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P.O. Box 7620
Solna/Stockholm, 103 94
Phone: (46) 8 705 70 00
Fax: (46) 8 705 70 79
Located in Hagaparken, in the northern part of Stockholm, you will find Fjäril och Fågelshuset (the Butterfly and Bird House). This is an interesting place for people of all ages. Once inside, your first visit would be through a greenhouse garden with a beautiful collection of plants, trees, and fish. From there you can enter the exciting bird house. The constant stream of humans has not deterred the birds or forced them into the reclusion of their trees and shrubs. Rather, they are bold and loud, shrieking and flying about, or they walk around on the ground, sometimes forcing people to walk around them. Then there is the Butterfly Room; it is magical. Butterflies are everywhere, they land on your shoulders, your head and your eyelashes. They are lovely, that is until you reach the cocoon and larva display, where you realise they haven't always been that beautiful. On the other side of the gallery and café, is a Japanese garden filled with hummingbirds. The! best time to visit would be during the colder, darker months.
If you are interested in theatre history, a visit to Confidencen, the Ulriksdal Palace Theatre, is essential. Confidencen is actually older than the better-known Drottningholm Palace Theatre; the interior, created in Rococo style by Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz in 1753, is the oldest in Sweden. The name Confidencen comes from an ingenious contraption in the royal apartment, right next to the auditorium: a so-called table à confidence which was lowered into the basement through a hatch in the floor, set by the servants and then raised up to the apartment again. After the death of king Gustav III, none of the royal Highnesses had much of a theatrical interest, and Confidencen was all but forgotten about until the early twentieth century. Today, Confidencen is operated by a foundation and in the summertime it offers a star-studded programme of concerts, plays and operas.
During the 1780s King Gustav III acquired the Haga and Brahelund properties just north of the city. Aided by architect Fredrik Magnus Piper, he started to create a romantic landscape. The park was set out as woodland, and adhered to a rigid layout in the style of an English park. Several buildings and pavilions were built in the park, such as the Turkish Pavilion and Gustav III's Pavilion. The foundations of a magnificent palace were also laid. The King's intention was to place his collection of antique Roman statues in the galleries of the new palace. However, with the assassination of Gustav III in 1792, the French architect Louis Jean Deprez never finished the Museum Palace. The ruins of Haga are still there to be seen.
This eighteenth-century pavilion overlooks the waters of Brunnsviken. In the Haga park, just north of Stockholm, King Gustav III constructed various French and Neo-Classical buildings. An old house on the former Brahelund property was rebuilt as Gustav III's pavilion. It is one of the finest examples of Swedish and European Neo-Classicism. Louis Masreliez decorated the interior, which along with the original furniture are well preserved. Guided tours of the Pavilion are arranged from June to September. Check the website for details.
Ulriksdals palace was originally called Jacobsdal after Jacob de la Gardie, for whom the palace was built in the 1640s. Originally built in Renaissance style, it has been transformed several times by Nicodemus Tessin. Queen Hedvig Eleonora purchased the palace in 1684, and gifted it to her newborn grandson, Prince Ulrik, after which it was renamed Ulriksdal. For over two decades the palace was used as a hospital, but became a royal residence again for Crown Prince Karl and Crown Princess Lovisa. The famous 1923 living room with furniture designed by Carl Malmsten is one of the finest Swedish 20th-century interiors. The Orangerie, dating from the late 17th Century, is now a museum for sculpture. Under King Adolf Fredrik and Queen Lovisa Ulrika the old riding school was turned into a theater, which was very popular during summer. To get to the palace, take the subway to Bergshamra and then bus number 540.
Ulriksdals Slottspark at the Ulriksdals Slott is a verdant garden that makes for a scenic delight. Set against the backdrop of the majestic castle, the lush green lawns are a sight to behold. The park, like the palace, is open to the public only from the month of June to August. Though, from time to time, the place is known to host a large number of cultural events. Check website for more details.
This church dates back to the 1180s, when it was the main church in the regions of Stockholm and Djurgården. In 1529, this title was transferred to Storkyrkan. Solna Church has two famous fifteenth century wooden sculptures. One is of the patron saint of Solna, known as 'St Martin Riding a Horse'. There are also paintings by Petrus Målare and Albertus Pictor. August Strindberg, Ingrid Bergman, Vilhelm Moberg and Alfred Nobel were all buried here. Services are held every Sunday.
Frescati, named after Villa Frescati that takes its name from Frascati in Italy. The verdant area bordering the Villa is now commonly called Frescati and has become a popular academic haunt, with a number of educational institutions located in the area. The Bellman Relay is one of the most famous races in Sweden and its route passes through the beautiful green surroundings of Frescati. A verdant zone that students find a pleasure to lounge around in.
The tower was built over a hundred years ago, and its garden has trees from all over the world. Perfect for a lovely walk with a beautiful view! Brunch is served in the tower on Sundays.
This building is a fine example of the neo-classical style of architecture. Located close to Odenplan, this two-level, wooden residence is a prime tourist attraction. Architect Erik Palmstedt designed this building, which was commissioned by governor Carl Sparre. It is also known as the Wooden Palace, and was the residence of Queen Desideria in the early 1800s.
In 1913, Sweden experienced a revolution through the Pentecostal Movement and one of the results was the country's largest protestant Free Church movement and was headed by Pastor Lewi Pethrus. Pentecostal churches in Sweden are usually called Filadelfia. Built in 1930, the Filadelfia church is located where the old porcelain factory, Rörstrand, used to be. It lies next to the beautiful Rörstrand palace. Services are held through the week.
The Stora Skuggan, which literally translates into Big Shadow, is a historical site in the Nationalstadsparken Stockholm-Solna (National City Park). This site was constructed during the 18th Century, thus, making it one of the oldest venues in Stockholm. The Stora Skuggen, historically, has been used for various purposes such as a restaurant, farm and more. There's also an orangery at the venue which is a sight for sore eyes. The edifice is unique, extravagant and very well maintained till date. To know more about this delightful place, do visit their website.