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City jogging in Stockholm: around Riddarfjärden

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Cityjogging Stockholm - hela Riddarfjärden runt

Walking or jogging is a good way to explore a city. In Stockholm I already have a few favorite routes. I like to walk or run around Kungsholmen and I also love to do my jogging tour around Riddarfjärden.

Around Riddarfjärden

The water between Södermalm, Gamla Stan and Kungsholmen is Riddarfjärden. This is a part of Lake Mälaren. The round is about 7 kilometers. With the necessary photography stops, it is a feasible route, even for novice runners. In addition, the route is mainly flat. You can walk the steep parts. Experienced runners can run on the stairs at Rålambshovsparken and even run up the bridge (Västerbron) for some extra training.

I’m starting at Norrmalm, across the street from the Stockholm City Hall. One time I first run towards Gamla Stan and Södermalm, the other time I first run via Kungsholmen. Because you always follow the waterfront, it is a fairly easy route to navigate.

If you walk counterclockwise and thus first via Kungsholmen, you take the waterfront on the south side of the island. This is the side of the town hall. Follow the waterfront until you come to  Rålambshovsparken. On sunny days, Stockholmers gather here to picnic, barbecue, play petanque or just socialize. Here in the park, walk to the right where you will find a staircase that takes you to the Västerbron (bron = bridge in Swedish). I usually walk this steep part 😉 The jogging around Riddarfjärden is tough enough for me. On the bridge you can enjoy a fantastic view over Stockholm. Wonderful!

The second half of the bridge you walk over Långholmen, a small and very green island where you’ll see, among other things, a campsite. At the end of the bridge you can follow the arrows to Söder Mälarstrand. Furthermore, it is also just a matter of following the water until the bridge takes you back to your starting point via Gamla Stan and Riddarholmen.

If you are staying at Kungsholmen, Gamla Stan or Södermalm, you can of course also start your tour around Riddarfjärden in a different place.

You see, it’s not hard to fall head over heels in love with this city!

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City jogging in Stockholm hela Riddarfjärden runt
11 August 2021
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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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