Means “slowly we walk through the town” in English and it’s the Swedish title for the song “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home”… In the Swedish lyrics is all about walking through Stockholm on a warm and light summer night.
One of our biggest jazz-singer, Monica Zetterlund had a massive hit with it in 1962. What I understand goes the song back to the 1930.
It wasn’t a warm or light summer night when my friend, Anna-Lisa and I walked through Stockholm a couple weeks ago. It was a grey Monday with the rain hanging over us, but still Stockholm showed us it’s beautiful. We arrived just before noon, my friend lives 40 min away from the city center with commuter train.
The first Hötorgshallen stood on this site in the 1880’s. Today delicacies from all around the world share the space in Hötorgshallen. Go on a gastronomical journey, and browse through the market booths.
After that we walked along city center – to the “Gamla Stan” – the “Old town”. The city where very busy getting the Christmas lights and decorations up. Some was already up, but not lite. We turn on the Christmas light the first Sunday of Advent, fourth Sunday before Christmas.
Some shops had Christmas products on display in their shop windows and some had products only inside the store, you could feel that Christmas is close.
We had a great cup of coffee at one of the hundred cafes – and a massive cinnamon bun, called “kanelbulle” in Swedish.
Stockholm’s City Hall – “Stadshuset” (english) .. it the most famous landmark of Stockholm, even more famous then the Royal Castle – it’s in this building the famous Nobel banquette will be served after the Nobel prize ceremony, where 1300 guests will be served a silver service 3 course dinner. All served at the same time.
It took 15 years to build and was finished in 1923.It’s situated on the island, Kungsholmen and nearly next door neighbor with Stockholm Central Station. Kungsholm is so big it’s divided in two 5 neighborhoods.
Gamla stan (The Old Town), until 1980 officially Staden mellan broarna (The Town between the Bridges), is the old town of Stockholm. The town dates back to the 13th century, and consists of medieval alleyways,cobbled streets, and archaic architecture. North German architecture has had a strong influence in the Old Town’s construction. There is The German Church and and still a German School on of the streets is namned the German Street – Tyska Gatan.
Sweden has strong German Influence – we had a king, Gustaf II Adolf – he had a war going on in Northern German in Lützen for 30 years, and on the foggy morning of 6th of November 1632 his horse came back alone and the war was finally over. Rumors said that it was his own that shot him, because they were so feed up with the war and wanted to go back home. Don’t blame them.
Just as we had walked through the Old Town and was on Skeppsbron, the rain came over us – but only for 10-15 min. Now we were just beside the Royal Castle and opposite the prestigious Grand Hotel, Stockholm’s pure luxury 5* hotel and the Royal Opera House with its famous restaurant “Opera Källaren”. The beautiful red church is Sankt Jacobs Church finish in 1643.
We walked through Kungsträdgården .. and the ice rink was already up and running – with a young boy and two girls trying to skate. It was lovely to walk through the park with all the lights reflecting in the rain puddles, but started to become a bit chilly.
Because of the rain and chill – will we finish of the walk an other time – this is more than enough for you to melt .. hopefully I have given you a picture of how beautiful Stockholm is – and this is on a grey and wet day. You can image how stunning it’s on a sunny summer day.
I love Stockholm, I had to move aboard before I start visiting Stockholm – strange. When living in Sweden I only briefly visit twice and it was a day of business and between two trains. But I have made up for it during the last 10 years.
“Perhaps we are all suffering from Stockholm syndrome.”
Photos provided by and thanks to: 7digital.com (moncia zetterlung)
& sverigesradio.se (gustaf II adolf)