City Guide: Stockholm
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. In the last years, it turned out to be a real gem for tourists – Stockholm has a lot to offer, its history goes back seven centuries and the city itself is just beautiful! Not to forget about the Baltic Sea and its many arms looping through Stockholm. Even though many positive aspects do speak for Stockholm, there is one downer: the prices. Stockholm is a very expensive city, just as whole Scandinavia.
Stockholm is not only the capital of Sweden, it is also the biggest city in Scandinavia. Thus, distances for sightseeing can be long. And believe me, it is neither fun to buy a ticket for public transportation as well (let alone the taxis!), as one can see the pricetag of the city in this regard, too.
Old town of Stockholm
Depending on what hotel you chose, the distance to the old town (Gamla Stan) may vary a lot. We stayed at the Grand Hotel Stockholm and thus, the distance is nothing to write home about.
Reaching the old town was very easy and we instantly indulged. Strolling through small streets, admiring the architecture of past centuries, catching a view of the Baltic Sea from time to time…
At some point, we were even able to watch a small spectacle. A group dressed up, made music and went like this through the streets!
Parliament and Castle in Stockholm
Not any surprisingly, the Parliament is located in one of the impressive buildings.
When we later on got out of the old town and strolled around, we caught some sights of the other side of the façade as well!
In the old town you may also find other impressive buildings like the Riddarhuset, Bonde Palace and the beautiful Stockholm Castle!
Vasa Museet Stockholm
Something really worth seeing in Stockholm is the Vasa Museum. An old ship from the 17th century was recovered. It is located in Djurgården, where you can also find some other museums like the impressive Nordic Museum and great parcs that were once used by the king of Sweden for hunting.
In the Vasa Museum, you can see the whole ship and learn moreover about its restauration and the life of the seamen four centuries ago. We’ll have a special about the Vasa Museum coming up soon. So, be sure to check back!
Architecture in Stockholm
Stockholm is characterized by its impressive architecture from a past time. I felt like every building there must be something special!
But as this was the case, it was hard till impossible to distinguish which building houses something special or important like a museum and which not. Yes, I can read, but if you take some photos and pass by, you don’t look at every sign whether this one might be more interesting than the others though.
Baltic Sea causing long distances
As the Baltic Sea and many of its arms loop through Stockholm, it might get difficult to get on the other side. The way through the city is simply interrupted too often. Bad for infrastructure, great for the quality of life in the city! Not to forget about the beauty it adds.
Not only offering lovely views, but also being the reason for many islands, the Baltic Sea is something really unique in Stockholm. It is really enjoyable being there, feeling the wind, feeling the sun etc.