- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Stockholm
Fourteen small islands make up the city of Stockholm, which is the capital city of Sweden. One of the most spacious and airy cities, Stockholm is known to have the largest Royal Palace in Europe. The city also has a large number of museums. Stockholm is also well-known for its beautiful architecture. Tourists are sure to have the most wonderful time here.
The city caters to the taste of both old and the new. While those interested in the history and architecture can visit the city’s palace and numerous museums. For those who want to experience the vibrant young life of Stockholm can do so too. But the Skargarden or the Stockholm Archipelago fascinates one and all. It comprises of an astounding 24,000 islands, islets, and rocks. The Stockholm archipelago is indeed, one of the most beautiful in the world. If you want a closer look, you can take one of the several ferry lines that will give you a tour of the archipelago.
Gamla Stan (Old Town)
Dating from the 1200's and crammed with must-see sights, attractions, cafés, authentic restaurants and boutique shops, the area of Gamla Stan (Old Town) is a living-breathing museum in its own right. For many this is the first stop on their journey of exploration. Certainly there's no better way to instantly absorb the feel of Stockholm and get to grips with the city's culture. Plenty of souvenirs and gifts are available in the Old Town, and visitors will find themselves transported back to medieval times as they meander through a bewildering labyrinth of tiny winding streets. Mysterious vaults and ancient frescoes lurk behind picturesque facades. If visiting in winter, be sure to take in the marvellous Julmarknad (Christmas Market), an experience akin to being in a fairy tale. Stockholm Cathedral, the Nobel Museum and the Royal Palace are all located here and should be high up on any sightseeing itinerary. If visiting the Royal Palace be sure to catch the changing of the guard.
The Royal Palace (Sverige's Kungahus)
A visit here could be a day out in itself. Located by the water's edge on the periphery of Gamla Stan, this is the official residence of the King of Sweden. Interestingly, the Queen's residence lies elsewhere, on the beautiful island and UNESCO World Heritage Site Drottningholm (Queen's island). A rich taste of the once mighty Swedish Empire, the palace is one of the largest in Europe boasting in excess of 600 rooms and no less than five museums. Dating from the 18th century and baroque in style, the real gems await inside. Here you can see Queen Kristina's silver throne, visit the Museum of Antiquities, the Armoury, the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) Museum, and Treasury. As mentioned previously, visitors can witness the daily changing of the guard.
Skansen Open-Air Museum
The oldest open-air museum in the world, Skansen, on the island of Djurgården, is a wonderful attraction for families, particularly those with young children. Not only will visitors be treated to an authentic taste of Sweden as it once was, but also the wonderful Stockholm Zoo. More than 150 different buildings and houses were collected from all around the country and reassembled here. There are distinct town districts including, among many others, manor houses, a bakery, the beautiful Seglora timber church, and a pottery. At the zoo are moose, bears, lynxes, wolves, and seals as well as the delightful children's zoo. For traditional Swedish Smörgåsbord pay a visit to the Solliden Restaurant.
Tourist Attractions in Stockholm
Fotografiska is Stockholm's museum of contemporary photography and hosts an eclectic mix of exhibitions throughout the year. There's a restaurant, book, and souvenir store and from the top floor, one of the most enviable views over the city. In recent years, the museum has seen a huge increase in visitor numbers and is now acknowledged as one of the world's premier photography venues. The Bistro on the top floor is acclaimed as one of the city's coolest restaurants (weekend brunch is particularly popular with locals) and the gallery hosts cutting-edge live and club music throughout the year.