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City Center (Norrmalm) Walk (Self Guided), Stockholm

Once an independent city, Norrmalm has been a part of Stockholm (one of its central areas, these days) since 1635. Many of Norrmalm's old buildings were torn down during the 1950s-60s to clear space for modern construction. Still, the most notable pieces of local architecture are in place and reveal a wide range of styles - Late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque. Among the many places of interest found here are the Strindberg Museum (the last dwelling place of the Swedish author August Strindberg, a.k.a. "Blå tornet" (The Blue Tower)), the cemetery in which René Descartes was buried in 1650 before his remains were moved to France; and the Stockholm Concert Hall. To see these and other attractions of the Swedish capital, follow this guide and enjoy!
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City Center (Norrmalm) Walk Map

Guide Name: City Center (Norrmalm) Walk
Guide Location: Sweden » Stockholm (See other walking tours in Stockholm)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Stockholm Central Station
  • Klara Kyrka
  • Kulturhuset
  • Gustav Adolfs Square
  • Royal Swedish Opera
  • Saint James's Church
  • Stockholm Synagogue
  • Hallwylska palatset
  • Royal Dramatic Theatre
  • Nationalmuseet
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Stockholm Central Station

1) Stockholm Central Station

Stockholm Central Station (Swedish: Stockholms centralstation) is situated in the district of Norrmalm. The station was built between 1867 and 1871 with Adolf W. Edelsvärd as the architect. In front of the central station stands a statue of Nils Ericson.

Ringen ("the ring"), in the centre of the ground floor, is one of Stockholm Central station's most distinctive interior features. Citizens of Stockholm like to refer to it as Spottkoppen ("the spittoon").
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Klara Kyrka

2) Klara Kyrka

The Klara Kyrky, known also as the Church of Saint Clare, traces its history all the way back to the 16th century. Founded in 1280, the church originally served as a convent for the Roman Catholic Church. Its inhabitants were members of the order of Saint Clare, hence the name of the church. For over 300 years, the convent served the Roman Catholic Church. Gustav Vasa ordered the convent to be torn down in 1527, upon the commencement of the Protestant Reformation. Only 50 years later, the church was rebuilt into a magnificent piece of architectural history which stands today. The church, at present, is completely surrounded by buildings and, the spires peek above the structures to hint at its presence to the onlooker. The interior contains many paintings emblazoned with golden tones and warm hues, along with stylish stained glass highlights reminiscent of the 18th century and, a pulpit of gold is a site to be seen. As with many churches of the time, the churchyard contains a graveyard whose famous residents include poet, Carl Michael Bellman. The church is open to visitors Monday through Friday 10 a.m. through 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. through 6 p.m.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kulturhuset

3) Kulturhuset

Kulturhuset is a cultural center in Stockholm. Until 1983 it housed the Parliament of Sweden. Today it houses a theater, a library, an art gallery, several cafes and more entertainment facilities.
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Gustav Adolfs Square

4) Gustav Adolfs Square

The square is located in the district of Norrmalm, where Strömgatan, Fredsgatan, Malmtorgsgatan and Regeringsgatan meet. The site was named after King Gustav II Adolf. In the middle of the square there is a statue of Gustav II Adolf by the French-born, Swedish sculptor Pierre Hubert L'Archevêque (1721–1778) which was erected in 1796.

The square is home to the Royal Opera, Arvfurstens palats (housing the Ministry for Foreign Affairs) and the Ministry of Defence. South of the square are the Riksdag Building on Helgeandsholmen and the Royal Palace in Gamla stan.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Royal Swedish Opera

5) Royal Swedish Opera

Founded by patron King Gustav III, the Royal Swedish Opera opened with its inaugural performance of “Thetis and Phelée” in 1773. The opera house itself was opened in 1782. A new building took its place in 1892 under the direction of King Oscar II. The building was designed in the Neo-Classical style with an incredible foyer and grand marble staircase that guides patrons of the arts to a majestic three-tiered auditorium. Most of the productions are sung in the native language, for which they were written, with Swedish subtitles provided.

The opera has developed many famous operatic voices within its walls but is also the home of the Royal Swedish Ballet known as one of Europe's top ballet companies. Guided tours of the opera house are conducted at 12:30pm on most Saturdays, one of which is always in English. On certain Saturdays, the tours have a special theme, such as art exhibitions, opera for children, or costume exhibitions. On days of performances, red lanterns are lit above the main entrance to indicate when the show is sold out.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful inside and outside, this opera house has great architecture for those interested and is gorgeously decorated.
The actual stage and seating area is smaller than one might imagine, which makes for a very cozy and intimate setting.
The operas played here are frequently of very high quality.

Tip:
You can well purchase your ticket for performances online, as the schedule is published for the whole season.
By taking a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to look backstage, visit the Royal Box, and look into the orchestra pit.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 3-6pm; Sat: 12-3pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint James's Church

6) Saint James's Church

Located in the middle of Stockholm, Sweden, Saint Jame’s Church is close to some of the most popular attractions in the area. The church is named after the apostle and Saint, James the Great, known as the patron saint of travelers. The church itself is an architecturally confused design with a combination of Baroque, Late Gothic and Renaissance styles. The church’s history can be traced back to the early 14th century, around 1311. Like many Roman Catholic Churches throughout Stockholm, the church was ordered to be destroyed by King Gustav Vasa in 1527 during the Protestant Reformation. In 1580, King John III ordered the rebuild of the church by architect Heinrich van Huwen. The church was the victim of a fire in 1723, which destroyed its roof. Over the years following, steeples were added, along with a central tower. The church has seen several rebuilds and redesigns over its lifetime. Most recently, during the 1800s, the interior went through a transformation. Because the interior was so dark, the galleries were redesigned with better illumination which incorporated state-of-the-art gas lighting. During the early part of the 1900s, the church’s exterior was renovated, adding a copper roof and sandstone bases to the structure.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Stockholm Synagogue

7) Stockholm Synagogue

The Stockholm Synagogue, also known as “The Great Synagogue,” was built in the late 1800s according to the plans of famed architect Fredrik Wilhelm Scholander. The design is described as oriental influence. The rectangular structure is framed by four towers which each contain a staircase. The exterior is said to mirror the Biblical description of the Jerusalem Temple. The Temple itself holds approximately 850 people. Considered to be one of Stockholm’s most historic buildings, a grand library is located beneath the synagogue, which is proud to offer books in a multitude of languages that are represented throughout Sweden. In addition to housing books and periodicals, the library also sponsors exhibits throughout the year which are dedicated to the history of the Jewish people. The library includes the vast collection of books and materials from the library of Rabbi Marcus Ehrenpreis, who once served as Chief Rabbi of Sweden. One of the more unique characteristics of the building is the Holocaust Memorial which is engraved on the wall that connects the synagogue to the connecting community hall. The memorial has over 8,000 Holocaust victim’s names engraved into it, so that those who visit it will never forget the atrocities which occurred during World War II.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hallwylska palatset

8) Hallwylska palatset

Hallwyl House (Swedish: Hallwylska palatset) was built 1893–1898 to the design of Isak Gustaf Clason for Count Walther von Hallwyl and his wife,Wilhelmina. It was created to accommodate the office of the count and the extensive art collection of the countess. While the exterior of the building and the court is historical in style — borrowing architectural elements from medieval prototypes and Renaissance Venice — it was utterly modern on its completion — including electricity, central heating, telephones, and bathrooms. The elevator was a later addition. The countess collected her artworks during her worldwide journeys in order to found a museum, and, consequently, the palace was donated to the Swedish State in 1920, a decade before her death. The museum is open to the public, and the Hallwyl Collection which is housed there encompasses some 50,000 objects.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Royal Dramatic Theatre

9) Royal Dramatic Theatre (must see)

Sweden’s Royal Dramatic Theatre was founded in 1788 under the patronage of King Gustav III. The theater consists of an incredibly large building, which houses eight stages allowing the theater to present over 1,000 shows annually. Stora Scenen is the main stage and holds 720 people when sold out. The Lilla Scenen is much more intimate with 340 seats. The Lejonkula is devoted to young actors and productions for school-aged children. The Stora Elverket is devoted to contemporary productions.

With stages which hold hundreds of guests to no more than 60 guests, the theater caters to every type of theatergoer. Designed by architect, Fredrik Lilljekvist, the building has an Art Nouveau design, which is enhanced by the interior design skills of famous local artists like Carl Larsson and Carl Milles. The theatre has developed the talents of many an actor over the years. In fact, legendary Swedish actress Greta Garbo began her career at the Stockholm Royal Dramatic Theater, and Ingmar Bergman, the similarly celebrated Swedish director, to this day continues to stage at least two productions at the theater each year. Visitors should expect all productions to be in Swedish. Tours are conducted throughout the year, and it is recommended that guests call for reservations.

Tip:
The English guided tours are scheduled on Saturdays, usually at 5pm. Most Swedes speak English without any accent.
Note, however, that between April 23 and December 12, 2019, no guided tours will be offered due to renovation works.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Nationalmuseet

10) Nationalmuseet (must see)

Nationalmuseet is the national art gallery of Sweden. It is housed inside a building dating back to 1866. Today the museum exhibits over a half of million of paintings, porcelain, sculptures and other works of art.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles

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