Stockholm, also called in swedish, the beauty on the water, is a royal capital built on 14 islands, all connected between them by many bridge very well developed. It is probably the most known of all the scandinavian Capital. It is a very cosmopolitan capital and you will see people from all the horizons. On these bridges we can everywhere contemplate the beauty of the buildings. And he is important to press on the importance of the water in this place, because it is one of the main raison of the charm of the city. It is a modern city in an idyllic archipelageo, very alive at the same time that it is also quiet. In fact it is very easy in few minutes to reach the country side, or simply to reach the green area just beside the city center like Djugarden, which is a real green lung in the city.To move in Stockholm, you have the subway and the bus. You can also make a part of the city center walking. Many excursions are possible around Stockholm for a day. It is great to explore in one side the islands of the archipelageo, or in the other side, to explore the Malaren lake.
Best things to do in Stokholm
The old town (Gamla Stan) is the historic center of Stockholm. It stretches on the island of Stadsholmen and the islets of Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen and Strömsborg. It dates back to the 13th century, but most of the buildings present today are from the 18th and 19th centuries. It is a superb mix of cobbled streets and alleys, pastel colored buildings, which open onto squares whose architecture is most interesting. Many souvenir shops can be found there, as well as many restaurants and other charming cafes.
The Grand Place (Stortorget) is the center of the old town. All major attractions of the island are nearby, the Baroque Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) and the Royal Chapel (Storkyrkan) at the corner of the street.
You can spend half a day wandering the small streets of Gamla Stan.
The Royal Park Djurgarden is a huge park located in the heart of the Scandinavian capital. It is an ideal destination if you are looking for a spot of nature to walk around, and it’s right next to the city center.
Djurgården is a kind of ecopark. It is a 27 km2 protected area between Stockholm and the surrounding cities.
Located in the east of the city center, the Royal Park Djurgården is easily accessible by foot, boat, bus or tram. A true tourist attraction, it attracts nearly 10 million people every year.
Verdant, calm, relaxing, the island of Djurgården is an ideal place for walkers or people who wish to relax while staying in Stockholm. It is really a pleasure to walk in this place, and so relaxing. It’s hard to believe that the vibrant city center is right next to it.
Located on the island of Djurgården and close to the Vasa museum, Skansen offers a fascinating look into historical Swedish life. With over 100 reconstructed farms and houses from different parts of Sweden, you can explore five centuries of Swedish history, from the north to the south of the country. Stroll through the historic buildings and meet the local characters working such as farmers, carpenters, bakers and more.Not only can you see how the Swedish people of the past lived and worked, but see many species of Scandinavian animals, from traditional farm-bred animals to wild animals such as wolverines, bears, lynx, wolves, bison and more, there’s plenty of creatures and critters to meet. There is also the Children’s zoo – perfect for little and big kids! The museum shop sells traditional crafts and new Swedish design.
On the island of Djugarden, you will find also the Vasamuseet, grouping an imposing warship of the Swedish Crown. The museum retraces the vessel, reconstructed in its entirety as well as the historical context.
Stadshuset, the town hall
The Stockholm City Hall can be seen from far enough, with its 106-meter high square tower and its flamboyant red bricks. Quite recent, it is here that takes place every year the award of the Nobel prizes. To see: the golden hall and its walls covered with 18 million shards of glass and gold, and the superb panoramic view at the top.
Kaknästornet is the Stockholm tv-tower. It is also a great spot of 155 meter high with the best view of Stockholm, day and night, summer and winter, rain or shine, offering a unique environment. Best place to have the point of view of all the city and the archipelageo.
Drottninggatan shopping street
One of Stockholm’s most popular streets is Drottninggatan. This pedestrian street is located in the downtown area of Stockholm, running north to south along 2 kilometers. There are many shops and boutiques along this street. Most of them are the type that can be found in any Swedish shopping center. H&M, Zara, JC, Stadium, Body Shop, etc. Besides shopping, it is also a nice street to stroll on and a good way to cross quickly through the city on foot.
The Swede is a person of taste, and as such, he never fails to take a fika. Fika is to stop during a day in a coffee to eat something an to rest for a while. The formula is simple: a hot drink accompanied by a pastry, kanelbullar (cinnamon bread), morotskaka (carrot cake) or prinsessatarta (cream cake covered with marzipan) for example. Also comes in salty, possibly.
The fact that Stockholm is built on 14 beautiful islands connected by 57 bridges, makes a sightseeing tour by boat somewhat of a given. Stay aboard for the whole tour or hop on and off as you please.You will be able to have a great view from the boat and to see the different bridges and islands connected.