A meeting place for you, your company, your school, your association and your family
Hellasgården is a popular and scenic meeting place for companies, schools, associations and families.
A wide range of activities makes Hellasgården a great platform for events such as kick-offs, courses, camps, competitions and celebrations. And above all: Individuals and families come here to enjoy nature, exercise and relax.
Just 15 minutes from Slussen, Hellasgården is for many the obvious gateway to one of Sweden's finest nature reserves.
Hellasgården - background, ownership and operation
Ownership and operation
The pastor's boys became Hellas
At the end of the 19th century, a pastor working in Södermalm, Ernst Klefbeck, took a group of boys (yes, only boys) to Källtorpssjön to get away from the smog and gutters and get out into nature (You can read more about this in Hellasboken which contains many, fine and well-written historical accounts of the associations and life in Södermalm and surrounding areas. A copy of the book is available at the reception by the sauna).
This was the origin of what came to be known as Pastorn's Gossar, which later changed its name to the Hellas Swimming and Sports Club.
The Pastor's Gossar/Hellas considers 1899 to be the year of its birth.
Källtorpssjön and the reserve
The link to Källtorpssjön and the Nackareservatet was gradually strengthened and Hellas established what is now Hellasgården in the 1940s, when, among other things, the large timbered building that is now the restaurant Storstugan was built.
Clubhouse, tennis courts, sauna and gym
Later, the clubhouse south of Ältavägen, the tennis courts (run by Hellas tennis), the sauna and gym, the overnight cottages (now affiliated to STF), the indoor gym and the larger conference room known as the Annex were also built.
The swimming and sports club was a large association until the 2000s, with each sport having its own section. Today, these sections are independent associations - Hellas Swimming Club, Hellas Athletics Club, Hellas Bowling Club, Hellas Orienteering Club, Hellas Handball Club, Hellas Tennis Club - which are collected under Hellas Alliance. The club also has a periodical publication, Hellasbladet.
All buildings are owned and maintained by the Hellas Alliance Association.
The Hellasgården open-air farm with its lakeside activity centre and the Sjöcafé welcomes guests to the reception, information and booking centre, STF accommodation, some 20 activities and conference facilities, and is now run on an outsourced basis. The same applies to the restaurant Storstugan.
City of Stockholm and Erstavik Farm
The large green area stretching from Hammarbybacken in the west to Solsidan and Erstavik in the east is called the Nackareservatet. The area lies within the boundaries of the municipality of Nacka, but has two owners, the City of Stockholm and Erstaviks Gård.
The City of Stockholm owns and manages the western part, which is formally a reserve.
Ertaviks Gård owns the eastern part. Ertavik's main building, erected in the mid-17th century, is said to be one of the best preserved castle buildings in the Stockholm area.
Old cultural land
Geological surveys have shown that the property is located on old cultural land. Stones, Iron Age tombs and spring casks bear witness to the fact that there was probably an ancient village here. Several of these settlements now have information boards where you can read more about them.