Posted by: RasmaSandra | April 26, 2021

Spectacular Stockholm

The Swedish capital, Stockholm consists of 14 islands and has over 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. The lovely capital has cobblestone streets and multi-colored buildings in the Gamla Stan or Old Town. The city has often been called the “Venice of the North.”

Gamila Stan or the Old Town dates back to the 1200s. There are lovely old houses and cobblestone streets. You can enjoy the cafes, authentic restaurants and boutique shops. The labyrinth of tiny, winding streets will put you back into Medieval times. Many of the streets lead to the Stortorget, the main public square.

In the wintertime you can experience the amazing Julmarknad or Christmas Market. Among the highlights here are Stockholm Cathedral, the Nobel Prize Museum, and the Royal Palace.

Stortorget is the oldest square in the city and at the highest point of the island. It stands in the Old Town and this is where the expansion of Stockholm began in the High Middle Ages. The square is surrounded by gabled houses from the 1600s and 1700s.

The Royal Palace or Sveriges Kungahus is located in a lovely setting by the water’s edge, on the periphery of Gamila Stan. It is the official residence of the King of Sweden and is on a beautiful island and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The palace is one of the largest in Europe with over 600 rooms and several museums. It was built in the 18th century in the Baroque style. It is exciting to see the changing of the guard.

Vasa Museum features the incredible Vasa Battleship which is the main attraction.The ship was to be the pride of the Swedish Imperial fleet but the 64-gun vessel sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. In 1961 after a salvage operation the battleship was placed on display. This is one of the most visited museums in Sweden. You can see various exhibitions and watch the movie on the battleship’s history. There are other historic vessels on display.

In the heart of the city is the island of Djurgarden is a lovely and tranquil oasis. The park forms part of the Royal National City Park and is a wonderful place to take a stroll or have a picnic. It is also home to some of Stockholm’s top museums.

Here you can find lovely cafes, restaurants, snack bars, and hotels. You can rent bicycles to explore the forest paths or rent a canoe to get out on the water. You’ll find the Vasa Museum and Abba the Museum here as well as Skansen, the open-air museum. The island is also home to the Grona Lund Amusement Park.

Skansen Open-Air Museum is the oldest museum in the world and opened in 1891. There are more than 150 different buildings and houses to see.

On display you can see distinct town districts among them manor houses, a bakery, the lovely Seglora timber church. You can enjoy the Skansen Aquarum and the Children’s Zoo.

Fotografiska is Stockholm’s museum of contemporary photography. The complex includes a cafe, restaurant, store, and gallery and from the top floor you can have breathtaking views of the city. The gallery also hosts cutting edge live and club music all year long.

Historic Stockholm City Hall or Stadshuset stands at the water’s edge and has three golden crowns on top. It is one of the city’s most iconic buildings and is featured on many images and postcards. The building dates from 1923 and opened on Midsummer’s Eve which is a typical Swedish celebration.

Inside are assembly rooms, offices, and works of art. The prestigious annual Nobel Banquet is held here. The dining takes place in the Blue Hall

and the formal ball in the Golden Hall with 18 million mosaics along the walls. You can enjoy city views from the famous tower.

ABBA: The Museum features the Swedish band’s memorabilia. You can see Benny Anderson’s piano and there is a phone that only all four members know the number to “Ring Ring.” At the Waterloo exhibit you can return to 1974 and relive the Eurovision Song Festival that Abba won and from which they rocketed to stardom.

At Moderna Museet you’ll find one of Europe’s foremost collections of art from the 20th century to today. You’ll find artwork from many well-known artists like Picasso, Dali, Derkert, and Matisse. The museum features everything from modern classics to contemporary art. Outside you’ll find different sculptures.

The museum is located on Skepsholmen Island. It also offers temporary exhibitions and a children’s workshop. Here you’ll find a shop, a library, and a restaurant.

The Royal National City Park stretches for six miles and surrounds and connects with the three royal parks – Djurgården, Haga, and Ulriksdal. This is the world’s first national urban park with a forest that is home to such wildlife as moose, foxes, deer, and many winged beauties, including rare birds. Here you can enjoy museums, castles, theaters, sports facilities, and historic homes.

For nature lovers there are centuries old oak trees, streams, lakes, marshes, lovely swimming spots, and craggy hilltops.

Enjoy the fashionable district of Ostermalm where you’ll find many flagship shops and designer boutiques. Art lovers will enjoy Scenskt Tenn and Malstenbutiken.

Ostermalmshallen offers the best in Swedish fresh food and produce.

Enjoy Skyview which will take you to the top of the world’s largest spherical building, the Ericsson Globe. You’ll get spectacular views of the city.

Junibacken is a theme park for children based on the stories of author Astrid Lindgren. One of her most beloved characters is Pippi Longstocking whose home Villa Villejulla is the final destination on a train ride through the park. The park caters to curious children and has niches, tunnels, and miniature houses, It also has the largest children’s bookshop in the country. Enjoy Storybook Square which is like a Hall of Fame for renowned children’s authors.

Gröna Lund on Djurgarden island is Sweden’s oldest amusement park and opened in 1883. Every few years new roller coasters are unveiled. There is the excitement of Eclipse a swing ride over 120 meters in height, There are children friendly rides like tea cups, carousels, bumper cars and romping through fun houses. The park features concerts all summer.

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