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VERDE IS THE ITALIAN WORD FOR GREEN. I ORGANIZE GREEN, PRETTY AND SUSTAINABLE CITYWALKS IN STOCKHOLM WITH SURROUNDINGS.

Photos by Stefan Maurbakken.



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I started the business VerdeVerde Travel on May 1, 2017.

Then I graduated as Stockholm's guide and approved in the languages Swedish, English and Italian. I have worked with tourism throughout my adult life, and it is more than 30 years. First for me as a travel guide to Cyprus and Egypt. I then settled for a few years as a guide on tours in India and in Sri Lanka. For more than 20 years I have lived and worked in Italy. I have always felt a strong driving force to start and run my own business. To share with me my love and passion for Stockholm, the city's history and stories and not least its green and beautiful surroundings.


Verde is Italian and means green. I have chosen the word Verde as a sign for my sustainable heritage walk in our green captial Stockholm. I arrange comfortable and environmentally friendly city walks in Stockholm and the surrounding area. Since childhood I have been fascinated by nature and find peace and recovery in green environments and rooms. My green inspiration sources are Keralas telandskap, Toscanas renaissance gardens and Djurgården's oak forests. The color green is for me both calming and refreshing and stands for harmony, strength and prosperity.




Tours and City walks in Stockholm

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Murarnas mästare – The Brickmaster

Picture: The City Hall seen from the garden.


Our walk at Kungsholmen is first of all a tribute to the architect Ragnar Östberg and his life's work - Stockholm City Hall. Here we find a rare mixture of architectural styles as Swedish medieval, Italian renaissance and a neo-classicism from the 20th century. The town hall consists of about eight million bricks, many of which were carved out by hand to get a special look. Who was Ragnar Östberg and where did he get his inspiration? Did you know that he as a student interrupted his schooling when the grades in mathematics were too bad?


Inside the City Hall we will visit the Blue Hall, it contains a monumental staircase, balcony, and loggia. A bust of the architect of the hall, Ragnar Östberg, is placed on the hall's rooftop terrace. The Blue Hall has brick walls which are not plastered. The hall was originally supposed to have been plastered and painted blue, a colour scheme that would have resembled the water of the bay. But Östberg changed his mind during the construction of the hall after he saw the red brick. Though Östberg abandoned his blue design in favour of the unfinished red brick, the name "Blue Hall" was already in general use and stuck. We will also take the stairs up and visit the Golden Hall. The Golden Hall is another banqueting hall and it received its name when its walls were decorated by mosaics created by the artist Einar Forseth. The hall is best known as the location of the ball after the annual Nobel Banquet in the City Hall's Blue Hall.


In the neighborhood, Samuel Owen built 1809 his own company Kungsholmens Mekaniska Werkstad, an industry that contained both foundry and mechanical workshop. Samuel introduced new foundry technology to Sweden, including casting in sand molds so that even larger objects could be manufactured as large cylinder blocks for steam engines. The walk continues up to the top of the King's cliff via the city archive and the new housing complex from 1930´s . Our walking tour will also take us to the garden of Piperska Muren and the police headquarter that looks like a castle from a fairy tale.





Excursion Information

Meeting: Hantverkargatan 1, City Hall -main entrance.

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum two, maximum twenty.

Lenght: Three hours.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for three hours, entrance ticket to the City Hall and Swedish fika.

Price: 1450 SEK per person with a minimum of 2 paying.

Extra: For each extra person you pay 490 SEK.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.


Sjöstaden – a Stockholmsaga

Picture: The crane at Hammarby Sjöstad.


This new area of apartments with industrial design sticks a little in the eyes. It impresses, it attracts, irritates and shines. The Stockholm guide Stefan Maurbakken leads a city walk through Hammarby Sjöstad's residential area. The area is like a Stockholmssaga with elements of dreamlike and big plans. Stefan will talk about the area's history and development. Sjöstaden became a test chart on the architectural trends of the millennium shift: balconies, docks, open terraces as if Swedish Hammarby lake was a bay of the Mediterranean Sea. This 90´minute walk ends in Sickla Park's oak forest, which belongs to the Nacka reserve.



Excursion Information

Meeting: Haga tårtcompani, Hammarby allé 1.

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum two, maximum twenty.

Lenght: Two hours.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for two hours, and Swedish fika.

Price: 1290 SEK per person with a minimum of 2 paying.

Extra: For each extra person you pay 250 SEK.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.

The Portals of Stockholm´s Old Town

Picture: Stefan Sasses gränd, Gamla stan.


Join us for a walk in Gamla stan (Old town) among some of the most interesting houses and palaces with characteristic doors and decorations. Here we have about 300 ordinary houses, that have not been destroyed by war of fires. Houses built from the Middle Ages until the 20th century. We have a fantastic cultural treasure here and it is open to everyone all year round. Stockholm guide Stefan Maurbakken leads the city walk among portals and decorative doors. We will see old inscriptions and biblical words, but also grotesque figures, angel heads and giant smiles. This intresting 90-minute walk ends up at Kornhamnstorg.



Excursion Information

Meeting: In front of the statuegroup Family, at Mälartorget 13, Gamla stan, Stockholm.

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum two, maximum twenty.

Lenght: 90 minutes.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for 90 minutes.

Price: 1190 SEK per person with a minimum of 2 paying.

Extra: For each extra person you pay 290 SEK.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.

Östermalm towards East

Picture: Oxenstiernska malmgården.


Norrmalmstorg was for a long time named Packerhouse square. Another name was the smelly square. It was here that the fish was washed and weighed before selling. Stockholmguide Stefan Maurbakken lead you on a city walk through Berzelii park, via the Dramatic Theater's artnouveau marble façade. Strandvägen had early ambitions to become, "a street whose similarity was not yet had been seen in Europe". Who could afford to build palaces on these seafront plots? Which where the architects that were chosen for the work of these harsh brick facades. You will also come a cross Oscarskyrkan and the old royal lust palace Fredrikshov. Oxenstiernska malmgården from 1700 states a good example of how rich people used to live during summer. This two hour city walk ends close by Hedvig Eleonora church and the Royal Horsestable.



Excursion Information

Meeting: We meet under the tree, close by the flower store at Norrmalmstorg.

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum two, maximum twenty.

Lenght: Two hours.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for two hours, swedish fika.

Price: 1350 SEK per person with a minimum of 2 paying.

Extra: For each extra person you pay 250 SEK.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.

Katarinaberget, bottle caps and cholera

Picture: Katarina church, Södermalm.


Many harbor workers and sailors lived earlier in the area of Katarina Church. The Stockholm guide Stefan Maurbakken leads the city walk around Katarina mountain. Here we used to have many institutions for the harbor and shipping. Stockholm's seamen's home were located around Slussen. Stefan also talks about how the witch processes came to town in the 17th century. Several of the accused witches lived on Katarinaberget. During the hike you also get to know more about the bottle caps factory on Tjärhovsgatan and the dreaded cholera.



Excursion Information

Meeting: Götgatan 3.

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum two, maximum 20.

Lenght: Two hours.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for two hours, and Swedish fika.

Price: 1290 SEK per person with a minimum of 2 paying.

Extra: For each extra person you pay 250 SEK.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.

The Woodland Cemetery

Picture: Almhöjden, Skogskyrkogården.


When Skogskyrkogården was founded at the beginning of the 1900s, the aim was to create something special, something original — a cemetery blending nature and architecture into a seamless whole.When the Skogskyrkogården’s architects Sigurd Lewerentz and Gunnar Asplund designed the landscaping and the buildings, they started with the experience of the visitors — the concept of mourning and the feelings surrounding it.Outstanding cultural and natural heritage. This is also what enabled the 1994 inscription of Skogskyrkogården on the UNESCO World Heritage List of cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value. The world heritage listing ensures Skogskyrkogården preservation and protection for future generations.

UNESCO’s decision was based on Skogskyrkogården's qualities as a prominent example of architecture and a twentieth-century cultural landscape being formed into a cemetery. A cemetery that has greatly influenced cemetery design throughout the world. Skogskyrkogården was only the second cultural heritage site from the twentieth century. All other cultural heritage sites are considerably older.More than 2000 funeral ceremonies are conducted here annually. The unique landscape room in conjunction with architecture and art represents a Nordic philosophy in the view of nature, life and death. The nature at Skogskyrkogården is beautiful. There are over 10,000 pine trees and many are over 200 years old.

With the metro we travel to Björkhagen and visit the beautiful and architecturally interesting Markus church outside. Finally, we walk to the eco-village of Understenshöjden, planned and built by the residents as Sweden's first building community.

Excursion Information

Meeting: Metro Skogskyrkogården, outside the metro gates, between the flowershops.

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum two, maximum 20.

Lenght: Three hours.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for three hours, and Swedish fika.

Price: 1350 SEK per person with a minimum of 2 paying.

Extra: For each extra person you pay 250 SEK.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.

Houses and heights at Hornsgatan

Picture: Facades at Brännkyrkagata, Södermalm.


Hornsgatan is one of the major business and transit streets on Södermalm in Stockholm. The street starts at the corner Södermalmstorg and Götgatan and continues west to Hornstull. The street is 2,300 meters long. But Hornsgatan is so much more. Alongside the noble palaces, you will with help of the Stockholm-guide Stefan Maurbakken learn about the city's development. We take you on a cultural-historical walk. We will walk along elder wooden buildings and with high cultural-historical values alongside their architectural beauty.

Walking through these areas, gives us a glimpse of how life must have been before. However, in the 18th century, the life of these working class neighborhoods was extremely harsh and unpleasant. Diseases was rampant and 4 out of 10 children died in their first year, the plague arrived repeatedly through the city and killing one third of the population in 1710. Malaria, dysentery, jaundice, and tuberculosis were extremely common due to crowded living conditions and stagnant, contaminated water. Stockholm competed with Paris throughout the 1700´s having the poorest living conditions and highest death rates. Side by side with the diseases, hunger was also part of the threats. A factory worker that worked twelve hours per day six days a week did not earn enough money to feed him or herself, much less an entire family. Food was perhaps the largest expense for a working class family, and the extremely bad harvest years of 1705 to 1718 made food even more expensive. During the winter months, scurvy was extremely common among working class families who generally could not even afford to buy onions. Between the poverty, the disease, the hunger, the crowding, and the cold, is it impossible to imagine that any fragment of life in these neigborhoods were pleasant.



Excursion Information

Meeting: In front of Ringvägen 4.

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum two, maximum 20.

Lenght: 90 minutes.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for 90 minutes.

Price: 1190 SEK per person with a minimum of 2 paying.

Extra: For each extra person you pay 290 SEK.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.

Royal Djurgården - art, culture and nature

The current name Djurgården originates from the King John III game park, which he declared in 1579 to keep deer, reindeer and moose safe. Later some cottages were built for paralyzed and injuired sailors who formed what would become Djurgårdstaden. In the late 18th century, Djurgården was transformed into more of a popular recreation area than a Royal Game Park; In 1801, the theater Djurgårdsteatern was opened, which would be one of the most popular facilities there during the 19th century.King Charles XIV John's creation of the Rosendal Palace in the 1820s marked Djurgården's development as a magnificent residential area, combined with the creation of several entertainment venues in the late 19th century, including Gröna Lund 1883 and Skansen 1891.Many buildings at Djurgården goes back to Stockholm's World Fair in 1897, including the Djurgårdsbron, the main bridge to the island. Skånska gruvan and Biologiska museet. Djurgården is known for its many attractions and for its nature with many old oaks. There are also lots of sculptures and several interesting cultural houses that tell about who lived here before and what professions they had. This city walk takes you out to a greener area, but also to hidden streets and alleys with charming wooden houses. We also make visits to an almost forgotten cemetery. Hear fascinating stories about Djurgårds-Kalle, Artur Hazelius and Bellman.

Excursion Information

Meeting: In front of Visit Djurgården, Djurgårdsvägen 2.

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum two, maximum 20.

Lenght: Two hours.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for two hours, swedish fika.

Price: 1350 SEK per person with a minimum of 2 paying.

Extra: For each extra person you pay 390 SEK.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.

Must see in Stockholm

Are you visiting Stockholm for the first time? Do you want to visit all the important highlights in one day?

We start with a visit to the City Hall where we also take you for a walk around this amazing building. We will enter the City Hall to admire the Blue- and the Golden Hall. A Swedish fika (coffe break) at the island of Kungsholmen before we walk to the smaller island of Riddarholmen and older island Gamla stan. In this part of Stockholm we will walk on cobbled streets through cozy narrow alleys and via beautifully decorated houses. A visit to the oldest church in Gamla stan; Storkyrkan (the church is closed to public during church service) is not to be missed.

A short boattrip will take us from Gamla stan to the island of Djurgården. One of the most important highlights here is the Vasa Museum. After 333 years on the bottom of the sea, this huge warship was salvaged and the journey could continue. Today, Vasa is the world's best-preserved 17th century ship. End your day in Stockholm with a stroll in the park. Enjoy the green areas, the fresh air and the Swedish nature.

Excursion Information


Meeting: Main entrance, City Hall, Hantverkargatan 1.

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum two, maximum 20.

Lenght: Six hours.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for six hours, transport (24 hour prepaid card), entrances to the City Hall, Storkyrkan, Vasamuseum and swedish fika.

Price: 1790 SEK per person with a minimum of 4 paying.

Extra: For each extra person you pay 590 SEK.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.

Drottningholm - a Unesco heritage

Picture: Drottningholm palace seen from the baroque garden.


Experience Drottningholm - Sweden's first World Heritage Site. We leave Stockholm and the city's stress behind us to travel out into the Swedish countryside. By metro we travel from Centralen to Brommaplan to continue by bus to Lovön and Drottningholm. In Drottningholm we experience a historic environment of the highest class. The castle is Sweden's best preserved royal castle built in the 17th century, the royal family's permanent residence and one of Stockholm's three world heritage sites. In addition to the magnificent castle, there are magnificent salons from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, a beautiful park, a unique castle theater and a Chinese pavilion.

Excursion Information


Meeting: Main entrance, City Hall, Hantverkargatan 1.

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum four, maximum 20.

Lenght: Four hours.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for four hours, transport (24 hour prepaid card), entrances to Drottningholm palace and swedish fika.

Not included: Entrance to the Royal theatre and the Chinese Pavillion.

Price: 1190 SEK per person with a minimum of 4 paying.

Extra: For each extra person you pay 450 SEK.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.

Drottningholm and Sigtuna

Join us on an excursion. Experience Sigtuna - Sweden's first city and Drottningholm - Sweden's first world heritage site. We leave Stockholm and the city's stress behind us to travel out into the Swedish countryside. Sigtuna holds memories from all times. Walk on Sweden's first pedestrian street - the place for Sweden's birth. Here Erik Segersäll stood in 970 and pointed out where Sigtuna city was to be built. It was here that the new Sweden was formed and Erik proclaimed himself king. In Drottningholm you will experience another historic environment of the highest class. The castle is Sweden's best preserved royal castle built in the 17th century, the royal family's permanent residence and one of Stockholm's three world heritage sites *. In addition to the magnificent castle, there are magnificent salons from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, a beautiful park, a unique castle theater and a Chinese pavilion.

Excursion Information


Meeting: Main entrance, City Hall, Hantverkargatan 1. (If you stay in a central located hotel we pick you up free of charge).

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum 1, maximum 4

Lenght: Six hours.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for six hours, transport (car with driver) entrances to Drottningholm palace and swedish fika.

Not included: Entrance to the Royal theatre and the Chinese Pavillion.

Price: 3050 SEK per person with a minimum of 4 paying.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.

Uppsala

Picture: The tomb of Gustav Vasa, Uppsala.


By car we travel to Uppsala heights. These heights or hills form a special silhouette that has long been carrying fame and legendary history. Dreams, poems and scientific speculations surround Uppsala's mounds. In the center of Uppsala we make a hike at Domkyrkoplan and of course visit the Cathedral. You will hear about exciting events from Uppsala's history that are over 700 years old. You will see famous buildings like Uppsala University, Gustavianum, Carolina Rediviva and visit the Linnaeus Garden. You will learn about interesting and important people who are famous far beyond Sweden's borders.

Excursion Information


Meeting: Main entrance, City Hall, Hantverkargatan 1. (If you stay in a central located hotel we pick you up free of charge).

Type: Private.

Participants: Minimum 1, maximum 6

Lenght: Seven hours.

Inclusions: Authorized Guide for seven hours, transport (car with driver), lunch and swedish fika.

Price: 3350 SEK per person with a minimum of 4 paying.

Extra: For each extra person you pay 750 SEK.

Dates: Choose your preferred day.