September 1, 2016
As I left off last week, I had just visited the Vasamuseet on Stockholm’s Djurgården, and was heading on foot to the ABBA Museum just about ten minutes away on foot. Conveniently, on the way over I passed by a hotdog stand, which rivaled a Chicago dog (I know, sacrilege!), as well as, a pop-up craft beer bar right on the water. Taking in the view with a beer and a dog, I felt right back home again!
This was my first full day in Stockholm, and I was really packing it in. (You can read the full Scandinavian travelogue from the beginning here). By now it was the afternoon, and with my belly full, I was ready to learn more about one of Sweden’s greatest exports, and one of the world’s most successful music groups. Plus, I thought I could work off those extra calories dancing to some seventies pop music!
ABBA The Museum and The Swedish Music Hall of Fame opened in 2013 and is one of Stockholm’s most visited attractions. This colorful and interactive museum highlights a plethora of history, original costumes, multiple rooms to dance, and so much more! The karaoke stage, where you can actually become part of the band on screen, was a highlight! Even if you are not a huge fan of ABBA, it is hard not to get swept up in the pandemonium that surrounded them during their decade-long reign on the music world. Just the statistics alone – estimates of ABBA’s worldwide sales vary from 300–400 million – is astounding!
Although I am quite familiar with many of their songs (Dancing Queen, Mama Mia, Waterloo, Fernando, Take A Chance On Me, SOS), I did not know much about ABBA’s history. Coming together in Stockholm in 1972, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (a.k.a. ABBA) would go on to become the second most successful band of all time, worldwide, after The Beatles!
The ABBA Museum and The Swedish Music Hall of Fame are located in the same location, and although small, it was interesting to learn more about this part of Swedish culture. If you are in the mood for an uplifting, melodic, and stimulating visual smorgasbord, take a chance on ABBA!
As I danced out of the Swedish pop museum (as the tag line promised) I still had to make my way back across the inlet for my dinner reservation at the sleek restaurant, Erik’s Gondolen, at 17:00 (I was finally getting the hang of the 24-hour time format!). Thankfully, Stockholm’s hop-on hop-off boat conveniently dropped me where I needed to be after another gorgeous sail across the Waldemarsviken (Waldermars Gulf) and Vasadiupet (Vasa depth).
As the waves gently lapped the boat and the sun shone warmly on my beaming face, the meaning of the term ‘gondolen’ became inherently apparent to me. The structure I could so plainly see hanging off the heights of Södermalm, suspended above the harbor, was to be my final destination that night.
After my boat cruise, I found myself wedging into the antique 2-person Katarinahissen lift, which brought me several stories up to a sophisticated top-notch dining experience with sweeping views over Stockholm. After a magnificent Erik’s Gondolen meal and a cocktail (or two) crafted to perfection, I boarded Katarinahissen once again to the roof, where I looked out over the stunning city. Feeling grateful for the journey, I took in as much as I could. I had only one more day in this Scandinavian wonderland, and I was determined to see as much of it as I could. Tune in next week to hear more about that!
Visit my Scandinavian Travel Pinterest board to see more pictures from atop Erik’s Gondolen, as well as, pictures of my time in Denmark and Sweden.
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