The Royal Palace
Another specter of the palace, the Gray Man, ‘Grå mannen’, is said to appear before every ruler at least once in their reign. Some say he is the ghost of Birger Jarl, the founder of Stockholm, who built a 13th century fortress on the spot where the Royal Palace is now.
The Palace is fortunately open to the public, so you can visit he Royal Apartments for yourself. If you’re lucky, you might just be able to catch a glimpse of these elusive ghosts.
The Palace of Scheffler
Several stories shroud Scheffler Palace in enigma and dread. It is the site of buried treasures, hidden skeletons, murders, disappearances and inexplicable occurrences. A former owner, Jacob von Balthasar Knigge, was a devil worshipper who mysteriously disappeared in 1796. He was last seen climbing into a black carriage led by a coachman with horns and a tail, or so the tale goes.
At another time, a priest came to investigate the mysterious happenings and exorcise the mansion of its ghosts. It was no warm welcome he received — he was apparently tossed out through a window from the upper floor by an unknown assailant. He broke his leg and, out of fear, never returned.
The palace is also the site of many peculiar deaths — Gustaf Sandström, a well-known opera singer, committed suicide there in 1879. A young couple was murdered and bricked-up behind a wall in the basement. In 1907, an unknown grave was uncovered in the garden.
Unfortunately, you can’t visit the Scheffler Palace on Drottninggatan, the gates are usually locked to outsiders. In 1924 it was donated to Stockholm University and is currently used for storage of glassware, period furniture and art collections. Visitors can simply wonder on its mysterious history from afar.
These days, people report seeing the train in mysterious circumstances. Some say it’s been seen in abandoned tunnels. Others say that it runs after midnight in full speed, never stopping. Whenever it is sighted, the train is completely empty — or perhaps only carrying one or two ghostly passengers.