Anyone visiting a large and well-known city like Stockholm knows that they can hardly see everything. Not only that but Stockholm is also Sweden’s capital city. However I have written about some of the most popular and must see places so you can get a bit of a taste of this lovely city. The city sits on the south-central east coast of Sweden at which point the freshwater Lake Malaren flows into the Baltic Sea. This is the third largest lake in Sweden. Amazing as it might seem the central parts of Stockholm are made up of fourteen islands which are continuous with the Stockholm archipelago. The geographical city center can be found right on Riddarfjarden Bay. Waterways make up 30% of the city area and parks and green spaces take up another 30%. So let’s take a little peak at Stockholm and see what it has to offer tourists.
An amazing and unusual art treasure is The Vasa. This is the only preserved 17th century ship in the whole world. Over 95% of The Vasa is original and you’ll discover that it’s decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. The story goes that this 69-meter long warship sank on its maiden voyage right in the middle of Stockholm in 1628. Salvage of the warship happened 333 year later in 1961. Today The Vasa is the most visited museum in Scandinavia. It features 10 different exhibitions showing people how life was aboard the ship. You can see a film about it which has been translated in 13 different languages. There is a shop and a restaurant.
If you are a fan of the group Abba and their music do stop by the ABBA Museum. Here visitors can get to see all of their clothes, hear their music and see the lyrics and even films. All of this has been gathered together and is now displayed as a permanent exhibition. This museum is part of the Swedish Music Hall of Fame.
Skansen Open-Air Museum is the oldest open-air museum in the world. It includes the Stockholm Zoo featuring animals that are native to Scandinavia. Located in a lovely area on Royal Djurgarden from which you can see fantastic views of Stockholm. Here on display are also 150 farms and dwellings from different parts of Sweden that were disassembled and brought here. This is also the place where you can get to see Swedish traditions like Midsummers, Walpurgis Night and Lucia.
Take a look at The Royal Palace which is one of the largest palaces in Europe. It is located in Gamla Stan, the Old Town. There are more than 600 rooms and this is the official residence of the King of Sweden. The palace is open to the public and has five museums. It was built in the 18th century in the Italian Baroque style. Visitors can delight in the amazing interiors of the reception rooms dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries – Rikassalen or the Hall of State featuring Queen Kristina’s silver throne and Ordenssalarna or Halls of the Orders of Chivalry. Of special interest is also Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, the Tre Kronor Museum and the Treasury. You might like to see the Armory which has royal costumes and armor and includes coronation carriages and coaches from the Royal Stable. Each day there is the parade of soldiers and the changing of the guard.
Stockholm offers its visitors Gamla Stan, the Old Town which is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Here the capital city was founded in 1252. The best thing for visitors is that all of Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen are meant for pedestrians to stroll and enjoy the various sights and attractions. There are lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. The Old Town is a popular place to purchase handicrafts, curios and souvenirs. Wander down the winding cobblestone streets and see the buildings in various shades of gold. You can discover cellar vaults and frescoes dating back to the Middle Ages behind visible facades. There are several lovely churches and museums among them the national cathedral of Sweden – Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum. Right in the middle of Gamla Stan you’ll find Stortorget which is the oldest square in Stockholm.
These are just some of the spectacular things you can expect to see and do when you visit Stockholm. There is so much more including lovely open spaces and parks. So it’s up to you to find out more about this city and decide for yourself and make up an itinerary for your visit here.