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Skogskyrkogården in autumn

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Skogskyrkogården Stockholm

Skogskyrkogården can literally be translated as forest graveyard. That is actually what it is: a graveyard in a forest. Or rather: forest and cemetery merge seamlessly. A unique place in a suburb of Stockholm!

Skogskyrkogården, een kerkhof in een bos

Skogskyrkogården in Enskede is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Swedish actress Greta Garbo, among others, found her final resting place there. Rumors say that the Swedish DJ Avicii is also buried there, but unlike Greta Garbo’s grave that you even see marked on Google Maps, Avicii’s final resting place is a well-kept secret.

Het graf van Greta Garbo in Skogskyrkogården

Architecture & landscape

The cemetery was created between 1917 and 1920. There are several chapels and prayer rooms. There are few paths, which gives the whole a very naturalistic look.

The architects Gunnar Asplund (himself also buried here) and Sigurd Lewerentz designed the cemetery on an old pine-covered quarry. Nature and the graves are intertwined.

Skogskyrkogården Stockholm

The cemetery is quite expansive. I was surprised that there were cars in the graveyard. Only around All Saints’ Day there is no car traffic allowed in the cemetery. To make it even crazier: there are even buses running around and there is a bus stop.

Skogskyrkogården – practical information

Before your visit, download the dedicated app (android/iOs). This audio guide will give you more information about the various sights in Skogskyrkogården. There is free wifi in the visitor center. There are also free visitor toilets spread throughout the domain.

Audioguide Skogskyrkogården

How to reach Skogskyrkogården?

Skogskyrkogården

Take the metro to the Skogskyrkogården stop. From here, the cemetery is indicated by arrows. The metro stop is about 5 kilometers from Slussen, so you can also go on foot. I went by metro but returned on foot.

Bushalte in Skogskyrkogården

Opening hours

Skogskyrkogården is open 24/24, every day of the year. Special celebrations are planned for alla helgons dag.

Remember you are on a cemetery. Even though you are there as a tourist and you may consider the cemetery as a tourist attraction, respect the privacy of the locals who come to commemorate their loved ones.

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Skogskyrkogården
9 October 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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The Public Library of Stockholm

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Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm

There are quite a few photogenic spots in Stockholm. In terms of buildings, in addition to the City Hall, I also think the city library is such a photogenic building. The architecture of Stadsbiblioteket is unique both inside and out. So definitely worth a visit. By the way, the City Library of Malmö is also a real gem.

Architect Gunnar Asplund

Stadsbiblioteket was designed by the Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund (who also designed Skogskyrkogården, among others). He opted for a modernist building in the Nordic Classicism style with a striking round tower on top. The building opened in 1928. Construction took no less than 4 years. On April 21, 2018 they celebrated their 90th anniversary.

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The round-reading-room

The most impressive thing is the round reading room, also called rotunda, which consists of no less than 3 floors. What a gigantic space! What a wonderful collection of books. I’m not much of a bookworm, but my love for the Swedish language and the unseen architecture really enchanted me.

On the side you will find small rooms, a special children’s section and a cafeteria. In the library you will find more than 2 million books and as many audio tapes. You can find works in about 100 different languages.

Stadsbiblioteket was one of the first libraries where you could just walk around and choose books to borrow. Previously, you always had to ask the librarian.

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Practical information

How do you reach Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm?

The Stockholm City Library is located in the Vasastan district. You will find the library on the corner of Sveavägen and Odengatan. The most impressive entrance can be found on Sveavägen.

It is a good 20 minute walk from Stockholm Central Station. The nearest metro stops are Rådmansgatan and Odenplan.

Address: Sveavägen 73, Stockholm

Opening hours

Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm is open on weekdays from 10 am to 9 pm. On Fridays, the library closes at 7 p.m. On weekends, the library is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nearby

  • Observatorielunden
  • Himlavalvet
  • Posh Living
  • STHLM Brunch Club

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17 July 2021
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