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Sleeping in a pilot tower – Svedtiljas Landsort

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Lotstornet Svedtiljas Landsort

Åke Svedtiljas first came to Landsort in 2011 and was immediately charmed by the island’s pilot station. It took a while before he could purchase the building, but after a thorough renovation you can now spend the night in the pilot tower. And that is actually even better than spending the night in the lighthouse because from Lotstornet you have a view of the lighthouse!

Ake Svedtiljas

Spend the night in “Lotstornet”, an old pilot tower

Even those who do not have their own summer house at Landsort can spend the night here. In Lotstornet there are 6 rooms for 2 people each. The rooms are basic but equipped with all necessary comfort. There are 2 rooms per floor, each with a shared bathroom. The advantage of this hotel is its unique location and the beautiful view. Spending the night in the pilot tower costs about 100 euros, breakfast included. You have to add about 15 euros for the ferry to the island.

Landsort - zicht op Lotstornet

Breakfast

For breakfast we were expected in the restaurant of Svedtiljas. The breakfast is extensive and with all fresh products. Attentive readers will see that this is not my plate (I don’t eat meat) that I photographed but one of the other bloggers who came too. Special mention for the freshly squeezed fruit juice and the fresh smoothies.

Lunch

Åke is a renowned chef and spoils the guests in restaurant Svedtiljas with his skills. In the afternoon we had lunch in the restaurant. On the menu: a delicious bouillabaisse. Åke mentioned that the cod had been caught with the line and not with nets. Sustainability is of paramount importance here. The aioli was also very tasty by the way.

Dinner

In the evening, Åke served us a delicious 3-course menu on the top floor of Lotstornet. The food was very high quality and accompanied by matching wines. First we got potato pancakes topped with fish eggs, chives, onions and aioli. The main course was a perfectly cooked cod fillet served with roasted cauliflower.

For dessert we got a crumble with blueberries, strawberries and raspberry sorbet. With a view of the island, this was a real dream location. As icing on the cake, a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky, followed by a breathtaking sunset.

Regenboog boven Landsort

More information on Svedtiljas can be found on their website (English + Swedish).

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23 April 2021
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Staying at Hotel Liseberg Heden

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Hotel Eden Liseberg

When we went to soak up the Christmas atmosphere in Gothenburg in December 2017, a visit to Liseberg, the amusement park of Gothenburg, was high on our list. We also spent a night in the hotel of Liseberg. Be aware, Hotel Liseberg Heden is not located in the amusement park, but a kilometer away from the amusement park. That’s no problem, but good to know before you book. And although the hotel is within walking distance of the center, it’s located very quiet. The inner gardens add to that.

Liseberg Hotel Heden Göteborg

The hotel feels very family-like and the welcome was very warm. There is wifi, you can exercise in the gym or relax in the sauna. There is a restaurant where you can also find vegan dishes. Breakfast is served here too.

It was pleasant to sit in the lobby of Hotel Liseberg Heden. We sat there the first evening to look at the leaflets and to plan the coming days. Handy to have a space, outside the rooms, to spend time with the rest of the group.

Child friendly

Not tested ourselves, but the hotel offers many facilities for families with young children. There is a playground with a slide, you can borrow board games at the reception, the rooms with family loft have an extra TV, …

Comfortable rooms

Hotel Heden - Göteborg

The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable. There are different types of rooms. From 2 people with the possibility to put an extra bed to the family loft for 4 people.

Practical information

Hotel Liseberg Heden is a cash-free hotel. You can therefore only pay by card. Check-in is from 3 pm but we went there earlier to put our luggage and that was no problem.

Nice to know: on Sundays you can sometimes opt for a late check out at 1 pm.

How do you reach Hotel Heden Liseberg?

If you travel by public transport (tram 2 or 13), Scandinavium is the nearest stop.

If you are traveling by car, you can park in the parking lot of the Hotel Heden Liseberg. This cannot be booked in advance, but with 76 places for 179 rooms, there is a good chance that there will be space. Parking costs 180 SEK per day.

Address: Sten Sturegatan 1, Gothenburg

Book your room

Book your room at Hotel Liseberg Heden.

Hotels in the neighborhood

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In the neighborhood

  • Liseberg
  • Ullevi
  • Gothia Towers

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Hotel Heden Liseberg Göteborg
27 January 2021
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A guide to Djurgården

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Djurgården

It’s a real tradition. When I’m in Stockholm I usually go for a walk on Djurgården on Sundays. I walk along Strandvägen to this island and enjoy the view of the water. On Djurgården I take a different route every time. Somehow I always end up at Rosendals Trädgården. Yes, this is what a perfect Sunday looks like to me!

Djurgården
Djurgården

Djurgården is the second largest of Stockholm’s 14 islands and it is certainly the greenest island. In addition to lots of nature, you can also go here for culture. You will find many museums, ranging from Vasamuseet to the ABBA-museum. Amusement park lovers will enjoy themselves in Gröna Lund and the youngest will have a great time in Junibacken – the Astrid Lindgren museum – and Skansen , the open-air museum with children’s zoo.

Did you know that there are also about 800 people living on the island? A piece of cake compared to the 10 million visitors who come to the island every year. Many buildings, including the Djurgårdsbron, date from the Stockholm World’s Fair (1897).

The name Djurgården

Grasveld in Djurgården met zicht op de Kaknästörnet

In the past (1600) the royal hunting grounds were located here. This is how the island got its name Kungliga Djurgården.

The pronunciation of Djurgården often causes confusion among tourists. You pronounce it as ‘juurgoorden‘ but you hardly pronounce the ‘d’. So it almost sounds like ‘juurgoorn‘ to some people. Literally translated, this means ‘animal garden’.

Officially, the name of the island is Valdemarsön, but except for the derived Waldemarsudde, I had never heard of it before writing this article myself.

Some of the highlights of Djurgården

For me personally, the Vasa Museum and the ABBA Museum are 2 must visits. I have been to both museums several times and each time I was respectively impressed and came out in a good mood. I also visited Skansen several times. This open-air museum always has great events around Sankta Lucia, Christmas, midsummer,… Below I list all museums & attractions and restaurants/eating spots on Djurgården.

Museums & attractions on Djurgården

Wegwijzers op Djurgården

Other-sights-on Djurgården

  • Monument in memory of the victims of the Estonia disaster, a bit hidden behind the Vasa Museum.
  • Galärvarvskyrkogården, a cemetery where, among others, Stig Andersson (manager of ABBA) and Anders Franzén (who located the Vasa) are buried.
  • Villa Ekarne where Stig Andersson lived.
  • Daniel & Victoria’s Kärlekstigen, a walking path that the Crown Princess and her husband were given at their wedding in 2010.
  • Isbladskärret, the ideal place for bird watchers.
  • Walking (or hiking) around Djurgården – a tour of 10 km.
  • Canoeing at Sjöcaféet

Restaurants on Djurgården

Hotels on Djurgården

Already tested myself:

Other popular Djurgården hotels:

Djurgården practical

How to reach Djurgården?

I prefer to walk via Strandvägen, over Djurgårdsbron to Djurgården. You can also go to the island by bicycle or electric steps. If you prefer public transport, tram 7 is your best option. It is also nice to go by ferry from Slussen. You then also see Stockholm from the water. The transfer is included in the prices of public transport. Finally, the bus is also an option. The nearest metro stop is Karlaplan.

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Djurgården Stockholm
18 January 2021
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