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Sparreholm Castle in Sörmland

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Sparreholms Slott is one of the most bizarre domains I already visited in Sweden. In addition to an idyllic castle, you’ll find the largest collection of jukeboxes in Europe, an extremely refined private collection of vintage cars, a bicycle museum, a nostalgic café and a horse center. If you find this a somewhat strange combination, then I can tell you that this applies to the collections as well. Something for everyone!

Sparreholms Slott

I visited Sparreholms Slott – Sparreholm Castle in July 2016, along with some other travel bloggers, as part of a press trip to Sörmland. Sparreholm Castle is one of those gems that I might not have visited otherwise. And although vintage cars and bicycles usually don’t appeal to me, I did enjoy this place. Let me introduce you to Sparreholm Castle.

The history of the castle

Sparreholms Slott

Sörmland is just south of Stockholm and is known as Stockholm’s Country Side. It is a region with 400 castles and country houses. Over the years there have been several country houses and castles on the Sparreholm domain. Sparreholm was originally called Hyltingenäs. Around 1580, the domain came into the hands of the Sparre family. In 1643 they changed the name of the domain to Sparreholm. In 1757 the family left the domain. The castle came into the hands of Baron Antoine De Geer’s widow. The castle would change owners several times until the current owner Anna Karinen bought it together with her family in 1996. They completely renovated the castle and now offer a diverse range of activities on the property.

Jukebox museum

Sparreholms Slott

Above the summer bar you’ll find the jukebox museum. They boast that they have Europe’s largest jukebox collection. The collection ranges from phonographs to gramophones to modern jukeboxes. The collection is simply magic when the lights in the museum are turned off and the space is transformed into a disco.

Sparreholms Slott

Bicycle Museum

Near the jukebox museum is also a unique bicycle museum with dozens of old bicycles. The owners of Sparreholm Castle are clearly collectors. Collectors of just about everything.

Oldtimer collection

Sparreholms Slott

In the car museum you will find vintage cars from 1800 to contemporary cars. It is one of the most exclusive private collections in Europe. They have around 60 classic cars, including a 1936 Mercedes 540K that was once owned by Prince Gustaf Adolf, the father of the current Swedish king. In addition, they also have the Cadillac V8 from King Gustav V who gave the name to Kungens Kurva (= the shopping center near Stockholm where you find one of the largest Ikeas in the world).

Sparreholms Slott

The Horse Center

The horse center is active throughout the year. They also offer weekend trips with riding lessons. This way you can go for classic dressage with their lusitano horses and modern riding techniques.

Practical

Sparreholm Castle can only be visited by appointment. Only during the Swedish summer holidays (from midsummer to mid-August) can you visit the domain spontaneously.

Thanks to Visit Sörmland.

Allsång på Skansen sing-a-long

Since 1935 (with some interruptions) you can go to Allsång på Skansen in Skansen (Stockholm). This music event has also been broadcast on SVT since 1979. Well-known artists do not only bring their own hits, they also sing a song that belongs to the collective Swedish memory. All Swedes know the text by heart. For those who do not know the lyrics, there are lyric-booklets for sale. On TV you get the text at the bottom of your screen.

Allsång på Skansen

Swedish party

Already in the early afternoon the Swedes start to come up for a place close to the stage. A little further from the stage, groups of friends and family pick a picnic spots. A unique experience, although at times – even for me – it was a bit too Swedish.

Allsång på Skansen

Stockholm i mitt hjärta

The show’s starting tune is ‘Stockholm i mitt hjärta’, a true classic. I can really recommend Allsång på Skansen for those who want to master the Swedish language. Because you can sing along and see the text on TV, you learn how the words are spoken. Singing songs is a good method to learn things anyway.

You not only learn the language but you also get a taste of Swedish culture. Thanks to Allsång på Skansen I got to know songs like ‘Var ska vi sova inatt’, ‘En kväll i juni’ and other classics.

Allsång på Skansen

Presentation Allsång på Skansen

Allsång på Skansen in Sweden is one of the best-watched TV programs of the summer. Currently, the presentation is done by Sanna Nielsen, who also took part in the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Undo’ for Sweden. Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw also presented the program.

Electric steps in Stockholm

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Shared mobility conquers Stockholm. Just like in all major and cool cities, you can find electric steps in Stockholm. In addition to the electric steps that are offered by various providers (Lime, Glyde, …), you can also find regular bikes from EU-Bike. The system always works almost the same. You download the app, see where the nearest bikes or steps are, scan the QR code on the bike or scooter and you can take off.

Electric steps in Stockholm

There are of course supporters and opponents. I am a fan myself. It is even more convenient than the bikes that you used to find on fixed spots. A lot of course depends on the users. If everyone were to park their part step neatly on the side, the number of opponents would fall drastically. In my hometown the electric shared scooters have also turned up and I like to use them regularly.

Electric step in Stockholm

The concept is the same: you download the app, create an account (and link your credit card to your account). If you want to use a step, check the app to see where the nearest step is. In most apps you can also see the status of the battery. You scan the QR code on the step and you can go. Just like with a normal scooter, you first do 3 kicks and the scooter starts moving. Check before you leave how to accelerate and how the brake works. That can to be different per scooter. When you have arrived at your destination, park the scooter neatly on the side and end your ride in the app. Wearing a helmet is mandatory. Adjust your speed. And of course you should not endanger the safety of other road users.

I saw a lot of steps from Lime and Voi, so I first downloaded these 2 apps but then I only saw steps from the other providers. Finally I downloaded all apps: Lime (also active in Belgium and other Swedish cities such as Gothenburg, Malmö and Uppsala), Voi , Glyde , Moow, UFO & Tier (also in Lund, Malmö and Gothenburg). If you don’t want to download all the different apps, it may be good to have a look at this app (article in Swedish) that collects all providers.

EU Bike in Stockholm

EU- BIKE in Stockholm

Ok, perhaps even easier than the steps are the regular bikes from EU-Bike that you see everywhere in Stockholm. There are around 1500 bikes scattered around the city. If you have never used an electric step before, renting an EU-BIKE will probably be a lot easier and comfortable. To use an EU-Bike you pay 5 SEK per 30 minutes. If you advertise them on social media you also get 10 times for free (I didn’t succeed to use it – maybe because I don’t have the Facebook app).

EU Bike Stockholm - how to

Overview costs per trip

I am making an overview of all prices. Whoever has additions can certainly let me know!

ProviderStart-up cost per ridePrice
EU-Bike 5 SEK / 30 min.
VOI10 SEK 
Glyde5 SEK2.8 SEK / min
Lime variable
TIER10 SEK1.5 SEK / min
UFO10 SEK