Vlad Popescu


I’ve always thought I had the sixth sense despite my dad’s unsuccessful attempts to dismiss all my paranormal experiences by attributing them to my childish imagination. And so, in this blog, I would like you to accompany me on a journey to 3 of the most haunted places in Stockholm!

1. The Royal Palace of Stockholm

Stockholm Palace has gained its enviable reputation as one of the most sumptuous and gigantic palaces in the entire world, a castle that is among the largest in Europe and one of the oldest to still function as an official residence of the Swedish Monarchy. In fact, the palace was built on the remains of a medieval fortress, the Tre Kronor Castle, which was consumed by fire in 1697. Could this be the origin of the most popular phantom of the palace, respectively The White Lady?

The White Lady or Vita Frun is an infamous harbinger of death! Just imagine what it would be like to walk around The Royal Apartments and suddenly notice a translucent figure dressed in a floor-length white cloak, wearing some mysterious obscure gloves while carrying a handful of keys on a massive chain that is supposed to unlock every single door inside the palace.

Sounds pretty creepy, doesn’t it? Well, you have nothing to worry about as long as you’re not part of the Swedish royal family tree since this spirit only tries to communicate with members of the royal family with the purpose of foretelling a tragedy that will happen to one of them. Nevertheless, it is said that even nowadays several palace employees could swear they heard the ghost jingling the keys in her hand while roaming the dark and cold corridors of the palace. I assume that if she had been the proud possessor of a universal key, then she would have gone unnoticed.

2. Schefflerska Palace

Scheffler Palace; credits: Vlad Popescu

We’re now in the 1690s. In this decade, one of the most haunted mansions in Sweden was built. Several witnesses encountered some inexplicable events, including noticing a piece of bizarre music being played without any apparent source and mirrors being cracked by some evil invisible entities.

The legend revolves around a previous owner of the house, Jacob von Balthasar Knigge, who is believed to have been involved in all kinds of occult rituals. The frenzy surrounding this case was so feverish that many rumors began to spread, some of them claiming that on a particular night, Knigge was spotted by his neighbors riding a ghoulish carriage while being accompanied by a deformed being with big scary horns and a tail. The carriage vanished without a trace into the darkness, and Knigge has been lost ever since.

3. The Silver Arrow: the possessed train of the Stockholm Metro

Solna Centrum Subway Station; Credits: Vlad Popescu

This train is made entirely of silver aluminum and has a very bad reputation considering that if someone gets on board, they will end up deep into the woods (just like me in Flemingsberg) at a phantom station where the thread between the world we see and the things we fear is the thinnest.

The other scenario is that they will remain suspended in time, somehow managing to reach their destination after a few months.

Thus, is this train similar to a time travel machine? A wormhole? Or just a sensational materialization of the transition between the realm of the living and that of the spirits? I guess it doesn’t really matter … just NEVER step inside that train so we do not have to find out! Not even if you’re late for your gene cloning lab!


The Creative Adventurer

Vlad – Biomedicine (BSc)

Vlad – Biomedicine (BSc)

I'm Vlad, your Romanian blogger who comes from the very homeland of Dracula, Transylvania. While completing my first degree in International Business, I based my undergraduate thesis on the inconsistency of biological analogies in Economics. I began to study the genomes of ants and thus gravitate towards Biomedicine and KI. I chose Karolinska because of its academic and research excellence and because one day I wish to be able to make a difference in the field of Cancer Genetics. Visiting the remarkable collection of preserved medieval manuscripts from the Kungliga Biblioteket is on my bucket list.


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