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Sergels Torg, the beating heart of Stockholm

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Sergels Torg - Stockholm

“För vi ska bada nakna på Sergels Torg å leva livet utan sorg…” It was Samir & Viktor’s song in Melodifestivalen that first drew my attention to Sergels Torg. Especially because my godchild (at the time less than a year old) reacted quite enthusiastically to the song.

Going naked in the fountains of Sergels Torg was not an option in recent years. The square (torget in Swedish) underwent a thorough renovation. In my archives I found a photo of what it looked like before the works. When I was in Stockholm in January 2018, I saw the monument illuminated again for the first time. Opinions about the pillar are divided, but I am a fan. It is a recognizable point and Samir & Viktor and their “Bada Nakna” will probably also have something to do with it.

All roads lead to Sergels Torg

For a long time there were road works around Sergels Torg. It is a busy crossroad where major Stockholm roads converge. It can be a chaotic square and even as a pedestrian it sometimes takes a while, especially during the works, to orientate yourself. On one side, the square has 2 floors with a lot of shops (Sergelarkaden) downstairs where you can shop covered from the rain. On the other side is Kulturhuset, a gigantic cultural center.

Plattan - Sergels Torg

This square and especially Plattan, the part that you can see in the photo above with the white / black triangles, is the heart of Stockholm. After the attacks of April 7, 2017, people gathered here to commemorate the victims. Even after Avicii’s sudden death, Sergels Torg was the place where everyone gathered to commemorate Tim Bergling. This square is also a gathering place at joyful moments. There often are open-air manifestations and events.

Sergels Torg Plattan

The monument of Sergels Torg

On the other side of the square you can see a huge fountain with the artwork Kristall, vertikal accent i glas och stål in the middle by Edvin Öhrström. The renovations took more than 2 years. The tower is 37.5 m high. LED lights have been incorporated into the artwork so it is beautifully lit at night. I only saw the orange and purple versions for now and was told that they can adjust the colors according to the seasons.

Sergels Torg by night
Sergels Torg paars

Practical information

Watch out for pickpockets and petty crime at the entrance of T-Centralen on Sergels Torg. This is the only place in Stockholm that I prefer to avoid at night. Although extra guards are deployed to keep an eye on the “gangs”, I always tend to walk a bit faster here in the evenings.

How do you reach Sergels Torg?

Sergels Torg is centrally located in Stockholm. If you leave the station via Klarabergsgatan, you will arrive at Sergels Torg, just past the intersection with Drottninggatan. Here on the corner you will also find the T-Centralen metro stop. The (provisional) starting stop of Tram 7 is also located here.

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Sergels Torg Stockholm
22 January 2021
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Spots on Drottninggatan in Stockholm

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Drottninggatan Stockholm

One of the most famous shopping streets in Stockholm is Drottninggatan (literally: Queen street). You will find well known fashion chains such as H&M, MQ, Monki,…

The street is more than one and a half km long and runs from Riksdagen in Gamla Stan to Observatorielunden, a park in Vasastan. Drottninggatan also passes Sergels Torg (here you will find the large Åhléns store) and Hötorget (with Konserthuset).

The street is a historic street. The name dates back to 1639 and was a tribute to the young Queen Kristina. If you want to learn more about the history of this street, you should definitely check out this Wikipedia page (in Swedish).

Lions

At the beginning of Drottninggatan and at most intersections you can see lions standing on the side of the street. These types of sphinxes are intended to keep traffic out of the street. Drottninggatan is a pedestrian zone. It is the Swedish artist Anders Årfelt who designed the lions. The lions have been there since 1995. Since the attack in 2017, there are twice as many lions and also larger ones in the street to keep traffic out.

Strindberg’s Citat

Since 1998, a quote from the Swedish writer August Strindberg has appeared in Drottninggatan, between the house numbers 67 and 85. By the way, at number 85 you can visit the Strindberg Museum. It is also here that the writer lived, during the last years of his life.

In 1994 quotes were written in paint over a greater distance for the first Strindberg Festival. When Drottninggatan became a pedestrian zone in 1998, some of the quotes returned, this time in stainless steel.

Strindbergs Citat, Drottninggatan in Stockholm

Shops not to be missed

I will skip international chains such as H&M and Zara that you find everywhere.

  • Arket (also based in London) offers an answer to disposable fashion. They resolutely choose quality pieces that not only last a long time but are also made durable. They also have a webshop.
  • Afound, an outlet store that I drop by every time. I bought one of my favorite dresses here.
  • Lindex: my personal favorite. My nephews are also fans. Most of their pajamas come from Sweden. The “extended” sizes are ideal for their long legs and arms.
  • Lagerhaus, a design version of our Action.
  • Designtorget where you can buy Scandinavian design and gadgets.
  • Indiska, a chain with Indian-inspired clothing and home accessories. It was Indiska who decorated Drottninggatan was temporarily with colorful umbrellas (in 2020).
  • Stadium: shop with affordable sportswear.
  • Some more shops: Bik Bok, Salt, Intersport, Clas Ohlson, Cubus, Happy Socks, …

Not to miss either

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Spots on Drottninggatan in Stockholm
15 January 2021
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Easy: leave your luggage in the lockers of Stockholm Centralen

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Lockers Stockholm Centralen

Centralen, the central station in Stockholm, is a real hub. Buses, trains, metro, taxi, … everything leaves and arrives here. It can be a bit overwhelming if you are there for the first time. Fortunately, most signs in the station are also indicated in English. So if you are looking for the lockers in Stockholm Centralen to leave your luggage, you will find them quite easily.

Luggage locker signs Centralen

Lockers at Stockholm station

You’ve probably experienced it before: you’re on city trip and your hotel is not in the city center or you can not check in yet and you’re looking for a place where you can safely leave your luggage. Good news: you do not have to drag your luggage all the time because in Stockholm Centralen you will find different places where they have lockers. For just a few euros you can leave your luggage there for 4 hours. You can store your luggage for up to 24 hours for barely 1 euro more. There are 2 sizes: little ones that fit a hand-luggage box (36cm x 44cm x 60cm) and larger ones for larger suitcases (46cm x 60cm x 85cm).

 Lockers Stockholm Centralen

Pay by card

The system of the lockers in Stockholm Centralen is really simple. There are step-by-step explanations in English on the screens. In short: you choose an empty locker, put your luggage in it, close the locker and keep the closure down for 3 seconds and you pay by card. Keep track of your ‘kvittot’ or your receipt. This is where the code you need to reopen your locker is printed.

I always take a picture of the receipt. In case I lose the note, I can still get my luggage.

Screen lockers

There are several places in Stockholm Centralen where you can find lockers. Remember which ones you used! The station in Stockholm has several levels and a lot of corridors. It’s easy to get lost. Because I usually travel to the airport with Flygbussarna , I always take the lockers just at Cityterminalen (take the escalator upstairs). Especially when returning, I lose a minimum of time and can max my time in Stockholm.

 Where you can find lockers in the central station of Stockholm

Looking for other lockers in Stockholm?

Usually you can have your luggage stored at the hotel (for free). If your hotel is centrally located, this might be easiest.

In Stockholm you can also find (paying) lockers at Moderna Museet. If you know other places in Stockholm where you can leave your luggage in lockers, let us know something in the comments!

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Lockers Stockholm Centralen
8 March 2019
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