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Old September 2nd, 2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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Stockholm -extensive tour of city center and Sonisphere festival

I went to Stockholm with my friend to go to Sonisphere Festival, a rock festival headlined by Iron Maiden. We arrived late on Friday after a 7 hour road trip from Malmö. It was my 2nd time in Scandinavia’s largest city. The half Saturday and the half Sunday we had time to spend in on sightseeing in Sweden’s capital. The festival was on Saturday afternoon. The weather was a disaster; heavy rain and storm and nowhere to go inside during the festival. In the city the weather was better, only grey skies and summer showers.

I decided to show picture in chronological order for instance.

Friday:


SEB:s HQ in Sundbyberg. Sunny after a mostly grey road trip!


Solna Hotell, our hotel in a forest in the outskirts of Solna (all rooms where occupied in Stockholm).

Saturday:






Ibis Hotel in Hägersten, we had to change rooms cause no hotel had rooms for 2 nights available.

GAMLA STAN (OLD TOWN):

Gamla Stan is the oldest part of Stockholm, situated on a small island between Södermalm and Norrmalm.


Gondolen and Katarinahissen, the outdoor elevator that takes you down Södermalm to ground level.






A ferry to Djurgården.


Gröna Lund.




Slussen.

MORE FROM GAMLA STAN (OLD TOWN):














Stortorget. Svenska Akademins headquarters.




Stortorget.


Stockholms Slott, the Royal Castle. Europe’s largest of its kind.


Slottet is the Swedish monarch’s official residence.


Slottsbacken, the Castle Hill.




The view from there is nice.


This is Kaknästornet, Sweden’s tallest TV tower. It is 155m tall and was built in 1967.


Storkyrkan at Slottsbacken.


Sankt Göran och draken (St Göran and the dragon) at the small square Köpmantorget.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 07:27 PM   #2
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Köpmangatan.




Leaning coffee in Gamla Stan. Very expensive – 50 skr!






Österlånggatan?


Tyska Kyrkan. (German Church). A landmark of Gamla Stan.


Rock Town, a store for shirts and acessories associated with rock.
But all over the city, you can see people in Iron Maiden T-shirts because of the concert.


Västerlånggatan. The crowded narrow main street of Gamla Stan with many old fashioned stores, cafés and art galleries.


A typical narrow lane in Gamla Stan.


Gåsgränd, means Geese Lane.


This gate in the middle of Riksdagshuset, is leading over the bridge to Drottninggatan on the district Norrmalm.




Riksdagshuset, the seat of the Swedish government.

NORRMALM:


Stockholms Stadshus, the City Hall of Stockholm, is 106m tall and was built in 1923. This is where the world famous Nobelfesten takes place. It is located on the district Kungsholmen.


The gate to Norrmalm and Drottninggatan.




Skyline with Riddarholmskyrkan and Stadshuset.




Drottninggatan is one of Stockholm’s main streets, but it feels a bit stiff.


A store to go before the concert!


A silver building at Drottninggatan.


Sergels Torg, perhaps the most famous square in Sweden.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 07:28 PM   #3
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Sergels Torg has many problems with drug addicts. Many people dislike the way the square were rebuilt in the 60s, and there are serious plans to redevelop it.


“Plattan”, is what this problematic place at Sergels Torg is called.
The building with the clock is the large department store Åhléns City.


The glass pillar by Edvin Öhrström is 37m high and was erected in 1974.
Hötorgsskraporna is the name of the 5 so called “skyscrapers” situated between Sergels Torg and Hötorget. They are just 61m tall each.


Hötorgsskraporna are the most significant highrises downtown. They were built in 1962. Despite having just 19 floors, many people still think they are too tall for downtown Stockholm. May be it is the modernist design they don’t like…


Sankta Klara Kyrka (S:ta Clara Church) seen from Sergels Torg with Kulturhuset (a cultural complex) to the left. Klara Kyrka is 116m tall and was completed in 1590. It is Sweden’s tallest church.


Hamngatan with one of the new tram lines.
Both Olof Palme and Anna Lindh was murdered in this area.


NK on Hamngatan is Sweden’s largest and most exclusive department store.
The politican Anna Lindh was stabbed to death here in 2001.


Norrmalmstorg. Famous for the bank robbery “Norrmalmstorg drama” in the 1960s that lead to the new expression “Stockholm syndrome”.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 07:28 PM   #4
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Next: Östermalm and Sonisphere
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 12:01 AM   #5
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Nice pics.
I really like the scandinavian countries/cities
...especially the scandinavian women
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 12:03 AM   #6
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Looks like a very vibrant city actually! Great shots all round there.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 11:27 AM   #7
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Very nice, great photos from Stockholm Nightsky
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Old September 4th, 2010, 06:27 PM   #8
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ÖSTERMALM:


Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern, or simply called “Dramaten”, is located at Nybroplan.


Kungsträdgården, one of very few parks in central Stockholm. The park is very small.


“Dramaten” seen from Kungsträdgården. Stockholm has very few trams, but this is a new one.


View towards the famous Radisson Strand Hotel.

Strandvägen, the harbour road on Östermalm:




Hotel Diplomat.


Södermalm skyline seen from Östermalm: From Katarina Kyrka to Södertorn.


Djurgården and Södermalm.


Gröna Lund, Stockholm’s most famous amusement park. On Djurgården.


Horse parade seen while having a beer at a restaurant on Strandvägen.
It is now starting to rain.


The bridge to Djurgården from Östermalm.


The old time trams to Djurgården has a mobile café!


Karlaplan, the end of the long Naravägen (and Karlavägen).


Karlavägen, a major street on Östermalm.




Hedvig Eleonora Kyrka.


Östermalmstorg with Saluhallen, the old market hall.


Östermalmstorg with Hedvig Eleonora Kyrka.


Sibyllegatan from Östermalmstorg.


Humlegårdsgatan from Östermalmstorg.


Östermalmstorg. Having lunch before going by subway to Stora Skuggan, where Sonisphere festival takes place.

Next: Sonisphere festival!
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Old September 4th, 2010, 10:20 PM   #9
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city looks really nice is it grey like this most of the year?
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Old September 6th, 2010, 06:52 AM   #10
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Beautiful pictures of a nice city. Shame you got some rain...but I bet the concert compensated all of that
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Old September 6th, 2010, 06:10 PM   #11
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This year only July and parts of August have been sunny in Sweden. At least here in Malmö, I think it has been about the same in Stockholm.
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Sonisphere (also Saturday):

Sonisphere is an annual rock/metal festival that takes place in several different cities in Europe. This year it took place at Stora Skuggan (Big Shadow), a large field in the northern outskirts of Stockholm, near the university. The festival was headlined by Iron Maiden. Other big artists were Alice Cooper, Slayer, Mötley Crüe and Iggy Pop. We didn’t see the rest.

It rained heavily the whole time and there was nowhere to go inside! The arrangement was really bad, you had to wait for about 30 min to go to the toilet, the queue for the food stands were about the same. There were just about 30 toilets for 50 000 people. And 3,5% beer costed 50 skr!


Turning Torso like sculptures at the entrance.




Slayer, good and heavy as usual.






Wet and cold people heading to Alice Cooper.







Alice Cooper made a theatrical show.




After a while only mud and dirt was left of the ground.


Some people started to mud wrestle in this puddle!










When Maiden started to play it stopped raining. When the concert was over it didn’t only start to rain heavily, a real thunderstorm was taking place!

However it was my first Maiden concert ever, it was fantastic.

The day after Sonisphere moved to Poori, Finland and the weather became even worse there. A typhone was moving right through the area, leaving 40 people wounded, and destroyed one of Maiden’s planes!!!

Next: Södermalm and more of Gamla Stan!
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Your captions for the photos are very negative. Despite that, I love Stockholm and your photos are generally very good.
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I have noticed that, too. However, some of the comments are true. Stockholm isn't a safe city.
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I have noticed that, too. However, some of the comments are true. Stockholm isn't a safe city.
If Stockholm isn't safe then 90% of all cities worldwide aren't safe. If one was to look at violent crime, Stockholm is much safer than Auckland per capita.
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If Stockholm isn't safe then 90% of all cities worldwide aren't safe. If one was to look at violent crime, Stockholm is much safer than Auckland per capita.
Sorry, i was overreacting a bit. Today some melancholic mood hit me.

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charming and vibrant city despite the cloudy atmosphere.
wow, people really stayed put in the concert inspite of the heavy rain.
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Good thing about portuguese music festivals...NO RAIN!!! On one of those first mud pics there´s a girl with probably the worst shoe-choice ever for a rainy festival. Even to a not so rainy fest that would look bad
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Thaks for comments!

@dj4life and Svartmetall: I haven't noticed that the comments might sound a bit negative, but when I read it afterwards I think its true. Stockholm is a really beautiful city, the citizens where friendly and we had a good time there, but the weather was so bad that is hard to not write anything about it. The coffee was so expensive that I had to write about it, even though it's expensive in most capital cities. And the problems with Sergels Torg are so wellknown here in Sweden that I think they are worth mentioning, however I think it looks cool in some way. When they want to film some cool modern views from Stockholm on TV they always show Sergels Torg and Hötorgsskraporna.

I also want to say that I in general think it's more intersting to tell the truth then give some unrealistic tourist version of everything.
But I never said that Stockholm was unsafe, where did you find that? I think Stockholm is equally safe to or safer then most other big European cities.

@Andre idol: Many people, especially women were not dressed for that weather, I think it is because the weather report said it should just be showers and it was just a little bit grey when the festival started.
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Sunday:

On Sunday, the day after the festival, it was still very cloudy but it didn’t rain at least. We visited Södermalm, were we parked our car next to Högalidskyrkan, and Gamla Stan.

SÖDERMALM:




Högalidskyrkan, the twin tower church on top of a hill on Södermalm. It is built in national romantic style, which means it got inspiration from older Swedish styles.


It was completed in 1923 and was drawn by Ivar Tengbom.


Hornsgatan, the main street of Södermalm that goes in a west-east direction.


An 80s Cadillac on Hornsgatan.


There are many Chinese restaurants on Hornsgatan.


Viking Bar, according to my friend featured in Jönssonligan. A bit funny with the Volvo’s wheels that are mirroring exactly in the viking shield.


Hornsgatan towards the East.


Mariatorget, a wellknown small square at Hornsgatan though nothing special (the fountain is nice but still). Crazy small birds wanted my baguette!


Houses built on rocks on the street with the odd name Brännkyrkagatan (Burn Church Street).






The northern edge of Södermalm is very hilly.


A Gamla Stan (Old Town) skyline pano from the rocks of Södermalm.
Towers from the left: Stadshuset, Riddarholmskyrkan, S:ta Klara Kyrka, Hötorgsskraporna, Storkyrkan, Tyska Kyrkan

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The viewing point is near Stockholm’s Hilton.


KF-huset (Coop’s HQ) with the famous Katarinahissen, the outdoor elevator that takes you down from Södermalm’s rock to ground level.
The original elevator was built in 1883, but was torn down because of the reconstruction of Slussen and the new elevator was inaugurated in1936. On the lower ground of the skybridge is the classic restaurant Gondolen.


Stadshuset and Riddarholmskyrkan.


Mose Backe and local SL subway trains, seen from a boat.
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