Five spooky spots around haunted Sweden
Emma Löfgren · 28 Oct 2015, 07:00
Published: 28 Oct 2015 07:00 GMT+01:00
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1. The vicarage in Borgvattnet
With only around 50 residents, the tiny village of Borgvattnet in the north-western Jämtland region could very well be the place in Sweden with the highest number of ghosts per capita – if rumours that its vicarage from 1876 is the most haunted spot in the Nordic country are to be believed.
It was first mentioned in relation to ghosts in 1927, and many reports of mysterious sightings have followed since. But the ghouls still seem rather harmless: most of the incidents are limited to the sound of footsteps, people being knocked out of rocking chairs and furniture moved around overnight. Today, it functions as a hotel for the brave (as well as restless) spirits wanting to spend the night in Sweden's most haunted property.
The Borgvattnet vicarage looks less scary in daytime. Photo: Lars Engström/Flickr
2. Svaneholm Castle
Svaneholm Castle in southern Sweden boasts a number of alleged ghosts. There's Danish 16th century king Fredrik II searching for his long-lost love who he never married, as well as all the usual suspects including the White Lady, the Black Lady and the Grey Lady.
The Grey Monk, who was murdered in the castle in the 1500s, is another regular. Rumours have it that he occasionally helps staff carry heavy items up the stairs from the cellars. Perhaps you could meet him on a Halloween ghost tour of the castle?
Svaneholm Castle in southern Sweden. Photo: David Lebech/Flickr
3. The Royal Palace in Stockholm
No royal castle would be worthy of its name without at least one or two ghosts. The palace in central Stockholm has several. The oldest one, called the Grey Man, has walked around its northern corridors since the original castle was built in the 13th century.
One of its most famous spirits is the White Lady – said to be the ghost of Agnes of Orlamünde, a German noble lady from the 13th century reported to be keeping herself very busy haunting several other castles in Europe. She is said to show herself when someone at the castle is about to die. According to Swedish historian Herman Lindqvist the current King Carl XVI Gustaf's adjutant said he saw her ghost just after his grandfather, Gustav VI Adolf, passed away.
"Personally I haven't seen the White Lady, but I have, as so many others here at the castle, felt strange things," Lindqvist said the King told him several years ago.
The Royal Palace in Stockholm. Photo: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se
4. The ghost station
If you're standing at one of Stockholm's metro stops and a silver-coloured train slowly grinds past – don't get on. It is called the Silver Arrow ('Silverpilen') and is heading to an abandoned station in the middle of the forest and is carrying the souls of the dead. Those who get on never return.
Travelling along the capital's blue line, the train only stops when it gets to Kymlinge station, north of Stockholm, where the ghosts get off.
Now, the next few bits are actually true: the station was built in the 1970s but was never completed and is a popular venue for urban explorers. Meanwhile, the Silver Arrow was a prototype train in aluminium that was used in the Stockholm underground from 1966-1996. Most of its carriages were later scrapped, but a couple remain in museums. And on the blue line, apparently.
The Silver Arrow (the real one, not the ghost train). Photo: Wikimedia
5. Stockholm's Old Town
The so-called Stockholm Bloodbath was a momentous event – and one of the most gruesome – in Swedish medieval history. It took place after Danish King Kristian II successfully invaded Sweden in 1520, when 92 members of the Swedish nobility supporting the opposition were beheaded or hanged in the Old Town's main square ('Stortorget').
To this day, on the nights around November 7th-9th, you can reportedly still see their blood flowing over the cobblestones in the square. Moreover, the 92 white stones in the red building on the right below supposedly represent the people slain by the Danish king's men nearly 500 years ago – if one of them should ever be removed, the ghost of that individual will rise from the dead to haunt the streets of Stockholm.
The main square in Stockholm's Old Town as it looks these days. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT