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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    The old Royal Post office

    by vec Written Mar 10, 2004

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    At Vasagatan, not far from the Central station, you will find this magnificent building. It was built in 1903 as the Royal Post office. The signs up by the roof still says Kongl Post (Royal Mail).

    This building is today used for parts of the Swedish government administration.

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    GREAT WIEW

    by gugi66 Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    DON´T MISS THIS BEAUTIFUL WIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY. GO UP WITH THE KATARINA ELEVATOR (IT COSTS 10 KRONOR, ABOUT 1,7 USD OR 1 EUR) JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURES.

    THE KATARINA ELEVATOR IS RIGHT BESIDE THE TUNNELBANA (SUBWAY, METRO) SLUSSEN.

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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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    Uppsala

    by magor65 Written Oct 8, 2004

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    Although Uppsala is the fourth largest city of Sweden with its 180 000 inhabitants it seems to be very peaceful, or even sleepy. For those who like the hustle and bustle of big cities it may be a little boring. I found it charming on the whole, although I was a bit disappointed by the castle. The buiding itself is not interesting and neither are the exhibitions inside. The best thing is Gunilla clock hill, from which you can have a nice view of Uppsala. The bell coming from 17th century is still rung every morning and evening as a reminder of the times when it warned the people not to carry unprotected lanterns.
    It is worth knowing that it was here in Uppsala that a famous scientist, Professor Anders Celsius, lived and worked. His house is still here (Svartbacksgatan Street)

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    Sofia Church

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Feb 22, 2005

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    As our hotel was on a bit of a hill, I remember that we could see this church spire from our window and maybe that is what caused us to head in this direction. I think it is very ornate and definitely worth finding and viewing. Honestly, I think we were just happy to be together and to be outside in the sun and hold hands... We could have looked at dog pooh and found something good to say about it! :-)

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    Utö, archipelago day

    by Sjalen Updated Oct 3, 2005

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    Utö is one of the main islands in the southern archipelago and great if you have a whole day for a trip. You get there by boat from Strömkajen in summer, or from Årsta (train to Västerhaninge then bus) all year round (a much shorter boat trip). Here, you can eat well at the famous inn, explore the old mining remains at Sweden's oldest mine and swim - there are both cliffs and beaches. Then you can cycle around the island, climb up the mill for a great view of other islands, barbecue somewhere or just generally enjoy life. :-) See my Utö page for more info.

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    The picturesque village of Mariefred

    by sim1 Written Feb 24, 2004

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    When you visit Gripsholm Castle, you mustn't forget to visit the village of Mariefred as well. There is nothing really spectacular to see, but it's such a lovely quiet and picturesque village. I just loved the atmosphere of this little town.
    There are a few attractions though in Mariefred that you might like to see. There is a steam train and a little museum at the old train station of Mariefred. The steam train is still running these days for the tourists. Another place you might like to visit is the "Grafiken Hus". At the Grafiken Hus you can see exhibits of famous graphical works.


    You can read much more about the picturesque village on my Mariefred page

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    Sofia Church

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Feb 22, 2005

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    As you can see, the church was open and appeared much smaller on the inside... still quite interesting. There was information on the history of this church which I foolishly failed to take. Ok, you can rate this tip as a nothing! Does that take away from the better ones?

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    Rent a kayak if you want to do something different

    by wadekorzan Updated Jun 3, 2004

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    There is so much water in and around central Stockholm, you can get great view of the city from the water. If you're feeling sporty and energetic, there is a place that rents canoes and kayaks at the entrance to the Royal Garden (Djurgarden). Just cross the Djurgarden bridge and look down on the right--there you'll see the rental place. On a nice warm summer day this is a really great thing to do (I suppose, I didn't do it personally).

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    The Royal Coin Cabinet

    by vec Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Royal Coin Cabinet is a museum with coins and history of finance. But even if you not have this special interest in coins, it's still worth a visit.

    This museum is open all days between 10:00 and 16:00. The entrance cost 45 SEK on all days except Sundays when it's free entry.

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    What to do in Stockholm in less than 24 hours

    by pinik Written Jul 14, 2004

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    I found this question and the answer for it at Herrang forum, so it's not my advice but the one I'd like to follow to one day.

    The question is in the subject: is it worth to stay at Stockholm having less than 24 hours and, if so, what are the special and essential tips as for where to go and what to see?
    As for the first part of the question I'd say: yes, indeed! And as for the second part a girl answered as follows:

    Here are a few tips for Stockholm that you won't find in the tourist quide:

    An early morning or late night walk through Gamla Stan (the old part of the city)

    A swim in the lake next to Rådhuset at 3 am

    Watch the sunrise or the sunset over the city

    I'd also recommend a tour of the archipelago if the weather is nice.

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    The Non Serviam statue

    by vec Updated Nov 1, 2003

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    If you are are a foreigner who understand some Swedish, I would recommend a visit to the Non Serviam statue at Malmskillnadsgatan.

    This statue shows a young girl sitting on a stone, and on this stone a poem by the Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf is written.

    I will not tell what the text is about, you have to find out yourself - I like it though.

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    Checking out old commercial signs

    by vec Written Sep 29, 2003

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    At many locations in Stockholm you can find old commercial signs on the buildings. Normally you might not notice them, but if you check you will see that there are a quite lot to them. So if you have some time left, it could be an idea to go out searching and see how many such olds neon light signs you can find.

    A tip could be to start at Slussen.

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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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    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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