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Gamla Stan - The Old Town, Stockholm: 188 reviews and 354 photos

  "To you I sing a song, to you, oh radiant sun."
by sim1

When you are at the Riksdagshuset it really pays off to take the stairs down from the Norrbro bridge towards the Strömparterren (on the other side of the road from the Riksdagshuset) on the eastern side of the island of Helgeandholmen. From here you will have a wonderful view over the waters of the Norrström and you are surrounded by some of Stockholm most famous buildings: the Opera to the left, the Riksdagshuset behind you, the Grand Hotel across the water and the Royal Palace to the right. Although not all visible from here, the views are wonderful all the same.

Strömparterren is a little park which opened to the public in 1832. It is the location where you can visit the "Medeltidsmuseum" (more about that later), have a nice lunch or cup of coffee, of course enjoy the lovely views, and also see the statue by Carl Milles called "Solsångaren" (see photo).

Carl Milles (1875 - 1955) was a famous Swedish sculptor and you can still see quite a few of his works around Stockholm. The statue in the photo is called "Sölsångaren" or in English "The Sunsinger" (1925). He created this statue as a memorial to the poet Esaias Tegnér. Carl Milles was inspired by two lines of a Tegnérs poem:
"To you I sing a song, to you, oh radiant sun."

Carl Milles made a wonderful interpretation of this poem: the statue is facing the blue water and the bright sunshine, stretching out his arms towards the sun and you can just imagine the man singing in admiration to the sun and embracing its warmth. A feeling I could understand so well on this bright beautiful sunny day in the very heart of Stockholm.

Directions: On the eastern side of the island of Helgeandholmen, north of the Gamla Stan, opposite the Riksdaghuset. Take the stairs down at the Norrbro bridge.
Phone: +46 8 10 71 82
Website: http://www.gamlastanspolkagriskokeri.se

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  • Updated Jun 10, 2007
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