Norrmalm Cultural Walk, Part 2 (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. The district is a home to The Royal Swedish Opera, The Medelhavsmuseet (Mediterranean Museum) and Moderna Museet (modern and contemporary art museum) hosting one of the richest modern art collections in the world. To see these and other places of interest of the Swedish capital, follow this guide and enjoy!
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Guide Name: Norrmalm Cultural Walk, Part 2
Guide Location: Sweden » Stockholm (See other walking tours in Stockholm)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: rose
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Hallwylska palatset

1) 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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St. Eugenia's Church

2) St. Eugenia's Church

The exquisite Saint Eugenia’s Church in Stockholm, Sweden is a Roman Catholic Church located in the center of the city. This modern church was designed by architect Jørgen Kjaergaard and was built in 1982. The church was sanctified to the Blessed Eugenia, who was an abbess at the monastery of Mont-Odile in Alsace. The Jesuit-run church community itself was first established in 1837 and is considered to be the oldest Roman Catholic Parish in Scandinavia. It was one of the first Roman Catholic Churches established after the Protestant Reformation. A product of the right to religious freedom, which was given to the citizens of Sweden in 1860, the church began with a small congregation of just a couple hundred people and grew to almost 10,000 congregants today. During the 1950s, the church was ordered to be knocked down when the city council decided to restore the historic area of town where it is located. The church was relocated within the walls of a historic courtyard and, other than a massive golden cross, the church cannot be seen from the street. Unique features include a red brick interior and a colossal wooded cross, which was made from the roof beams of the preceding church building. Visitors to the church can expect to hear mass in Arabian, English, Polish or Swedish.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Stockholm Synagogue

3) 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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Saint James's Church

4) 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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Medelhavsmuseet

5) Medelhavsmuseet (must see)

A celebration of the art and history of the Mediterranean, the Medelhavsmuseet is an exquisite location with Italian style reminiscent of the Renaissance. Visitors will be enchanted by the immense collection of Etruscan, Roman, Egyptian, Greek, Cypriot and Roman art and artifacts which fill the museum’s rooms. For an added treat, visitors must not miss the Gold Room, which has a broad assortment of gold artifacts from Cyrus, Greece and the Near East.

The collection includes pieces commonly worn by men and women during life and after death. Many of the pieces were acquired from the private collections of art collectors like Georg von Békésy and Carl Kempe. The Leventis Gallery houses antiquities of the Island of Cyprus. Mostly from archaeological finds, many of the items in the collection date back 7,000 years.

The Near Eastern Collection focuses mainly on objects from the Bronze Age. The exhibit is one of the most immense collections of Persian bronzes in the world. The Islamic Exhibition offers a selection of art and artifacts, which date from between 600 CE and 1900 CE. The room has a large selection of metal, ceramic and tile pieces to be explored, while the Egyptian exhibit concentrates on the life of the Pharaohs from 3000 BCE to the Common Era.

Why You Should Visit:
The building itself (former bank) is worth a visit and having ancient jewelry displayed in the former safe is a very nice touch.
The mummies in the cellar are another highlight, and the presentation work gives visitors the impression of going down in the burial chamber of a pyramid.

Tip:
If you are in a hurry, take the Egyptian collection first; otherwise, go through the other sections first and keep this (the star attraction) to last.
Don't miss the Baghdad Café upstairs for some Middle Eastern fares and delicacies among authentic pieces of art dating ancient times.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 11am–8pm; Sat, Sun: 11pm–5pm
Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Royal Swedish Opera

6) Royal Swedish Opera (must see)

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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Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities

7) Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities

The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Founded by the Swedish Parliament in 1926, the museum was originally developed around the discoveries unearthed by Swedish archaeologist Johan Gunnar Anderson in Eastern Asia, China, India and the Middle Kingdom. Gunnar’s collections of painted ceramics from China’s Stone Age are just some of the items on display in the museum. Nowadays, the museum houses a huge selection of classical art, cultural art and archeological finds. Some of the permanent collections in the museum include Prehistoric China, The Age of the Emperors, Japanese Artifacts, Indian Sculptures, Chinese paintings and the Book History of China. Guests will enjoy exploring the Prehistoric Chinese Artifacts, Chinese River Paintings, Porcelain Vases and Japanese Woodcuts. Over the years, the museum has hosted a wide range of traveling exhibits included Bollywood, Japanese Ink Calligraphy, silk painting and photography. Since 1999, the museum has been a part of the National Museums of World Culture, which includes the Museum of Mediterranean and Near East Antiquities and the Museum of Ethnography. The museums are located in close proximity to one another and visitors can plan a day around visiting these museums.

Operation hours: Tuesday: 11 am - 8 pm; Wednesday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Teater Galeasen

8) Teater Galeasen

For those who enjoy theatre, the Teater Galeasen offers the public an unconventional approach to the modern theater. This independent theater company is based in Stockholm, Sweden and has a extended history of bringing a wide selection of dramatic productions to the public. The company was founded in 1983 and presents everything from classic to contemporary and alternative to the avant-garde style of theatrical productions. This is the place where young actors come to hone their dramatic skills and develop their acting technique. In fact, many of its actors throughout its lifetime, have become quite renowned throughout the theatrical world. Considered to be one of the most unique theater companies in Sweden, the theater has produced over 60 shows, throughout its existence, including some written by Nobel Prize winners. Not a family show, the theater is known to delve into controversial and nonconformist themes which involve social decay, psychological depth, aberrant behavior and sexuality. The touring company associated with this theater has traveled internationally to places including Estonia, Italy, Finland and throughout Europe. Additionally, the group has performed throughout the Scandinavia. The box office is open Tuesday through Sunday. It is closed on Monday. Visitors will want to call the theater to find out more about the theater productions currently being presented.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Moderna Museet

9) Moderna Museet (must see)

The Moderna Museet is one of the most extensive national art collections of 20th and 21st-century art in the world. It first opened its doors in 1958 but has since outgrown its original location and is now located in a building well known for its sleek, clean lines and natural lighting.

Over the years, the museum has displayed artworks of renowned artists like Pollock, Kandinsky, Picasso, Klee, Van Gogh, Warhol, Oldenburg, and Magritte. It has presented everything from film festivals to art happenings, which have drawn intercontinental crowds. Besides paintings and sculptures, the museum has a huge collection of photographs donated by the Friends of Fotografiska Museet.

When guests arrive in the museum, they will notice that the displays are placed in inverted chronological order, where they begin with the most recent pieces in the collection and, as they arrive at the back of the building, they have travelled back in time over one hundred years.

Why You Should Visit:
The museum holds some iconic pieces, paying equal attention to contemporary artists at home and abroad.
Its design & signage are nice to explore, as is the garden outside with over a dozen cool sculptures.

Tip:
Stop in the café for a drink or cake and enjoy the view overlooking the boats and the harbor (try to grab a table by the window, or sit outdoors on the terrace).

Opening Hours:
Tue, Fri: 10am-8pm; Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun: 10am-6pm
Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia

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