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Mälardrottningen, sleeping in a boat hotel in Stockholm

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A third of the Swedish capital consists of water. There are several places in Stockholm where you can sleep on water. Earlier I spent the night at Prince van Orangiën, near Djurgården. In the middle of the city you have another boat hotel, Mälardrottningen (literally: the Queen of Lake Mälaren). 

 Lady Hutton - Mälardrottningen at Stockholm City Hall

The history of Mälardrottningen

The ship was built in 1924 for Mr. C.K.G Billings from New York and was named ‘Vanadis’. At the time it was the largest yacht with a diesel engine. Later, the Woolworth millionaire Frank W. Hutton bought the ship as a birthday present for his 18-year-old daughter, Barbara. Hence the name Lady Hutton at the back of the ship. After she married Gary Crant, she sold the vessel.

After the war the ship ended up in Panama for a short time before going to Norway for a life as a school ship. In the 50s the name of the ship changed into Cort Adeler. It then was a passenger ship between Stockholm and Åbo (Turku, Finland).

In 1980 they converted the ship into the current restaurant and boat hotel. In 1982 the renovations were ready and the ship took her current place in Riddarfjärden near Gamla Stan. She only leaves her place every 3 years for maintenance.

 Mälardrottning Stockholm

Unique place

The boat hotel Mälardrottningen is located at a unique location. Just a few steps away from Gamla Stan, with a view of Stockholm’s City Hall, Norr Mälarstrand, Söders Höjder and Lake Mälaren. It is one of the best views in Stockholm. From the Evert Taube terraces you can see the most beautiful sunsets.

Sleeping in boat hotel Mälardrottningen

 cabin Mälardrottning

The hotel has 61 cabins of different sizes. I stayed in a standard cabin with private bathroom and a view over Riddarfjärden. The rooms are simple and most have bunk beds. There are also a limited number of larger and more luxurious rooms. On board there is free wifi. Mälardrottningen even has a sauna which is free for the hotel guests.

Breakfast is served at the front of the ship. The breakfast was quite simple. You could skip the breakfast on board and try one of the many breakfast spots in town. 

Restaurang Mälardrottningen

Even those who don’t stay at the hotel, can go to the restaurant. During the summer months you can enjoy the sun at Hutton’s Deck Lounge.

 Mälardrottningen Stockholm

Mälardrottningen practical

Do you also want to stay at Mälardrottningen? The boat hotel is well situated to discover Stockholm and is very good in terms of price. The hotel is centrally located, close to the subway stop of Gamla Stan and at the same time super quiet in Lake Mälaren. Book your stay right away.

How do you reach Mälardrottningen?

Boat hotel Mälardrottningen is just a few steps from the Gamla Stan metro station. Even from the central station you can easily reach the ship on foot. Walk via Centralbron to Riddarholmen. This is about 1 km.

Address: Riddarholmskajen 4, Stockholm

In the neighborhood

Järnpojken, the smallest statue of Stockholm

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It is a public secret that can only be found in few travel guides: Järnpojken. I searched for the boy during several visits until I took the search more seriously and looked for the precise location of the statue. Only then I found it. Since then I have always given it as a tip to all friends who visited Stockholm. They all enthusiastically sent me photos of the little guy. It was about time to write something more about Järnpojken or the Iron Man here as well!

Järnpojken, het Stockholm's smallest guy

Where can you find Järnpojken?

Järnpojken is located in Gamla Stan, near the Royal Palace. Yet the smallest statue of Sweden (the statue is only 15 cm in size) is well hidden and only well-informed tourists find their way to this attraction. The Iron Man stands in the garden of the Finnish Church at Slottsbacken. It is one of Sweden’s most visited public works of art.

Pojken som tittar på månen

The name of the image is officially ‘The boy who looks at the moon’ or ‘Pojken som tittar på månen’ in Swedish. Sometimes the image is also referred to as ‘Olle’. It is a work of art by the Swede Liss Eriksson. He designed the statue in 1954. It then got a first place in Kobjer just outside Lund. It was not until 1967 that the statue got its place at the Finnish Church in Stockholm.

The artist himself created the work, one night when he could not sleep and sat on the windowsill of his mother’s kitchen.

Järnpojken Stockholm

A scarf, a hat

Just like Manneken Pis in Brussels Järnpojken regularly gets different outfits. Every time I visited the little boy, he was wearing another suit. A hat and a scarf to protect him from the cold, something to protect him from the rain, flowers, … It is not known who takes care of those costume changes. It only makes the statue more mysterious to me.

Lucky charm

The story goes that anyone who rubs Järnpojken’s head will certainly return to Stockholm. Others believe that rubbing his head and leaving a penny or other gift, will bring happiness and prosperity. Whoever removes the presents at night is a big secret too.

Café Kladdkakan in Gamla Stan

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What do you do if you have been walking around in the city for half a day and had are feeling hungry? If you are at Gamla Stan in Stockholm, just go to a cafe for fika!

Café Kladdkakan - Stockholm (2)

In the Stora Nygatan in Gamla Stan I had already passed past Cafe Kladdkakan a couple of times. You need to know that kladdkaka is one of my favorite pastries. In addition, I had heard a lot of good things about Café Kladdkakan and so the place was on my to visit list.

Café Kladdkakan - Stockholm (1)

Homemade lemonade

No wonder mum and I would ended up at Cafe Kladdkakan. My mum ordered a piece of princess pie and I was tempted by the Bounty pie. I tasted the homemade lemonade and really liked it. With home-made lemonade you need some luck. I like lemonade to be very sweet, but sometimes they add so many ice cubes that the sweet taste disappears. Fortunately, that was not the case here.

We were lucky with the nice weather and decided to sit on the terrace. In addition to fika, Café Kladdkakan also serves lunch and light dinners. Café Kladdkakan is located in one of Stockholm’s most touristy streets. Still, Stockholmers too find the way to Café Kladdkakan and that’s often a good sign.

Where do you like to stop for fika?