Sweden. The land of nature and the typical blue, yellow colors of the IKEA. But if you think of Sweden, you also automatically think of Stockholm. The capital of this great country. And it was this city that I have visited (though it seems again centuries ago) with my sister Yasmine. We went there for three days. Whether this was enough? I don’t know if you are planning on visiting all the islands. But when you mainly want to see the most important highlights, then a small city trip is okay. In today’s article I like to tell you what my favorite must sees are in Stockholm.
The Old City
Gamla Stan is the old part of Stockholm. It literally means ‘Old City’ if you want to know the translation. The typical North German houses and their southern colors ensure that you can imagine yourself in a Medieval era. One of the reasons why I crown Gamla Stan as my favorite attraction is the atmosphere that hangs there. You can walk here for hours in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere and still won’t get tired of it. This place therefore consists not only of the well-known houses of Stockholm, but also of churches and even the royal palace.
Gamla Stan’s must-see’s include the “big” shopping street of Gamla Stan (Västerlånggatan), the main square Stortorget, the large church of Gamla Stan, Storkyrkan and Riddarhuset; the place where the nobility meets. It is almost impossible not to go to Gamla Stan. After all, it is centrally located in Stockholm. In the evening, the neighborhood is nicely lit, making this place even more spectacular than in the day.
A 90′ kid, that’s me. Although I can describe myself as a 21-year-old and theoretically that is not a child anymore. Yet I know my history. ABBA (abbreviated group name of Agnetha, Bernie, Björn, Anna-Frida) is part of that. Besides, when a song comes on the radio, I sing loudly and I’m not ashamed of that. They just have a few nice songs, haven’t they? For small, large and medium, as well as for the older and younger generation, there is the well-known ABBA Museum in Stockholm. The ABBA museum is located on the park island of Djurgarden and it is quite possible that this is one of the nicest museums I have ever visited. It is full of glitters, music and you even have the chance to play games. No music museum is complete without you being able to do karaoke. But be warned; whether you are a fan or not: you do not leave the museum without having sang a song (or not).
City Hall Stockholm
The Stockholm City Hall was built in the 20th century and it is no matter how you turn it one of the most important buildings in Sweden’s architectural styles. From the courtyard you can walk to the small garden that is connected to the town hall. There you can take in the view of the old part of the city, namely Gamla Stan. If sightseeing is not your cup of tea, you could count. You can of course do that by counting the bricks of the town hall. It is said that there would be no less than eight million stones in the design, which is now being converted into offices, halls and so on. Just like Gamla Stan, I really like the cozy atmosphere here and an excellent place to take pictures of both Stockholm City Hall and Gamla Stan, which is across the canal.
I have favorite places, buildings, neighborhoods and restaurants. But the nicest hotspot is Rosendals Trädgård and this deserves without a doubt a place in my top 3 best eateries in Stockholm. This garden café is, just like the ABBA museum, located on the Djurgarden island. You could be a bit shocked when seeing the price list. However, it is all organic and home-grown. It is therefore definitely recommended. Especially the typical Swedish pastries and the delicious (homemade) apple juice. Also nice to know; you can pick flowers and vegetables in the garden. A nice non-tourist experience!
The easiest way to travel from one attraction to another is through the metro. With an SL-Access card you can travel by metro, trains, trams, buses and boats within Stockholm. It costs about 20 SEK and you can charge it as often as you plan to use these means of transport. It is much cheaper if you have such an SL-Access card, than for example a discount card from the city itself. The metro is not only for the convenience of traveling around, but it also offers a beautiful photograph. Did you know that it is nicely painted? The Stockholm metro is not like other metro stations, it’s nice to walk there with amazing artwork!
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