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Around Lake Mälaren, Sweden

The picturesque village of Mariefred

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Kungshuset Mariefred
Kungshuset Mariefred

From here you should get 'lost' in Mariefred and just wander around in the little old streets and breathe in the relaxed atmosphere of this little town. If you just have time for a quick tour, I would suggest to walk from the Rådhustorget back again to the Kyrkogatan and follow this road a bit more until you get to the Djurgårdsgatan. The street now continues s the Bergsgatan, and on the corner of this street you can see a quarter called "Kungshuset". These typical red coloured houses are the "Kings Houses" (= Kungshuset). They got this name under King Gustav III who built it for the courtiers. Today it has gotten a totally different use, as it is now a rectory and parish offices.

Mariefred
Mariefred

Bryggargården

Bryggargården
Bryggargården

And well, who can't resist taking a stop at the Bryggargården?? Unfortunately it isn't a "Brewers yard" anymore as the name in Swedish suggests, but now in use as a normal house. The house was built in 1783 and the sign that you can see in the first photo is a copy of the original sign of a 17th century brewer' sign. The house isn't so spectacular, I guess the history attached to it makes it worth mentioning. You can find this yellow coloured house on the corner of Långgatan and Djurgårdsgatan. Take a left turn from the corner at the Kungshuset mentioned in the tip above and follow the Djurgårdsgatan until the next crossing.

The town pump

Town Pump
Town Pump

Continue on the Djurgårdsgatan towards the west and you can't miss seeing the Town pump. The pump isn't so spectacular to see, but the surroundings here are quite nice. Especially when you look towards the Munkhagsgatan, where you have a lovely view over the houses and gardens.

In the old days the town pump was not only a source for water but also a gathering place for the citizens to exchange news. The town pump was in use until 1924 in Mariefred and even until the 1950's in cases of emergency. Nowadays the well is dry, but the little house is still here, reminding of those times gone by.


Light in the tree, across the street from the pump
Light in the tree, across the street from the pump

The train station of Mariefred

Trainstation
Train station

You are now almost back at the beginning of the little walk through Mariefred. From the town pump take a turn to the left, into the Nygatan, and you will automatically end up at the train station of Mariefred. This little train station is a lovely place to see. It looks so picturesque and for me it felt like stepping back in time. And well, I actually did! This is not just a train station, this is also a little museum. But more about that later.

The station building of Mariefred dates back to 1894, as part of the Södermanland Railway from Läggesta to Mariefred. The line was closed in 1964, ending the use of this little train station. Luckily the track got a second chance when the ÖSJ (Östra Södermanlands Järnväg) took over the line and transformed it to a 600mm gauge line. The historical trainstation was restored again and brought back to life as a vintage steam train station.

Old fashioned advertising

Trainstation
Old fashioned advertising at the train station

Mariefred station  Mariefred station

The whole building is mainly build in Jugendstil, mainly noticeable by the proportions of the steep roofs, towers and pinnacles. To get the building back to its original charm the station had extensive maintenance projects between 1985 and 1993, and it really paid off. Beside the architecture of this train station, I loved all the little details, like this type of old fashioned advertising (see photos). We used to have the same type of signs in Holland as well. But not anymore though, these are things of the past. But I still love to spot them on these unexpected places, like this old train station in Mariefred.

clock
A great clock displaying all the times

At the trainstation I also spotted this fun clock! It is not like the usual ones that I know, because this one counts to 24! So funny :-) When writing down a time in Holland (and Sweden) we often use this system of 24 hours in a day instead of AM and PM. But I never saw it on a clock before! So great!

The railway museum in Mariefred

railway museum in Mariefred  railway museum in Mariefred

Inside the train station is a nice little museum. The entrance is for free so don't hesitate to take a look inside. I quite enjoyed this little museum about the history of the train station of Mariefred and the history of the small railway system in Sweden. They have some displays, old photos, some machinery, etc.

Old fashioned phone booth

Outside the railway station I saw this old fashioned phone booth. I had never seen anything like it before, so of course I had to take a picture of it. It is an old fashioned one, but it seemed to be on the right spot here in Mariefred. This little village has this old-time feeling written all over it.

Old fashioned phone booth
Old fashioned phone booth

Read more on page 3 about Mariefred....

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