Stockholm’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: From Vikings to Royalty to Modern Design with Karin Hammarstig - Context Travel

Stockholm’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: From Vikings to Royalty to Modern Design with Karin Hammarstig


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Join us for a virtual voyage through history to visit three remarkable UNESCO World Heritage sites in Stockholm, Sweden. Starting from the Viking settlements of Birka and Hovgården to the royal Drottningholm Palace to the Woodland Cemetery, we will explore Stockholm’s rich cultural heritage with a local expert.

Our seminar starts on the island of Björkö, located about 30 kilometers west of Stockholm. On the western shore of the island, eleven centuries ago, lay the small and bustling market town of Birka. Because of its strategic trading location, this island settlement was a critical Viking outpost centuries ago. Today, the archaeological site is unparalleled for scholars of Viking history. In 1993 Birka and the royal manorial estate known as Hovgården, on the neighboring island of Adelsö, were added to UNESCO's World Heritage List, acknowledging the sites’ importance from the eighth to the tenth centuries.

Next, we will visit Drottningholm Palace and its extensive gardens. One of the most lavish construction projects to be commissioned by the Crown in the seventeenth century, Drottningholm is currently the Swedish royal family’s primary residence. UNESCO recognized the Palace and grounds in 1991.

We will end at The Woodland Cemetery, Skogskyrkogården. Considered to be one of the most important modern architectural creations in Sweden, its Nordic landscape and unique architecture have influenced cemetery design throughout the world. It was officially added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1994.

Led by an expert on Swedish cultural heritage, Karin Hammarstig, this interactive seminar will take a closer look at UNESCO World Heritage sites locked in and around Stockholm. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of Swedish history from the Viking Age to the twentieth century, including Viking trade practices, the Swedish Royal Family, and modern Scandinavian architectural design.

Karin Hammarstig holds a degree in modern languages, and master-grad courses in linguistics and didactics. She works with second language acquisition in Swedish schools, and teaches Swedish to expatriates in Stockholm. In 2017 she passed the Stockholm tour guide qualification exam, and started working for Context Travel.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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I enjoyed Karin's seminar and appreciate both her knowledge and personable manner. My rating is due in part to the difficulties in the audio but more to her lack of experience in giving online talks. Because this was her first, 'I'm sure her comfort level will improve over the next 2 or 3 she gives.

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Even ignoring the technical issues, this session didn't measure to most of the Conversations I've joined. Although the presenter obviously knows her material, the presentation was slow and not very inspiring.

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I enjoyed Karin's seminar and appreciate both her knowledge and personable manner. My rating is due in part to the difficulties in the audio but more to her lack of experience in giving online talks. Because this was her first, 'I'm sure her comfort level will improve over the next 2 or 3 she gives.

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Even ignoring the technical issues, this session didn't measure to most of the Conversations I've joined. Although the presenter obviously knows her material, the presentation was slow and not very inspiring.