Astrid Lindgren is one of Sweden’s most famous authors. She wrote more than 30 books for children, and is best know for creating Pippi Longstocking, a book that has been translated into more than 75 languages and adapted into several movies and television series.
Lindgren lived in this house in Stockholm form 1941 until her death in 2002. Since her passing, her family has decided to preserve the house in the state it was in before her death, and in 2015 they opened the house as a museum in Lindgren’s memory.
Before becoming an author, Lindgren worked as a journalist and secretary. In 1944, a novel that she wrote won second place in a writing competition. In 1945, she won the same competition with Pippi Longstocking. The author’s most famous character was created when Lindgren’s daughter Karin was sick. The girl asked her mother for a story, and so Pippi came to life.
Between 1945 and 1948, three chapter books were published following the unconventional redheaded character (Pippi Longstocking, Pippi Goes on Board, and Pippi in the South Seas). The stories were popular, and over the following decades were translated into many languages and sold around the world.
Many tourists stop in front of the house, taking a picture with the facade. But what many do not know is that you can also book a trip inside. The apartment is a modest home with four rooms, a kitchen, and two bathrooms. You can see her shelves filled with many books, and the bed where Lindgren liked to write in the morning.
Visits to the house must be scheduled in advance and can be booked with groups up to 12 people. Despite Lindgren being a children’s author, the minimum age is 15. For her younger fans, Junibacken is a museum that explores the world of Pippi Longstocking and Lindgren’s other characters.
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A ticket costs 160 SEK per person and a tour inside takes about 50 minutes. Inquire about English or other language tours before buying tickets. Reservation in advance is necessary, and can be booked online.