Top Tips To Discover Stockholm!
Stockholm, the capital of Sweden makes for a perfect city break!
Stockholm is a city where old and new co-exist in harmony, its a beautiful mixture of bright colors, history and modernity, with stunning parks and landscape.
The city is based on 14 islands that connect using 57 bridges! It has been established way back in 1252 by Birger Jarl.
The city's oldest district is called Gamla Stan, it showcases the city perfectly ~ From the royal palace to breathtaking architecture and medieval buildings, to gorgeous water and city views to statues, squares, and cobblestone streets. It is simply wonderful roaming around here!
Getting around Stockholm is surprisingly easy considering it's spread across 14 islands. While walking is my favorite way to get around and by far the best way to see as well as soak in the vibes and atmosphere, you can rent bikes and even Segways, as well as use ferries and the metro. Public transport here, in general, is dependable and efficient.
Where to stay: We chose to stay at the Scandic Continental where location, views, and comfort all meet! And, of course, let's not forget the stunning rooftop bar and restaurant, and pool! Situated a few minutes walk from the central station it's very easy to reach from Arlanda airport, definitely a plus.
For information and making a reservation: https://www.booking.com/hotel/se/scandic-continental.
From here it's very easy to reach by foot many of the local attractions such as Stockholm City Hall, Kungstragarden Park, and the Old Town.
When should you go: I would recommend spring and summer when you're more likely to have warm long sunny days, and can truly enjoy the outdoor activities this city offers.
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Tips to uncovering the magic of Stockholm:
Gamla Stan: The old city is a wonderful area to explore! It's all about wandering the narrow streets, seeing beautiful water views, be surrounded by vivacious colors, tiny yet very cozy squares to have drinks and a bite on, and little boutique stores to discover. The oldest and possibly most colorful square is Stortoget, great for coffee or afternoon drinks, a good spot to enjoy the sun rays and people watching. Golden tip: He secretly hides in a tiny courtyard ~ 'The little boy who looks at the moon', he is believed to bring good luck to those who touch him.
Don't miss visiting the Royal Palace! Be sure to check out in advance when the changing of the guards takes place, it's quite the ceremony!
Tip: Behind the Royal Palace you will discover Kungsträdgården, and if you're visiting during April don't miss the Cherry blossom!
For the market lovers, check out the fun market in Hornstull. It's like one big treasure hunt! A famous attraction along the water here is the food trucks!
Take a boat ride to Djurgarden island. It's about greenery, relaxation, boats, and museums. I might also add it holds plenty of opportunities to indulge your inner child! Some ideas to get you in the mood...Have a picnic, visit Skansen; an open-air museum showcasing the evolution of life in Sweden over five centuries, you can also observe wild Nordic animals. One of the city's most famous museum is located here; The Vasa Museum. You can see a giant seventeenth-century warship. Fun Tip: You can find Sweden’s oldest amusement park here called Gröna Lund. Can you believe it was first opened in 1883?! Last but absolutely not least, the Abba museum ~ We had a blast here! It's an interactive type museum where you get to unleash the dancing queen within you, and even record your own song!
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Do it like the locals- Get into the sauna...naked lol A great location is Hellasgården’s lakeside sauna. At least here men and women have separate saunas (thank god), apparently that's not a given, I'm still slightly scarred by my first experience in Scandinavian saunas...
Visit Drottningholm Palace- This one is in the French style and is just magnificent!
For the young at heart, dance the night away at Stockholm’s open-air club Trädgården.
No visit to Stockholm is complete without tasting authentic meatballs!
For those of you who enjoy hiking, walk the trail up to Mälarstrand to watch the sunset above the city, the views from here are worth the effort.
Stockholm is home to one of the most famous galleries; Fotografiska. And when you're done exploring and enjoying the stunning images relax with coffee and a bite while taking in the views across the water.
Enjoy a cocktail on one of the awesome rooftops around the city!
Don't miss walking down and enjoying the city's most expensive street with views and glitz to match. Strandvägen stretches along the waterfront from the posh Östermalm district towards the green trails of Djurgården island.
Spend a day on the water, make sure you stop for a swim along the way if the weather permits.
Have a wonderful time and if this guide was of assistence to you, I would love to hear about it!
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