Places of Interest: 6 Places on and near Helgeandsholmen Island

Helgeandsholmen, the small island located in the heart of Stockholm just across the bridge from the monumental Royal Palace, is dominated by the building complex of the Swedish Parliament House. However, the early-20th-century Parliament House is not all there is to find on the Helgeandsholmen island and although it might be hard to believe it at first, it is not large enough to house all of the operations of the Riksdag. Read more

Arvfurstens Palace: Admired Royal Residence in the Heart of Stockholm

Only a few dozen metres from the Swedish House of Parliament (Riksdagshuset) and not much further from the Royal Palace itself, stands a massive yellow palace which once mirrored the famous opera house built by King of Sweden Gustav III. It is known as the Arvfurstens Palace (Arvfurstens palats) and in the following paragraphs, we explore its story from the very beginning until modern days.Read more

Places of Interest: The Most Interesting Statues in Central Stockholm

Some time ago, I wrote a post on public statues in Sweden and especially their long absence in the country. I have also mentioned that while there were literally no public statues displayed in Sweden before the late 18th century, the following two centuries were times during which Swedish artists created an abundant collection of creative sculptures in the major, as well as smaller, cities around the Nordic country.Read more

Places of Interest: 7 Bridges in the Old Town (Gamla stan) of Stockholm

Stockholm is well known as the city on the water, some even call it the ‘Venice of the North.’ It is only logical then, that the individual islands forming the Swedish capital are connected by many interesting and unique bridges. In this issue of our weekly series Places of Interest, I help you explore the stories behind the bridges that connect the Old Town (Gamla Stan) of Stockholm.Read more

Hedvig Eleonora Church: Stockholm’s Unique Octagonal Site in Östermalm

Historically, the constructions of major buildings that were meant to change the character of a city landscape often came with a set of difficult challenges. In this post, I present you a place in Stockholm that was under construction for astounding 68 years before it was finally unveiled, still not quite completed.Read more

Maritime Museum in Stockholm: Remembering Sweden’s Naval History

When you decide to take a walk around the northern shores of the Djurgårdsbrunnsviken bay in Stockholm, you will soon find yourself at Museiparken, an area filled with museums. Likely the most notable structure there, and the first one you will see when arriving from the city centre, is the unique building of the Maritime Museum (Sjöhistoriska museet) that we discover in this post.Read more

Places of Interest: Top 10 Historical Portals in Stockholm’s Old Town

The Old Town of Stockholm (Gamla stan) is a place that no visitor to the beautiful Swedish capital should miss. This is the place where you can easily imagine how people, including nobles and royals, lived there centuries ago. While exploring some of the greatest historical palaces and cosiest cafés and restaurants in town, you might want to discover other, subtler elements complementing the atmosphere.Read more

St. John’s Church in Stockholm: Built After Centuries of Planning

St. John’s Church (Sankt Johannes kyrka) is one of those places that you might easily miss when strolling the major streets of Stockholm. It would be a great shame if you did not get to know this monumental building. Once you get to see it, I hope you will understand why.Read more

Places of Interest: Top 10 Waterfront Promenades to See in Stockholm

There are very few things so typical of Stockholm as its location on the water and countless docks and canals spread throughout the city. In this episode of Places of Interest, I show you my favourites where you can enjoy a nice walk year-round or spend some enjoyable time in one of the cafés with stunning views of the surrounding islands and boats which belong to the Swedish capital as much as the water itself.Read more

Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde: Sweden’s Most Beautiful Art Museum

Former royal residences serve varying functions in modern cities. A few of them are still inhabited by members of the world’s royal families. Others are used for representative purposes or house government organisations. It is quite rare, though, that their modern-day purpose is as in sync with the original owner’s vision as Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde on Djurgården in Stockholm.Read more