Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and one of the most interesting and cosmopolitan cities in all of Europe. There are many things to do in Stockholm whether you have a long time to spend there or just a few days. There are several must-see sights that most tourists visit, plus plenty of lesser-known gems for those in the know. It’s great to mix things up a bit if you want to maximise your time in this delightful Scandinavian city. Stockholm airport transfer is the way to go when you arrive and it’ll make sure you get the trip off to a great start.
The Old Town, Gamla Stan, is the heart of the city and contains some of the best sights, including the Royal Palace and several churches and museums. The Royal Palace is a splendid castle and the official residence of the Swedish monarchy, with the interior showcasing luxury at its finest. Riddarholmen Church is a stunning medieval building over four hundred years old. Stockholm Cathedral dates back to the 13th century and combines Baroque and Gothic styles. Museums in Gamla Stan worth visiting include the Medieval Museum and the Nobel Museum, which details the life of Alfred Nobel and the world-famous prizes he pioneered.
The Vasa was a ship that went down quicker than the Titanic, sailing a mere two kilometres during its maiden voyage in 1628. Due to the preservative qualities of the water, the ship was recovered mostly intact and can now be seen in all its glory in the Vasamuseet. It’s an impressive sight, if noticeably top-heavy. You’ll wonder how they ever thought it could stay afloat. Close-by and also worth a visit is Junibacken, the children’s museum, which showcases the work of the author Astrid Lindgren.
Skansen is a museum and zoo featuring a replica of a traditional Swedish town in the 19th century, before industrialisation took hold. There are historical homes and workplaces showcasing a simpler life when things were made by skilled workers and people lived off the land. The zoo contains farm animals in addition to animals found in the Northern parts of Scandinavia, such as moose, bears, reindeer and wolverines.
Elsewhere in town
The Stockholm archipelago is a group of thousands of small islands, fourteen of which the capital is built on. There are many boat trips around the islands, which are glorious in spring and summer and a cruise is best enjoyed in the evening, with dinner and drinks.
The view of the city and the archipelago is wonderful and can be enjoyed from many places in the city. The most popular is from the City Hall and its 106 metre tower, but other amazing vistas can be seen from Slussen, Mosebacke and Hammarbybacken.
If you fancy a break from sight-seeing, it’s time for a quintessentially Swedish experience, ‘fika’. At its most basic, this is simply coffee, but to Swedes it’s so much more. The coffee is essential, plus buns or cake and a long, leisurely chat with friends make this a daily pleasure. For later, Stockholm is full of trendy bars and clubs plus a variety of restaurants serving foreign and traditional food, including the famous Swedish meatballs, many fish dishes and rich, creamy potatoes on the side.
Stockholm is also filled with art galleries, concert halls and sports arenas where you can enjoy a wealth of cultural delights. There are many flights to Stockholm from all over the UK, so getting there and back is easy. There are many airlines around such as SAS that provide you with such flights to Stockholm. Why not visit their website on www.flysas.com/en/uk/ for a further look? With so much on offer, this gem of Northern Europe is an incredible destination for a holiday of any length.