I read and loved Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (so did the rest of my book club in Charlotte, ladies this one is for you). In Stockholm, you can take the Stockholm City Museum’s popular and award-winning Stieg Larsson Millennium Tour (available in several languages). It is also possible to do a self-guided tour with a Millennium Map sold the City Museum for 40 SEK ($5).
Transit Stop: Slussen T-bana
Heading out in search of sites from the books and movies seemed like the perfect opportunity to check out Södermalm, a fantastic neighborhood in Stockholm where many of the book’s scenes are based. Sodermalm has always been the working-class, even bohemian part of the city. Although gentrified, it retains a unique character. Old wooden cottages and 20th century stone houses line its narrow cobblestoned streets. Steig Larsson lived there and he had his characters live there too, at least the heroes do. The villains live elsewhere.
Fiskargatan 9 – New Apartment Home of Lisbeth Salander
With her ill-gotten gains, Lisbeth Salander purchased a 21-room suite on the top floor of the upscale building Fiskargatan, 9 for 25 million kronor ($3,850,00 or 2,808,000 Euros). It is in an exclusive and discreet neighborhood. She chose the apartment for its light and excellent views over Gamla Stan, Djurgården Island and the Bay of Saltsjön. Built in 1910, its green metal roof, making it easy to spot.
In The Girl Who Played with Fire, Salander moves in to this apartment. She went to IKEA, furnished only three of its rooms.
The name on the door to Salander’s apartment is a nod to Sweden’s famous children’s book character, Pippi Longstocking’s town “Villerkulla”. The buzzer to her apartment was labeled “V. Kulla.” Stieg Larsson was inspired by the idea of a grown up Pippi Langstrump (Pippi Longstocking) who gets things done on her own when creating the character of Lisbeth Salander. This is clearly a nod to another famous Swedish author.
Transit Stop: Slussen T-bana
Lundagatan – First apartment of Lisbeth Salander
Unlike most of the locations in the books, the number of Lisbeth Salander’s flat on Lundagaten is never named. She had a miserable upbringing in her mother’s public housing flat on Lundagatan. At 18 Lisbeth Salander, aided by her guardian, Holger Palmgren, purchased it for her mother. From the books, we know it is located on Lundagatan street near Högalid church and is close to the #66 bus stop. Some have speculated that it is number 38. In the Girl Who Played With Fire, Salander moves to her new apartment at Kargatan 9. She allows Miriam Wu to use the flat. When Salander lived there, it was unorganized and not very clean. Miriam Wu cleans it up and decorates.
Transit Stop: Zinkensdamm T-bana
The Lunda Bridge (Lundabron)
This a bridge that connects Lundagatan, where Lisbeth Salander’s first apartment is located, and Bellmansgatan, the street where Mikael Blomkvist’s apartment is located. It is significant because it was the fastest way between them.
From the Lundabron, you can walk via Monteliusvagen, a quarter-mile promenade overlooking Lake Malaren and the Old Town, to Mikael Blomquist’s apartment. From the path you can also see the courthouse where Mikael stands on the steps after being found guilty of libel across the water.
Bellmansgatan 1 – Mikael Blomvist’s Apartment
It is located on Mariaberget Hill in the historic Söder district. Many of the buildings in this area were built after a fire in 1759. Blomkvist’s apartment is in a luxury building located in a desirable neighborhood. You can recognize it by its gothic and neo-gothic spires, mid-air walkway and castle-like details.
It has views of Riddarfjärden bay, the Saltsjon bay and Stockholm’s old town Gamla Stan. From the books, we know that Blomkvist bought the flat in the 1980s. In the book the entrance to his apartment is the front door of the building. In reality, it is accessed directly from the elevated walkway.
Don’t expect an undiscovered spot; it may well be Stockholm’s most well-known address. Fans from all over the world come see and photograph this building.
Subway Stop: Gamla Stan T-bana
More from Sodermalm tomorrow…