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Garden café Vintervikens Trädgården

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Vintervikens Trädgård

I was actually looking for Vinterviken, because of its link to Alfred Nobel, when I stumbled upon the delightful garden of Vintervikens Trädgården. It reminds me a bit of Rosendals Trädgård but it is also completely different. I was there in early spring, so there wasn’t much green to be seen yet, but the lovely spring sun made up for it.

Vintervikens Trädgård

Green green green

Vintervikens Trädgården is located in a green oasis and you can also expect mainly organic and organic products on your plate. They serve just about everything from ice creams to soup and homemade bread. You can also enjoy tasty dishes (they have a limited, changing menu, but what I already tasted was very tasty!) and a glass of wine.

Vintervikens Trädgård

On sunny days – actually from the moment the sun peeks through the clouds – the terrace is quickly packed. When it’s a bit cooler, you can go inside the Orangerie. There you can warm up by the fire.

Vintervikens Trädgård

Around the garden café you will find, among other things, a large vegetable garden where local residents can help with gardening. All vegetables and plants are grown ecologically.

The domain is run by a group of volunteers. Although it was a cool day in April, there were many people in the garden. You order food at the food stand. As you would expect from the Swedes, everyone neatly waits their turn in the (long) line. That waiting will be rewarded! I chose the sweet potato with truffle mayonnaise. Warmly recommended! Nearby you can take long walks in nature (and along the shores of Lake Mälaren).

Vintervikens Trädgård

Practical info Vintervikens Trädgård

How do you reach Vintervikens Trädgården?

Vintervikens Trädgården is located just south of Södermalm, half an hour from Centralen. Take the T-bana to Aspudden. From here it is a fifteen minute walk. At the stop you will find arrows that indicate the direction.

Address: Vinterviksvägen 30, Stockholm

Vintervikens Trädgård

Opening hours Vintervikens Trädgården

Vintervikens Trädgården is only open during spring and summer. In April, they are open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In May they are open during the week from 11am to 4pm and on weekends from 11am to 6pm. During the summer, from June to August, they are open every day from 11am to 9pm.

Not to be missed: on April 30th they will hold a special evening for Valborgsafton (Walpurgis Evening). They are then open from 4 pm to 10 pm. They also have a Christmas market in December.

More info on their website.

Vintervikens Trädgård

In the neighborhood of Vintervikens Trädgården

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26 July 2021
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Vinterviken, once home of the Nobel factory

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Vinterviken

Today I take you to Vinterviken, a bay in the south of Stockholm. The original reason for my visit to Vinterviken was my curiosity about the factory and ‘spränggropar’ – the bunkers – of Alfred Nobel. On the spot I discovered a natural area with a garden café, a swimming spot and beautiful walks along Lake Mälaren.

Alfred Nobel’s factory

When Alfred Nobel was looking for a site for his research and explosives testing, he bought a farm with land in Vinterviken in 1865. The area was surrounded by cliffs. That made it safer and more convenient than the populated area of ​​Stockholm where his research lab and factory (Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget) used to be. The factory, designed by the Belgian engineer Gustaf Delaplace, was completed in 1891. It is now the only remaining factory building in the area.

In addition to the bunkers and the factory, Nobel also built a railway, a small harbor and houses for the factory workers in Vinterviken. Until 1921, dynamite was produced here. The production then moved to Gyttorp in Västmanland. Vinterviken stayed as storage and distribution centre. They sometimes conducted test explosions and other experiments at this site until 1988.

Winterviken

Over time Vinterviken transformed from an industrial area to a recreational area. Severe soil contamination (lead and arsenic) and high levels of uranium have been found in the bottom sediment of the bay. However, the radioactivity is low enough that they don’t consider it a health risk. There are warning signs on site not to let small children and dogs play in the soil. The remediations are in full swing.

Winterviken

The remaining building of the former Nobel factory is now home to a café/restaurant/banquet hall, Winterviken (yes, with a W). You can go there for fika or lunch. There is a spacious terrace. You order your drinks and food at the bar. The menu changes regularly.

Practical information

How do you reach Vinterviken?

Vinterviken is a 15-20 minute walk from the Aspudden metro station (red line).

Address: Vinterviksvägen 60, Stockholm

Opening hours

Winterviken is open all year round from 11am. More info on their website.

Nearby

  • Vintervikens trädgård
  • Nobels spränggropar (bunkers)

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Villa Ekarne on Djurgården

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Villa Ekarne

ABBA lovers will certainly visit Djurgården during their city trip to Stockholm. The ABBA-museum was the ultimate push for me to finally book that city trip to Stockholm. The rest is history… 😉 Besides the ABBA museum there are more places of interest for the ABBA-fans on the island. For example, Stig Anderson, the manager of ABBA, lived in Villa Ekarne on Djurgården.

Villa Ekarne or Laurinska villa as the building is also called, was designed by the Swedish architect Ragnar Östberg. The building dates from 1907. The first owner was the publisher and art collector Torsten Laurin. He had one of the largest art collections in Sweden at the time! A large painting by artist Carl Larsson is said to still be in the hall: De Mina.

Villa Ekarne

More recently, the German embassy was located in Villa Ekarne. You can’t do much more than glance through the fence, but you see that this house has a specific architecture. On the Swedish wikipedia they say the following (free translation):

The style of the house is characterized by National Romanticism and also has clear Anglo-Saxon characteristics from the Arts and Crafts movement. Villa Ekarne has been designed in such a way that it merges inextricably with nature on the high and mountainous plot. The villa, like Östberg’s later Villa Mullberget, is clad in dark brown wood shavings and was originally glazed with colored vitriol to achieve a grayish tint. The plinth and the terrace are made of granite, while the roof is covered with glazed green roof tiles.

Practical information

How to reach Villa Ekarne?

If you walk from Skansen or ABBA – The Museum via Djurgårdsvägen towards Rosendals Trädgård, you will pass the villa on your left.

Address: Singelbacken 21, Djurgården (Stockholm)

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26 July 2021
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