The best 8 attractions in Stockholm
Did you know which is the biggest city in the Nordics? If your guess is Stockholm, you are right. The capital of Sweden is located on the east coast of the country. More than 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and also 30% of the city is covered by green areas. Does not it sound nice to feel this close to nature in a capital city?
Besides of the natural conditions, Stockholm has several attractions to see. If you are a museum fanatic, plan a long tour, because you can visit 53 museums in this city and those are just the museums… The list of must-sees is endless in the Swedish capital. To make it is easier for you, we have collected some Stockholm highlights – from classical ones to the most modern attractions.
Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm and also one of the largest preserved medieval city centres in Europe. This area is full of museums, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. Here you can also find the oldest square in Stockholm called Stortoget which is a great place to have a coffee break. The Swedes have a lovely afternoon tradition of taking a coffee break usually with a delicious pastry – they call it ‘fika’. You should definitely enjoy a fika to feel like a local.
Stockholm Palace or Royal Palace is also located in Gamla Stan. It is the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch. In summertime, you have a chance to watch the changing of the guard ceremony every day. You can also find a couple of museums.
Skansen is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden located on the island Djurgården. It was opened in 1891. If you are interested in the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era, you should not miss visiting Skansen.
Vasa Museum is also located on the island of Djurgården. The Vasa ship capsized and sank in 1628 on her maiden voyage. After 333 years on the seabed, the mighty warship was salvaged. Today Vasa is the world’s best-preserved 17th-century ship and the most visited museum in Scandinavia.
Stockholm is unique with the world’s first national urban park in a capital city. It is a green lung forming an arc more than six miles long, stretching around and through the city. This is a place where you can relax and just enjoy nature or go for an adventure and see beautiful buildings, visit castles and museums. You might meet some deers, hares, and foxes and listen to the singing of special birds – just in the middle of the city.
Are you a big fan of Mamma Mia movies? Would you like to be a real dancing queen? Stockholm gives you the opportunity by visiting the ABBA museum. You can not only learn about the history of the famous Swedish band, but you can try yourself on the stage as a real member of the band. The museum offers plenty of fun activities.
If it comes to Stockholm, most people probably associate it with the Nobel. The city hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet at the Convert Hall and Stockholm City Hall. In the Nobel Prize Museum, you can learn a lot about Nobel Prize winners, as well as the details of their work. The museum frequently offers creative exhibitions which can be visited temporarily.
Last, but not least, one of the most famous attractions in Stockholm is the metro system. It was opened in 1950 and it is like an art gallery with a unique decoration of each station. It is considered to be the world’s longest art exhibit with a length of 110 kilometers and more than 90 stations decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and relics of over 150 different artists.
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