Haunted spots – Petter Inedahl

Petter Inedahl is a writer and a ghost connoisseur, who grew up in Stockholm and has written the book "Hemsökt: spökerier i Stockholms län". He’s had an interest for the occult things since he was a child, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that he decided to really dig into the spooky side of Stockholm.

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Riddarholmskyrkan - Riddarholmen

One of the oldest churches in Stockholm, Riddarholmskyrkan is a dark and eerie place even in broad daylight. Once the burial place for the royal families and countless others it stands a monument to death with its slim spire visible over large parts of the city. Ghostly encounters include echoing footsteps, dark shadows, and most horrible of all: loud knockings from inside the Torstensson family vault as if someone, or rather something, is trying to get out.

Spökslottet - Drottninggatan 116, City Centre

The most classic of all Stockholm´s haunted houses, so much so that it is actually officially named Spökslottet, “the haunted mansion”. Built in the early 18th century by a wealthy German merchant it has enjoyed a ghostly reputation for well over 200 years. Sightings of a grey lady have been numerous, as have inexplicable cold spots and a general feeling of unease, and while conducting an exorcism some time during the 19th century a priest is said to have been thrown out of a window and broken his legs on the pavement below.

Van der Nootska palatset - Sankt Paulsgatan 21, Södermalm

Built by the Dutch colonel Thomas van der Noot in 1674, this atmospheric town house has seen lots of different uses ranging from the home of noblemen to a brothel. No one has slept here for decades, and both staff and visitors have reported many strange encounters. Invisible hands tugging the aprons of waitresses, a sofa where something sits during the night, and the ghosts of horses in the old stables building. And they serve excellent lunch in the haunted dining room, by the way.

Hornska palatset - Blasieholmstorg 8, Blasieholmen

Once the city dwelling of field marshal Gustav Horn of the 30-years’ war fame Hornska palatset was for almost 200 years the official residence of the Swedish foreign ministers. It has a foreboding and sinister look to it, even more so during the dark hours of the day, and frightening stories have been told by night watchmen, some of whom refused to work here, stories including black and threatening shadows, and being pushed down the stairs by an unknown and evil force.

Johannes kyrka - Norrmalm

An odd place, and harbouring one of the largest cemeteries in central Stockholm, saint Johannes church has seen it all. From devil worshiping and necromancy during the late 18th century, to the ghastly story of a little girl who unknowingly brought home a piece of an old shroud and got a visit from beyond the grave that frightened her to death. More recent nightly visitors have reported a ghostly light moving inside the bell tower and even in the church itself.