Stockholm - Sweden, September 2005 -
a very dear old friend
Two aerial views of Stockholm with its hundreds of islands spread
over a large part of Lake Mälaren. Above, the view is from
Djurgården and to the right the view is towards Södermalm -
possibly from Östermalm and across Skeppsholmen - island in the middle.
(Copyright Cindor postcards)
September 29, 2005
Stockholm on a wonderfully sunny day, first Gamla stan, then a visit to
Riddarholmen with some beautiful views, from the side of the Royal
Palace via Norrbro to Gustav Adolfs torg and
Munkbron and Gamla Stan (the Old Town)
we emerge from the Stockholm metro, at the station for Gamla Stan (the
Old Town). In the background is the lace-like tower of
Riddarholmskyrkan, the church on
Riddarholmen, the 'Island of the Nobles', a tiny island off Gamla Stan; (holme =
|We go past Munkbron with its flower sales stands to turn into Gamla Stan.
|Stortorget (the Big Plaza) in Gamla Stan with its centuries old fountain in the foreground.
(the Cathedral of Stockholm) seen from Stortorget in Gamla Stan. This
oldest church in Stockholm is mentioned in the literature for the first
time in 1279.
|The Swedish Academy building (Svenska Akademin) overlooking Stortorget.
sunny day, mostly young people will always be seen sitting on the steps
basking in the sun. One elderly lady also got into the picture.
Riddarhuset and Riddarholmen with Riddarholmskyrkan
Various views from Riddarholmen (the Island of Nobles), west and east.
over Riddarholmen (the island of the knights) with its landmark church,
Riddarholmskyrkan, taken from the edge of Gamla Stan in front of the House of Nobles.
the House of Nobles, at the very edge of Gamla Stan. Statue of the
first Swedish king Gustav Vasa, who was crowned in 1523. This building
from the 17th century is known as one of the most beautiful buildings
"The Swedish aristocracy met in this 17th-century House of Nobles during the Parliament of the Four Estates (1665-68)." Go to site
|The City Hall and Norr Mälarstrand seen from Riddarholmen.
in the background is the bridge that links the north side of Stockholm
to the south side. It is named Nya Essingeleden, since it goes across
the two small islands, Lilla & Stora Essingen.
Jarls torg, seen approximately from Riddarholmskyrkan (see shadow) with
a statue of
the earl himself. Birger Jarl was the founder of Stockholm, 750
years ago. Wrangelska Palatset (the Wrangel Palace) on the left and in
front of the palace the cobble-stoned 'Wrangelska backen'.
||View of the edge of Gamla Stan seen from Riddarholmen. The tower of Storkyrkan in the background.
A few pictures from the Internet of the area around Norrbro, Gustav Adolfs Torg and Strömparterren.
|Kungliga slottet, the Royal Palace
seen from Gustav Adolfs Torg with Gustav II Adolf on horseback in the
foreground of the picture. The towers of the two churches in the Old
Town can be seen in the background. It's a picture that probably
dates from the 50's, considering the streetcar and the general look of
||An old picture of the Royal Opera house from a web site. It is situated on Gustav Adolfs Torg at the opposite end of Norrbro from the Royal Palace.
|Riksdagshuset, the Swedish Parliament, seen across Strömparterren with Carl Milles statue, Solsångaren, and the North Bridge (Norrbro).
"Sweden Old Postcard STOCKHOLM Stromparterren Parliament
Stockholm. Stromparterren with Milles' "Sun-Singer" and the Parliament."
On our way from the Royal palace to Gustav Adolfs Torg via Norrbro (the North Bridge) and across what is called Norrström
(= the north stream, the branch of Lake Mälaren that separates the
island of the Old Town from Norrmalm, the bridge going across the tiny
island of Helgeandsholmen), we walked down the few steps to Strömparterren, a small and
beautiful area at the edge of this tiny island, where you get a
wonderful view towards the east and north.
We had lunch in
a small restaurant alongside Kungsträdgården and then walked
through the park over to Hamngatan and of course we made a visit to NK.
This luxurious department store was mostly for looks except for a nice
snack at one of their restaurants and cafeterias on the top floor and a
couple of CDs by the excellent Swedish classical guitarist, Göran
Sollscher. Nostalgic memories of the days when there was an outdoor
'takterrass', a rooftop restaurant where you could sit and look over
the very heart of the city, Norrmalmstorg, over to Nybroviken, an inlet
of Lake Mälaren - and even farther off. We walked down Hamngatan
(comptely flattened out since I left Stockholm in '62, (Hamngatsbacken
is now just a fond memory) over
to Sergels Torg. We made a quick buy at the old department store PUB
(NK being too snobbish to have what we wanted), where Greta Garbo was
discovered when she was working there as a clerk in the early twenties.
Leaving PUB from the south side we took a
quick look at Hötorget (= Haymarket, gorgeous flower stands) and
the Concert Hall before walking back to Sergels
Torg to catch the metro (tunnelbanan) to get to our friends' place in a southern suburb of Stockholm.
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|View eastwards from Strömparterren. In the background, behind Strömbron, on the
left side, is Grand Hotel, probably the most exclusive hotel in Scandinavia.
In the middle is the Nationalmuseum, the major art museum in Stockholm.
Over to the right can barely be seen the island of Skeppsholmen with
the roof of Skeppsholmskyrkan. On the right you can just see the three masts of AF Chapman, an old school ship which is now used as a youth hostel. It is moored next to Skeppsholmen.
more view from Strömparterren in the same direction. Almost the entire
building of Grand Hotel can be seen in this picture and, once again,
the Nationalmuseum (The National Museum of Fine Arts). Strömbron, once again, with traffic moving
over to the Old Town. The statue is Solsångaren by Carl Milles.
Royal Opera house seen from the side, the front entrance being on the
Gustav Adolfs Torg. On the right side of the building is the famous
of the most exclusive restaurants in Stockholm. Over to the right is
the beginning of Kungsträdgården (the King's park), a park
next to the street that goes to the very center of downtown Stockholm.
view from this beautifully arranged terrass. Grand Hotel once again (on
the right) and the beginning of Kungsträdgården with the
impressive old buildings on Kungsträdgårdsgatan, where you find more businesses than private apartments.