#TravelTuesdays: The City Spread Across 14 Islands: Stockholm
Lets just take a moment to picture this, a city that is spread across 14 islands! That alone should entice you to visit this city! The initial reaction anyone has, if you tell them that you are planning on visiting Stockholm is that it’s pricey and will burn a hole in your wallet. Fear not! I am here to let you know that it is possible to visit Sweden on a budget.
There is so much to see in Stockholm that you don’t even know where to start. There is an incredible mix of art, culture, history, design mixed together with some pretty amazing architecture and shopping. Something that is very popular is the outdoor life! I visited during spring and the waterfronts were already packed with people and restaurants/bars lining up the streets. Though it may seem like there is a lot of ground to cover (when thinking of 14 islands), the distance between the neighbourhoods isn’t that far. Here are a few things that I managed to do when I spent a weekend in Stockholm!
1. Djurgården Island
Djurgården is known as the green island of Stockholm. In addition to being home to several of the city’s top museums, this island is also home to an outdoor animal park and an amusement park! There are many restaurants, bars and cafes if you are looking for a break from all the museums! Access to the island can be via ferry, by bus/tram or even by foot. I suggest taking the ferry in order to enjoy the “skyline” of colored buildings that make up Stockholm.
The museum I visited was the Vasa museum. This is a maritime museum, which houses an original, almost fully intact 17th century ship. A little history lesson, the Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in 1628! This beautiful ship is a must see for archeology and maritime lovers alike!
2. Drottninggatan (Queens Street) Shopping District
Of course I can’t go on holiday and not have a stroll through the shopping district! This street is so long, almost 2 km to be exact! I didn’t even know where to start. A variety of international and local brands line up the street! Walking through this pedestrian shopping district, you come across a few key points of interest.
- Hötorget Square: which is an outdoor fruit, vegetable and flower market that runs the whole week! In addition to this there is also an indoor food market called Hötorgshallen, which is an interesting place to try some international cuisines if that’s your kind of thing.
- Konserthuset: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Sergels Torg Square: In this square you will find the Kulturhuset (House of Culture) and the Stadsteatern (City Theatre). This is one of the most iconic public squares in Stockholm.
The end of Drottninggatan Street ends here. This Riksbron bridge connects to the Riksdaghuset (House of Parliament). You can walk right through here and you end up in Gamla Stan.
3. Gamla Stan
Nothing excites me more than walks through old towns, looking at antique doors/buildings and taking in the vibes of what once was. Gamla Stan is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe. This is where Stockholm was founded all the way back in 1252. The island on which Gamla Stan is located is called Stadsholmen. The Royal Palace takes up the biggest part of the island; I mean it is only one of the largest Palaces in the world! No biggy!
Finally, if you are in Gamla Stan, make use of the free museum Livrustkammaren that houses the Royal Armoury of Sweden. Here you will find Royal gowns, horse carriages, guns and jewels.
To end my weekend in Stockholm, I witnessed the Royal changing of the guard. This is special since it is a 40-minute ceremony that takes place in the courtyard of the Royal Palace. The military band performs every Sunday and on holidays alongside the changing of the guard.
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