As I promised in the previous post about Stockholm, we are going to look at different parts of this wonderful city to discover what each one of them brings to the table. First on the list is Östermalm, a beautiful historical district just across the bay from the Old Town (Gamla Stan).
Östermalm is the place where you can feel the spirit of Stockholm at its best. It is not crowded with tourists, except of the area closest to the water which is very popular, but it is absolutely worth your visit. It started getting its current face in the late 19th century when most of the characteristic residential buildings were built. Even though they are not nearly as old as those in the Old Town they are simply stunning. They come in different shapes, sizes and colours but at the same time create a very harmonical environment.
Obviously, I am not the only one who likes these buildings. In fact, there are so many people that would love to live in this area that it is, by some, referred to as the most expensive residential area in Sweden. It is not unusual that apartments in Östermalm are sold for over a million euros.
Thanks to the historical importance of these places several interesting institutions such as the Swedish History Museum, the Army Museum or the Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology can be found there. If museums are not quite your thing or you have already seen them all, you don’t need to worry, there are many other things for you to explore.
I recommend to start your wanders around Östermalm from the west, coming from Norrmalmstorg, and continue walking by the sea despite many others doing just that and therefore the streets being a bit crowded. You will naturally arrive from this side if you come from the Old Town or the Main Railway Station, for example. The views are absolutely worth it at any time of the year. There is also a beautiful promenade between the roads and a tree alley which you can’t miss. Sometimes you will even meet someone riding a horse there which only adds to the atmosphere.
The tree alley ends by the Djurgårds bridge which, of course, leads to Djurgården. As today we are focusing on Östermalm we will not continue on the bridge but go deeper into our part of the city instead. Opposite to the mentioned bridge you will immediately find one of the main streets crossing Östermalm. My advice – slow down and keep your eyes open. There are too many things to see to name them all. Some of my favourites, though, are the Oscar’s Church on the right-hand side, the building on the crossing of Narvavägen and Linnégatan just by the Swedish History Museum at Kvarteret Krubban and Karlaplan at the very end of this long street. Karlaplan is a really nice place where many streets meet together with a subway station so it is one of those places where you can observe and experience the daily city life.
For sure, there are many places worth seeing in Östermalm but there is something even more special about it, something truly magical. Its atmosphere. The atmosphere that you can feel in these streets is magical. It’s like from a movie which is why I once more recommend you to slow down, keep your eyes wide open and wander around. When you see a person on their old, but stylish, bicycle riding along the street on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon with a bouquet of fresh flowers in their basket you know that this place is magical. It may even sound silly but believe me, this area is not only a place like any other.