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10 Best Literary Walks from the Lonely Plant!

Hope this gets you inspired.  It did me!!

There’s no better way to pay tribute to your favourite authors or characters than to follow in their footsteps via these entertaining tours.

1. Millennium Tour, Stockholm, Sweden

The march of grim Scandinavian crime thrillers was spearheaded by Stieg Larsson’s novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and this walk in Stockholm, the picturesque Swedish capital, lets you relive the drama. Taking in the hip suburb of Södermalm, home to ace journalist Mikael Blomkvist and rogue IT genius Lisbeth Salander, the walk passes fictional sites mentioned in the Millennium trilogy, including Blomkvist’s home, his local cafe, Salander’s favourite tattoo parlour, Inspector Bublanski’s synagogue, Millennium magazine’s offices and, finally, Salander’s luxury apartment. It’s an atmospheric walk which helps colour in the dark outlines of Scandi noir.

Takes place in English 11.30am each Saturday, tickets 130 Swedish krona. Book via stadsmuseet.stockholm.se.

Don't be fooled by this placid waterside view in Södermalm, Stockholm - a literary walking tour can help you to the city's imaginary underbelly. Image by Merten Snijders / Getty Images© Provided by Lonely Planet Don’t be fooled by this placid waterside view in Södermalm, Stockholm – a literary walking tour can help you to the city’s imaginary underbelly. Image by Merten Snijders / Getty Images

2. Literary Pub Crawl, Dublin, Ireland

This combination of tour and live performance highlights the rich cultural heritage of Dublin, the Irish capital. Weaving between pubs that once hosted great writers such as James Joyce, Brendan Behan, Samuel Beckett and WB Yeats, tour members are entertained by readings, music and song. The tour passes literary sites such as Trinity College, where Oscar Wilde once studied. But the focus is firmly on the drinking holes where so much creativity flowed, from those featured in Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses to Behan’s old local. Raise a glass to their memory on the way.

Departs nightly in summer, cost €12. Book via dublinpubcrawl.com.

The literary superstars of tomorrow? Students and tourists striding into Trinity College, Dublin. Image by David Soanes Photography / Getty Images© Provided by Lonely Planet The literary superstars of tomorrow? Students and tourists striding into Trinity College, Dublin. Image by David Soanes Photography / Getty Images Continue reading