Put a spring in your step with these springtime activities in Stockholm!
Hej! I’m Miranda, an exchange student from England. I study Literature and Philosophy and I’ve been living in Stockholm since August 2016. I survived the cold Swedish winter and now I want to share some pleasant things to do with your days now that the sun is back. So here’s a list of activities that are perfect for springtime:
Just a 10 minute walk from University there is a magical place called ‘Stora Skuggans 4H-gård’. It is a farm where you can see horses, rabbits, cows, chickens and mini pigs! Recently lots of piglets were born and you can currently see them running around at the farm. I was there recently and all the piglets somehow escaped from their pen and were frantically trotting about, which was the greatest moment of my life.
Here you can see a picture of a very friendly piglet.
Kosläpp (letting out the cow)
In Sweden there is a yearly tradition called ‘Kosläppet’ which translates as ‘to let out the cow’. Just like us, the cows have been inside all winter to keep away from the cold. During the ‘Kosläpp’ event, the cows are released from their barns and they run joyously out into the field to jump and frolic. You can witness this merry event for yourself because farms all across Sweden open up to the public and make a day of it. Many of these events are sponsored by ‘Arla’, the dairy company, so if you look on their website you should find all the information you need about how to get involved. Word on the street is that there will also be free mjölk and kanelbullar at the events.
The weekly flea market in Hornstull, Sodermalm has just reopened for the season and has a great variation of stalls to browse. I tend to head straight to the street food trucks, but as well as food, there are also stalls selling antiques, art, fashion and vintage goods all along the waterfront. There’s also lots of space to sit down and sunbathe once you’ve finished shopping. If you’re tempted by the street food, I especially recommend the Indian Street Food truck. The market happens every Saturday and Sunday and will close again in September.
While we’re on the subject of food, Günter’s is a hot dog stand in Vasastan that serves world famous korvs. It was founded by Günter Schwarz in the 80s and is now run by his relatives. There are 25 different korvs from all over the world (including vegetarian options), and it is a great place to grab lunch on a sunny day. There’s always a queue, which is testament to the korv being worth the wait. Somewhere not to be missed during your time in Stockholm.
To complete your excellent Spring day, head to one of Stockholm’s great sunset-watching spots. My favourite is Skinnarviksberget, which is the highest natural point in central Stockholm with amazing views of the city. You can reach it by walking from the Zinkensdamm tunnelbana, or take the scenic route and walk across Monteliusvägen, which is a 500m long walking path overlooking the city.
Just a short walk from Skinnarviksberget is Mosebacke terassen, which is an outdoor beer garden that has just opened up for summer. You can also head here to watch the sunset, and stay for the music and drinks. Outdoor concerts are held here throughout summertime, and you can buy ice creams and food. When night falls you can head into Sodra Teatern to dance.
Have a magnificent springtime!