Monday, November 08, 2010

Stieg Larsson's Stockholm

In the footsteps of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy


The Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium thriller trilogy has become a huge success. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been made into films and TV series. Since the launch of the books masses of Stieg Larsson fans have been making their way to Stockholm to see the settings where the stories take place. The Millennium trilogy revolves around the investigating journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer-hacker Lisbeth Salander. The main characters live and work in the island of Södermalm.
Experience Stockholm from the Millennium characters’ perspective
Stockholm City museum arranges award winning guided public tours and private tours for groups. You can also take the walk on your own with Stockholm City museum’s Millennium map.
Stieg Larsson
Journalist Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was the founder and editor-in-chief of antiracism magazine Expo. Larsson was an expert on anti-democracy, right-wing extremist and Nazi movements, and the income from the Millennium trilogy was intended to finance Expo. Larsson died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack in November 2004, just a short time after finishing the third Millennium book.


Guided Millennium Tours
Walk in the footsteps of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander while getting additional background information about the characters and the author. During the tour you will also learn more about historical and contemporary Stockholm and its inhabitants. Stockholm City museum arranges guided public tours and also private tours for groups. You can also take the walk on your own with Stockholm City museum’s Millennium map.

The walk starts at Bellmansgatan 1, where Mikael Blomkvist lives, then passes the Millennium editorial office, Lisbeth Salander’s luxury apartment and many other locations mentioned in the books and films.
Some of the locations mentioned in the books:
Fiskargatan 9 – It is here at this upscale address with a view over Djurgården and Old Town that Lisbeth Salander buys a 21-room apartment. She only lives in three of the rooms. The name on the door is “V. Kulla,” in a nod to the children’s book character Pippi Longstocking’s house “Villa Villerkulla.”
Bellmansgatan 1 – Mikael Blomkvist’s home address. The apartment is located on the hills of the historic Söder district – one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in Stockholm. Several key scenes are set here, including the incident in the third book when several people, including ice-cold secret service agent Monica Figuerola, spy on Blomkvist.
The corner of Götgatan and Hökens gata – In the midst of the crowded city street of Götgatan you will find Mikael’s Blomkvist’s workplace, the offices of the fictional Millennium magazine. In the books, it is located above the Greenpeace office.
Mellqvists Kaffebar, Hornsgatan 78 – Mikael Blomkvist’s regular café - and Stieg Larsson’s in real life – is on Södermalm. This is where Stieg Larsson used to hang out when Expo, the magazine he worked for, had its offices on the floor above. Perhaps it was right here that he sat and came up with the plots of the novels?
Public Tours Spring/Summer 2010:
Swedish: Saturdays, 2 pm and Thursdays, 6 pm
English: Saturdays, 11 am and Wednesdays, 6 pm
Tickets can be bought at the Stockholm City Museum, at Stockholm Tourist Centre and at www.ticnet.se. Price: SEK 120
Booking for groups is available in Swedish, Finnish, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Danish. To book a guided walk, please contact the booking office at Stockholm City Museum on telephone +46-(0)8-508 31 659 Monday-Friday at 9-12 am or e-mail bokning@stadsmuseum.stockholm.se.The tour takes approximately 1,5-2 hours.
Price:
9 AM - 5 PM weekday SEK 2.700 incl VAT 25% (SEK 2.160 excl VAT)
5 PM -10 PM + weekends SEK 3.300 incl VAT 25% (SEK 2.640 excl VAT)
Tour operators, travel agents and incoming agencies receive a 10% reduction
Walk by yourself with the Millennium Map
The Millennium map gives you the chance to explore the world of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander on your own. The map covers some 20 places in Stockholm mentioned in Stieg Larsson's trilogy. The Millennium map can be purchased at the Stockholm City Museum and at Stockholm Tourist Centre. The map is available in Swedish, English, Finnish, Russian, Italian, Spanish, German and French. Price: SEK 40. Tour operators get to buy the map for SEK 16.
For more information:
www.stadsmuseum.stockholm.se
www.stockholmtown.com
www.stieglarsson.com (English)

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