This blog post is part of Favourite Places in Stockholm series curated collaboratively with Maria who is a co-blogger and Ivan who is the curator of the Instagram account and me, as we explore our favourite spots in the city.
Stockholm is a city that is so beautifully vulnerable to every season that it offers different shades on the city canvas throughout the year. It would be hard to grow bored of Stockholm when it is filled with bright colours in the spring, summer is warm and long days on the beach, autumn arrives when the city colours itself in the orange sunset and winter is dark and gloomy until the white snow brings back the child in every adult.
I have been lucky to find spots in every corner of the city that I can get lost in, blending like any other colour of those buildings. Stockholm is one of the best “storyteller” I have come across. The narrow street, a randomly shaped emblem on a random building with a random colour tile has a story to tell. The bridges, the palaces and the statues that had stood the time and witnessed the city grow through centuries teach the art of storytelling. The hills, the deep urban woods and the blue water bodies bring nature close to people.
Located on the top of a small steep cliff, Monteliusvägen offers a magnificent view of Stockholm. It has been my weekly ritual to visit this spot and watch the city from a bird’s eye view as time flies by. In the spring, you can watch the sunset across the horizon, painting the city on a canvas of orange. From here, you can catch a glimpse of the city hall, lake Mälaren and the church Riddarholmskyrka (which is the resting place of most of the Swedish monarchs).
Streets of Old City
Walking on the clobbered stoned narrow streets of the old city lined with the colourful medieval building is a treat to a traveller’s heart. There are cafes and bookstalls that could be explored. Take a turn on any street and you will be faced with a story from the medievals.
City hall is special to me because this was the first monument I visited when I moved to Stockholm. It is where the Nobel banquet happens every year and KTH organises the student reception in the same building. You can get a beautiful view of the city hall from Riddarholmen.
Stockholm as I said is not just a city metaphorically filled with stories, it has a beautiful library for all the book lovers in the city with more than 50,000 books. Stadsbiblioteket (Stockholm Public Library) is the main library of the Stockholm library public system. The library was designed by the famous Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund in 1922 in Nordic Classicism Style. Standing in the centre of the library and watching the 360° tower of books is a sight that makes one fall in love with a library. I have rented more than 20 books in a span of 6 months. Do visit to enjoy the ambience of a Hogwarts library.