Stockholm Syndrome: Captured by Sweden

From now on, when we visit a city and wish we had been able to stay much longer, we shall refer to the situation as Stockholm syndrome.

The Swedish capital was completely captivating.

And we couldn’t help but have fond feelings for our captor… CONTINUE READING >>

Thanks to Visit Stockholm for providing this captivating experience – and to Eurail for the 15-day rail pass that inspired us to undertake it! As always, all opinions are our own.
Stockholm, Sweden at dusk

Strömsborg (Stream’s Castle)

From now on, when we visit a city and wish we had been able to stay much longer, we shall refer to the situation as Stockholm syndrome.

The Swedish capital was completely captivating, and we couldn’t help but have fond feelings for our captor.

Central train station in Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm’s train station

As the sun set, we stepped off the train and were immediately helped by a friendly local who pointed us toward the bridge leading to the island where the original city and our hotel were located.

We felt completely welcome.

Stockholm, Sweden at dusk
Stockholm consists of fourteen islands, so bridges are everywhere

Walking the ancient streets of the old town, we felt phenomenal. Once we saw the fabulous quarters at the Victory Hotel that we would be occupying for the next couple of days, we knew we would’ve been delighted to remain in captivity much longer.

Old Town, Stockholm, Sweden

A True Victory

The lobby of the Victory Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden
The lobby

The Victory Hotel is the brainchild of Gunnar Bengtsson, who over many years gathered an amazing amalgamation of artifacts, mostly focused on the torrid love story of Admiral Lord Nelson and his scandalous squeeze, Lady Hamilton.


A letter to Lady Hamilton from Admiral Nelson at the Victory Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden
An authentic letter to Lady Hamilton from Admiral Nelson

His solution for storing the memorabilia was to open a hotel and decorate it with his treasures.

And so, the Lord Nelson Hotel was born. But one hotel couldn’t contain Bengtsson’s collection, and soon the Lady Hamilton and the Victory Hotels, the latter named after Admiral Nelson’s ship, were added to the family.

The rooms at the Victory are much more than just a place to stay for the night; they are lodging with a story to tell.

Our suite at the Victory Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden

Each one is named for a captain, and features paintings of his ship, family heirlooms, and pictures. Our suite, honoring Captain A. G. Johansson, was filled with fantastic 18th century furnishings, wedding photographs, and original paintings dated 1642.

Fruit and wine in our room at Victory Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden
Spoiled much? This was in our room when we arrived!

You’ve GOT to see more! Follow us into the beautiful Victory Hotel…

30 thoughts on “Stockholm Syndrome: Captured by Sweden”

  1. You write with such a wonderful sense of humor. I love the play of words in the title-very clever. My husband used to travel to Sweden a lot, but I never made the trip. He would come home with tales of the smorgasbord that were frankly hard to believe. Can see I was wrong! Hope we get the chance to travel there.

  2. Love it! Scandinavians are so ecumenical, treating their royals like mortals and all. I have yet to visit Sweden, but can offer this tidbit from my Norway exchange student days: “A thousand Swedes ran through the weeds, chased by one Norwegian.” Ja, it’s a stretch. 😀

  3. Wonderful guide to Stockholm. Loved the hotel, and would like to try the elk dish the restaurant prepared. I have the feeling it would wake up your taste buds.

  4. Don’t you love places (and people) with stories to tell! The Lord Nelson Hotel sounds like it has many intriguing stories as does the amazing city of Stockholm. Definitely an amazing place that we hope to see someday and smorgasbord our way through!

  5. Very nice article about the fantastic city of Stockholm! I loved the description of Count Walther von Hallwyl and his wife, Wilhelmina`s museum, I never heard about it and have to visit next time in Stockholm.

  6. As a Svenska flucka myself (or half of one, anyway) I felt a kinship with your story. And a strong desire to visit my half-homeland. Thank you for the encouragement, via your entertaining post!

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