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Vinterviken, once home of the Nobel factory

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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.


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.


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.


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  • Nobels spränggropar (bunkers)

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26 July 2021

The Nobel prize

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Every year on December 10, the Nobel Prize is awarded in Stockholm (except for the Nobel Peace Prize awarded in Oslo). These prices make us think Alfred Nobel is a benefactor. It was ever different. When Alfred Nobel’s brother died and the newspaper found out that Alfred himself was dead, the death reports were not really positive about the person Alfred Nobel. This grabbed Alfred so that he decided to accommodate his legacy in a special fund. It is from this fund that Nobel Prizes are still being financed.

Nobel Prizes

There are 6 different Nobel prizes: for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, economics and the Nobel Peace Prize. The first 5 are awarded in Stockholm, the last one in Oslo. Alfred Nobel would have a specific reason why there was never a Nobel Prize for mathematics. Sofie Hess was his great love but she got pregnant by someone else. That other man would have been a mathematician.

The prize for economics was not in Nobel’s will, but was added in 1969 after a collaboration between the National Bank of Sweden and the Nobel Foundation, on the occasion of the National Bank’s 300th anniversary. It is therefore not an official noble prize. Since December 1901 the 5 other prizes have been awarded on December 10, the death date of A. Nobel. Each prize is awarded by another institute. The Swedish Academy does this for the literature, the Karolinska Institute is responsible for the prize of medicine, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences may issue the one for physics and chemistry and the Norwegian Nobel Committee for peace.

To win the Nobel Prize you must live at the time of the announcement. The Nobel laureate receives a diploma, money (the amount varies but is about 1 million euros) and a medal. In the time of the Cold War, the medals of the Russian and American Nobel Prize winner were accidentally switched. The Swedish embassy had to negotiate for 4 years to get the right medal with the right person.

The Nobel Prize ceremony

Apart from the price for peace, all Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, in the blue building at Hötorget, Konserthuset. After the prize ceremony, the company moves to Stockholm City Hall. In the Blue Room, 1350 guests including 250 students and the royal family can join a banquet. The dance hall is in the Golden Room. Did you know that you can also taste an Nobel menu? The flowers in the halls are always donated by San Remo where Nobel spent his last year of life. The whole ceremony and the banquet is broadcasted live on Swedish television.

Want to know more about Alfred Nobel? In Stockholm, you can visit a lot of places that link to Nobel.

10 December 2017

Nobel Museum in Stockholm

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Nobel Prize Museum Stockholm

The Nobel Museum or Nobel Prize Museum (Nobelmuseet) in Stockholm opened in 2001, on the centenary of the Nobel Prize, and is currently located in the building of the former Börshuset (Stock Exchange) on Stortorget (Gamla Stan). The Nobel Library and the Swedish Academy are housed here as well. In the future, the Nobel Museum will be moving to a still to be built and already controversial Nobel Center.

At the Nobel Museum you can join guided tours. These daily tours are given in Swedish and English. The tours are included in the admission fee (120 SEK for adults, free of charge for -18). If you have a Go City Stockholm Card, admission to Nobel Museum is included. You can also visit the museum for free on Friday (from September to May) between 5 pm and 8 pm.

A. Nobel

The Nobel Museum offers you a look on the life of Alfred Nobel . You’ll learn all about his inventions and about the Nobel Prize. At the ceiling the 900 laureates pass on a rail. These are mainly men. Only 49 women won a Nobel Prize so far. 26 times an organization (like the Red Cross) received the Nobel Prize.

Bistro Nobel

Bistro Nobel

Make sure to, after your visit to the museum, visit Bistro Nobel, the cafeteria of the museum. Here you can order the official Nobel ice. This ice cream is specially made for Bistro Nobel and is only available here. It’s the same ice cream that was served at the Nobel Banquet between 1976 and 1998. If you would like to taste a complete Nobel menu, you can make dinner reservations at Stadshuskällaren.

Don’t forget to turn your chair upside down before you leave Bisto Nobel. Each chair is signed by one of the winners of the Nobel Prize. Can you find the chair with the signature of President Obama?

Stoel Obama in Nobelmuseum

Nobel Museum Karlskoga

In Karlskoga in Värmland (western Sweden) you can also visit a Nobel Museum. This museum is named Alfred Nobel’s Björkborn and is housed in the summer residence of Alfred Nobel on Manor Björkborn. He spent the last three years of his life here. This museum includes a reconstruction of his laboratory.

Nobel Museum practical information

How do you reach the Nobel Museum?

The current Nobel Museum is located on Stortorget. The nearest metro stop is Gamla Stan. From here it is still a few minutes walk.

Address: Stortorget 2, Gamla Stan (Stockholm)

Opening hours

The museum is closed on Mondays from September to May. It is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm, on Friday from 11 am to 8 pm (the last 3 hours are free) and during the weekend from 10 am to 6 pm.

During June, July and August, the museum is open every day from 9am to 8pm.

Mind you, sometimes there are exceptions and the museum closes earlier.

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10 December 2016