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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?