Stockholm is one of the most beautiful capitals in the worlds. The city is built in 14 islands that connect with each other by 57 bridges. The beautiful buildings, the green, the clean air and the proximity to water, are some of the most characteristic attributes of Stockholm.
With 750 years of history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers a huge variety of museums and sightseeing. Most of city’s sightseeing can be visited by foot.
Let the tour begins!
Gamla Stan (The Old Town)
The town dates to the 13th century, and consists of medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and archaic architecture. North German architecture has had a strong influence in the Old Town’s construction. Stortorget is the name of the scenic large square in the center of Gamla Stan, which is surrounded by old merchants’ houses including the Stockholm Stock Exchange Building.
As well as being home to the Stockholm Cathedral, the Nobel Museum, and the Riddarholm church, Gamla stan also boasts Kungliga slottet, Sweden’s baroque Royal Palace, built in the 18th century after the previous palace Tre Kronor burned down.
The restaurant Den gyldene freden is located on Österlånggatan. It has been in business since 1722 and according to Guinness Book of Records is the oldest existing restaurant with an unaltered interior.
Stockholm Palace or The Royal Palace is the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch (the actual residence of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia is at Drottningholm Palace). Stockholm Palace is located on Stadsholmen, in Gamla Stan in the capital, Stockholm. The Palace has 600 rooms, 5 museums including the royal arsenal museum with royal costumes and armor. Don’t miss the change of the guards that takes place every morning.
The Vasa Museum is a maritime museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Located on the island of Djurgården, the museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa Museum opened in 1990 and, according to the official web site, is the most visited museum in Scandinavia.
Skansen Open – Air Museum
Skansen is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm. It was opened on 11 October 1891 by Artur Hazelius to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era.
Fotografiska (The Swedish Museum of Photography) is a center for contemporary photography in the Södermalm district of Stockholm that opened on 21 May 2010. The museum hosts 4 large exhibitions and 20 smaller.
The City Hall
Stockholm City Hall is the building of the Municipal Council for the City of Stockholm. It stands on the eastern tip of Kungsholmen island, next to Riddarfjärden’s northern shore and facing the islands of Riddarholmen and Södermalm. It houses offices and conference rooms as well as ceremonial halls, and the luxury restaurant Stadshuskällaren. It is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet and is one of Stockholm’s major tourist attractions.
The City Hall, owns the characteristic bell tower with the three gold crowns, which is one of the most famous buildings in Stockholm. It is built from eight million bricks and has a tower that reaches the 106 meters. The City Hall is open to the public. You can also climb inside the tower and enjoy a fantastic view over the city.
Moderna Museet (“the Museum of Modern Art”), is a state museum for modern and contemporary art located on the island of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, opened in 1958. It hosts a huge collection with paintings of Picasso, Dali, Matisse and other great painters.
Nationalmuseum (or National Museum of Fine Arts) is the national gallery of Sweden, located on the peninsula Blasieholmen in central Stockholm. The museum was founded in 1792 as Kungliga Museet (“Royal Museum”), but the present building was opened in 1866, when it was renamed the Nationalmuseum.
The museum is home to about half a million drawings from the Middle Ages to 1900, prominent Rembrandt and Dutch 17th-century collection, and a collection of porcelain items, paintings, sculptures, and modern art as well. The museum also has an art library, open to the public and academics alike.
Royal National City Park
The first national park in the world. The park is forming an arc more than six miles long, stretching around and through the city.
In the park, you can meet many animals, such as deer and hares, foxes and even moose, rare birds, butterflies and insects. There is an abundance of things to see: museums, an amusement park, theaters, castles, hotels, sports facilities, numerous residences from different historical periods, hills with centuries-old trees, oak, ponds, streams, marshes and canals, meadows with grazing cows, horses and sheep, secluded spots for swimming, rocky hills and areas with wild nature that you won’t believe. And all these, in the middle of a big city!
The exploration of Stockholm from water is an enjoyable experience. Fortunately, there are many tours to choose from depending on your interests (Under the bridges of Stockholm, the Royal Canal tour, Historical Canal Tour and early Good Morning Stockholm Tour). All focus on central Stockholm and last from 50 minutes to 2 ½ hours.
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