In the footsteps of Lisbeth Salander
Are you a fan of Stieg Larsson’s fiction trilogy about journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander? Experience Stockholm from the charcters' perspective. Go on a guided tour or explore the settings on your own.
Larsson’s crime novels have become a huge success. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been made into feature films. Since then, masses of Stieg Larsson fans have been making their way to Stockholm to see the settings where the stories take place.
There is more than one way to experience the city from a Millennium Trilogy perspective. One is to go on the Stockholm City Museum’s popular and award-winning Stieg Larsson Millennium Tour. The walking tour is spiced with factual information and intriguing stories that tie the real Stockholm with its fictional counterpart.
Want to explore the sites on your own? Buy a Millennium Map at the City Museum. Here are a few key locations in the novels:
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. But she lives in only 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. Several key scenes are set here.
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 his magazine Expo had its offices on the floor above. Perhaps it was right here that he sat and came up with the plots of the novels?