgatan 46.
    Access: Nearest subway stations: Rådmansgatan and Odenplan. Green subway line towards Hässelby strand.

    Good Italian beer at Boulebar
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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.

    View from top toward Gamla Stan View from top pathway looking to the right.

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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.

    Karlbergs Canal
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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.

    Sara enjoying the gardens Don't disturb the gardener! ;) At the garden's entrance
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