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8 vacations based on books

By: Josh Lew on April 29, 2013, 3:44 p.m.
Stockholm at night

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'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' in Stockholm

For some people, Stockholm was merely a name on a map, somewhere north of Paris and Berlin. Thanks to the late Stieg Larsson's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and its two follow-ups that make up his popular Millennium Trilogy, many people have seen Stockholm in a new light, as one of northern Europe's most interesting and atmospheric cities. Inspired by the books, tourists have been flocking to Stockholm to see the places where the story was set.

A few intrepid travelers have even tried unsuccessfully to visit Hedestad. This small town plays an important part in the story, but is actually a completely fictional place. Fans can find the characters' favorite haunts on the hip island of Sodermalm, a neighborhood with trendy cafes and bars set amidst wooden homes and historic stone buildings. The central Stockholm District also plays an important role in the books, and walkers can stroll up and down its hilly streets soaking in the uniquely Scandinavian atmosphere. The Stockholm City Museum offers official Millennium Walking Tours, in both English and Swedish. These two-hour tours hit the districts mentioned above, as well as many more places mentioned in the pages of "Dragon Tattoo."