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Stockholm i mitt hjärta!

Ever since my first visit in 2015 I have a weak spot for the Swedish capital and many visits later that love is still growing strong. Strolling along the waterfront, visiting museums (tip: Vasa), shopping, have fika, take a boat tour or even take a dip in the water or go skating on the frozen lake, Stockholm has it all! The different districts Gamla Stan (the old town), Norrmalm, Östermalm, Södermalm, Djurgarden and Kungsholmen have very few secrets for me.

Stockholm is a city of contrasts. It is not just a trendy, leading place, the city also has a rich history. It is a cosmopolitan city and still has a very relaxed atmosphere. It is the city where fresh water (Mälaren) meets salt (Baltic Sea).

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Stockholm facts

Stockholm consists of 14 islands that are connected by 57 bridges. The city is very green. One third of the city is water, another third is green and another third of the area are buildings. In Stockholm you never have to take more than 300 steps to be surrounded by nature!

Strandvägen - Stockholm

One side of Stockholm is Lake Mälaren, the third largest lake in Sweden. On the opposite side you have the Baltic Sea with some 24,000 islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago. Other sources speak of 30,000 islands – I have no ambition to recount them ;-)

Stockholm city is home to approximately 850,000 people. In Greater Stockholm there are 2.4 million inhabitants. One fourth of the Swedish population lives in the capital.

History of Stockholm

In 1252 Stockholm shows up in literature for the first time. The city was probably founded by Birger Jarl. Stockholm’s name is a composition of ‘stock’ (piece of wood) and “holm” (island). Birger Jarl would have thrown a piece of wood in the water to see where it would wash up and what the best place would be to build a settlement.

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Walking in Vitabergsparken in Stockholm

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Herfst in Vitabergsparken, Stockholm

The large park in SoFo, between the streets Renstiernas gata, Skånegatan, Barnängsgatan and Malmgårdsvägen in Stockholm is very popular with locals. Vitabergsparken is the place where they come for a walk, jogging, picnic,… They call their beloved place ‘Vitan’ or Vitabergen.

Herfst in Vitabergsparken, Stockholm

On top of the hilly park you can see the Sofia church (Sofia kyrka). On the other side is a large open-air theater where there are free performances in the summer. And the subsurface of Vitabergsparken is also special to say the least…

Herfst in Vitabergsparken, Stockholm - arbeidershuisjes

From poorest neighborhood to hotspot

In the 18th-19th century, Vitabergsparken was the poorest place in the city. The poor houses provided shelter for the textile workers who worked nearby. In 1888 they started to convert the site into a park with the (literally) highlight being the Sofia Church. Sofia kyrka reaches 46 meters above sea level.

Sofia kyrka Vitabergsparken
Sofia kyrka - Vitabergsparken Stockholm

Today there are still a few houses where still people are living in. Until a few years ago, the red house on Mäster Pers gränd 1 had no running water or drainage. The cottage is now owned by AB Stadsholmen and has a high cultural-historical value.

Vitabergsparken Stockholm

Highly secured-datacenter

What few people know is that there is a data center under the hill of Vitabergsparken. Pionen was among other things where the Wikileaks servers were located. The (natural) security in the nuclear bunker is enormous.

Pionen White Mountains
Herfst in Vitabergsparken, Stockholm

Vitabergsparken, practical information

How do you reach Vitabergsparken?

Vitabergsparken is located on Södermalm, in the south-east of this island. The park is located near Skånegatan and Malmgårdsvägen streets.

Herfst in Vitabergsparken, Stockholm - stadszicht

In de buurt

Herfst in Vitabergsparken, Stockholm

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Vitabergsparken Stockholm
31 July 2021
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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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Vintervikens Trädgård Stockholm
Vintervikens Trädgården Stockholm
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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Vinterviken - Winterviken
26 July 2021
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