The Stockholm Witch Trials

Explore Södermalm with a self-guided audio tour based on the true story of Malin Matsdotter

2.9 km
Start location
Olle Adolphson's park
End location
Anna Lindhagen's garden
1.5 hour(s)
Age rating

99 kr

Read this in — English, Svenska

This tour is not available in Deutsch

Read this in — English, Svenska

This tour is not available in Deutsch

Olle Adolphson’s park

This area is called Mariaberget, and it has been populated since the 1300’s. This park used to be an empty lot where deceased malaria victims were left awaiting their funeral. This is where Malin Matsdotter

A view of Maria Magdalena

The Maria Magdalena church was built from 1588 and finished in 1625. The church was restored to its present look after the Maria fire in 1759, when the church and 300 buildings burned.

Stockholm City Museum

The Stockholm City Museum is located in the building which was once the southern city hall. It was built in 1663, and housed courtrooms and the district jail. This is where Malin Matsdotter and the other women faced the court.

Anna Månsdotter's home

One of the accused women, hatmaker Anna Månsdotter, lived in the Mosebacke area. The area got its name from the Mosis windmill, which was located here during the 1600’s.

Lisbet Carlsdotter's home

Lisbet Carlsdotter, the young girl who testified at several witch trials, lived at Pelarbacken at Högbergsgatan, only a stone's throw away from where Anna Månsdotter lived.

The Katarina church

The Katarina parish was at the epicenter of the witch trials at Södermalm during 1675-76. Most of the accused, accusers and witnesses belonged to the Katarina congregation.

Cavalry Capt. Gråå's home

Cavalry Captain Gråå lived on this street corner. His home was also a watch house, where worried parents gathered to watch over their sleeping children to keep them safe from witches.

The boy from Gävle’s home

Johan Johansson Grijs was sent from Gävle to stay with a relative here at Åsögatan, after he accused his mother of witchcraft. He testified at several witch trials during the Great Noise.

Climbing Gallows mountain

Stigberget was used as Södermalm’s execution site during the 1500-1600’s. The gallow was drawn in as a navigational mark on several nautical charts from that time.

Gallows mountain

The first documented name for this mountain is Galgebærgith (Gallows mountain). People could see the execution site from far away, which was meant to have a deterrent effect.

Locations you'll visit on this tour:

  • Olle Adolphson's park
  • The Stockholm City Museum
  • Mosebacke square
  • The Katarina church
  • Axel Landquist's park
  • Stigberget (Gallows mountain)
  • Anna Lindhagen's garden
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