Strömsborg Travel Guide

  • Kornhamstorg
    Kornhamstorg
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  • Lejonbacken (The Lions Hill).
    Lejonbacken (The Lions Hill).
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  • Bay window Kornhamnstorg
    Bay window Kornhamnstorg
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Strömsborg Things to Do

  • Changing of the guards

    In the summertime things change around the Royal Palace and the square comes alive with a major attraction: the changing of the guards. In June, July and August the guard, complete with a military band, changes at the Royal Palace in Stockholm every day. In the wintertime there is only a small ceremony of the changing of the guards. Off-season the...

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  • Changing of the guards

    Here is a global schedule of what happens at what time of year with the changing of the guards. It can be busy during the summertime, so I would advice to be here some time in advance. Off season it isn't busy at all, so you only need to be here just in time for the ceremony. From June until August the changing of the Royal Guards with a Military...

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  • Riddarholmen church

    The most dominating building on the island is the Riddarholmen Church. This church has served as the royal burial church since the 16th century and a number of Swedish monarchs lie consecrated here. You can visit the church if you like, but in my opinion it is not a must see. I've been inside and I am still not sure if I liked it or not. It doesn't...

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  • Riddarhuset

    Between the Gamla Stan and the island of Riddarholmen you can admire the beautiful and historic "Riddarhuset". The Riddarhuset, translated as "The House of Nobility" or sometimes as the "House of Knights", was build from 1641 to 1674 in a Dutch classicism style. In 1870 two wings were added to the building. Responsible for the architecture is not...

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  • Walking to the The Royal Palace

    From the Storkyrkan you are only a few steps away from the the Royal Palace. When you get out of the Cathedral, take a right from the entrance and take a right again at Storkyrkobrinken. If you would walk to the north side of the palace you would see the lions that decorate the outside of the Palace. There are two huge lion statues and they are...

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  • Riddarholmen

    Riddarholmen is a small island close to the Gamla Stan and forms (together with the Gamla Stan) the historical core of the city. It is quite a tranquil place, with many beautiful palaces and mansions and gorgeous views over the bay Riddarfjärden. But the island didn't look like this in the old days; the major changes to the current Riddarholmen...

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  • Birger Jarl Torg

    Outside the church Riddarholmen you can see the High Court and the statue of Birger Jarl. The square in front of the High Court used to be called the Riddarholmtorget (Riddarholm Square) but is now named Birger Jarl Torg (Birger Jarl Square) after the statue you see here. The sculpture was made by B.E. Fogelberg and is from 1854.Birger Jarl (Earl...

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  • Västerlånggatan

    Before I move on and show you a bit about "Riddarholmen" (a part of town located beside the Gamla Stan), I want to tell you about a street in the Gamla Stan where you undoubtedly will end up in: the Västerlånggatan. The Västerlånggatan is the main street through the Gamla Stan and now taken over by shops and tourism. This...

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  • The Royal Palace

    The palace is still in use by the Royal family (but more like an office than living quarters; the Royal "home" is at Drottningholm). I've only visited parts of the Royal Palace so far, I took a guided tour of the Royal apartments, which includes the State Apartments, The Guest Apartments, The Bernadotte Apartments, The Hall of State and The...

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  • Stortorget (big square) in the Gamla

    The Royal Palace is located in a part of the city called The Gamla Stan. Gamla Stan means 'old city' and that shows. I love this part of Stockholm, it is so picturesque. You really should take some time to explore this part of Stockholm. The square you can see on the picture is the Stortorget (meaning big square), Stockholm's oldest centre and site...

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  • The Storkyrkan, Cathedral of Stockholm

    Let me start this virtual tour with the Gamla Stan and the Storkyrkan, which is the Cathedral of Stockholm. When I walked into the Cathedral it overwhelmed me right away. All I could say was ooooh and oooooh again, so taken I was the first sight of the interior of this Cathedral. Nothing really sensible came out of my mouth, I didn't know what to...

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  • Changing of the guards

    So far I have only seen the 'off-season' changing of the guards. These pictures were taking on a beautiful sunny day in March. The changing of the guards at this time of year doesn't take that much time, but it is still fun to see.In the summertime the ceremony at the Royal Palace takes about 40 minutes. It starts with the arrival of the coming...

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Strömsborg Restaurants

  • Dine inside a vaulted cellar

    Close to the statue of St.George and the Dragon on the Köpmantorget in the Gamla Stan is a beautiful restaurant called 'Fem Små Hus' (Five Small Houses). The restaurant isn't cheap, but not over-the-top expensive either, and seems worth while going to. So it is on my wishlist to try their meny some day! The restaurant contains of five separate...

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  • Quick on your plate

    Their menu:http://www.magnusladulas.lunchinfo.com/Opening hours:Mond-Tue: 11:00 - 23:00Wed-Thu: 11:00 - 00:00Fri: 11:00 - 01:00Sat: 16:00 - 01:00Closed on Sundays

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  • Restaurant Mårten Trotzig

    My lunch was pasta with crayfish and salmon at Restaurant Mårten Trotzig. Mmmm, it was delicious! They don't skip on quality for the daily dish at all, and I'll go here for lunch again on a next visit to Stockholm for sure! My pasta was served with a great glass of wine, mmmmm, this was a lunch I wouldn't mind having every day! :-)This dish...

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Strömsborg Shopping

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    by sim1 Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    What to buy:
    Sweden is famous for its hand blown and hand painted glass, and Kosta Boda is one of the most famous brands. There are quite a few shops in the Gamla Stan (mainly in the "Västerlångatan" street) that sell Kosta Boda (and also other brands of hand blown glass). Whichever brand you use all are equally beautiful, and they come in many differnt design styles. They are great to take home as a souvenir or as a present to a friend. The glasswork doesn't come cheap, but I think it is worth the money.

    Take a look at their website to get an impression of Kosta Boda Glass
    http://www.kostaboda.se/

    Swedish hand blown and hand painted glass

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Strömsborg Off The Beaten Path

  • Statue Bågspännaren

    High up, in the middle of the Kornhamstorg, you can see the statue called "Bågspännaren" ("Bow Bender") by Christian Eriksson. The statue is often mistaken for William Tell, but in fact it is a statue in memory of the freedom fighter Engelbrekt Engelbrektssons, who lived in the 15th century. Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson was the leader of the...

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  • Kornhamstorg

    When you follow the "Stora Nygatan" street through the Gamla Stan, or follow the "Västerlånggatan" and take a turn to the right into the Torgdrag.gränd, you will end up on the beautiful Kornhamstorg, or in English the "Grain Harbour Square". There is a lot of activity going on on this little square at the waterside, so you might overlook the...

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  • The balcony Kornhamnstorg

    On the Kornhamnstorg number 51, also called the Scharenberg House, you can see a beautiful bay window from the 1630's. The bay window is held by four human figures with expressive faces. The bay window is easily overlooked as it is higher up the façade, so don't forget to look up or you'll miss it! Once you spot it, you don't know how it was...

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Strömsborg Favorites

  • Inside the Storkyrkan

    When I walked into the Cathedral it overwhelmed me right away. All I could say was ooooh and oooooh again, so taken I was the first sight of the interior of this Cathedral. Nothing really sensible came out of my mouth, I didn't know what to say, but oooooh.... beautiful.... and oooh again. It is not that the Cathedral is huge, like some Cathedrals,...

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  • The organ of the Storkyrkan

    During my whole stay in the Cathedral the organ was playing and it was so beautiful! So after my visit to the Cathedral I didn't leave right away, instead I sat down, closed my eyes for a while and listened to the organ play. So beautiful and so amazing to hear the sound of the organ fill the cathedral with its beautiful tones. I could have stayed...

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  • The Light Globe, Storkyrkan

    Still impressed by all the artefacts I saw in the church, I slowly started walking back towards the entrance. At the end of the aisle you can find a more modern addition to the church. It is called "the Light Globe", and it is had been here since 1972. It is an assembly point for the lighting of the candles and prayers for the world that it...

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