The beautiful Swedish capital prides itself on being open to anyone and everyone. A curious city, eager to try anything that is new, anything that’s different.
Stockholm is also widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, built where the lake meets the sea, on fourteen islands, with eight centuries of history and culture to choose from.
The Royal Palace:
Located by the water’s edge on the periphery of Gamla Stan, this is the official residence of the King of Sweden. 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 several museums. Dating from the 18th century and Baroque in style, the palace houses many gems. Here, you can see Queen Kristina’s silver throne and visit the Museum of Antiquities, the Armoury, the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) Museum, and Treasury. Don’t miss the daily changing of the guard.
The sea flows through the arteries of Stockholm, and during the summer months, the city is quite literally awash with boats of all shapes and sizes. Many city-dwellers own summer houses on the islands of the skärgården and spend, if not the entire summer there, then most weekends. Bearing all this in mind, to experience Stockholm from the water is surely a must-do for any visitor. Take a trip under the bridges of Stockholm or while away an hour or two on the Royal Canal Tour.
The incredible Vasa battleship was intended to be the pride of the Swedish Imperial fleet, yet in a forerunner of the Titanic disaster centuries later, sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. The three masts on the roof of the museum are not just a tourist draw; they were reconstructed to the exact height and specifications of the original masts. This is the most visited museum in Sweden, and rightfully so. More than one million people a year come here to enjoy the different exhibitions and watch the movie on the ship’s history.
Stockholmers are obsessed with nature, and with Djurgården’s calm waterside and woodland trails. If you’re into museums, the island also boasts several of the capital’s most popular attractions. At the open-air Skansen, visitors can stroll through five centuries of Swedish houses and farmsteads and observe wild Nordic animals. The Vasa Museum is home to a giant seventeenth century salvaged ship, while Abba The Museum combines nostalgic memorabilia with quirky interactive exhibits.
Examples of Swedish husmanskost are pea soup (ärtsoppa), boiled and mashed carrots, potato and rutabaga served with pork (rotmos med fläsk), many varieties of salmon (such as gravlax, inkokt lax, fried, pickled), varieties of herring (most commonly pickled, but also fried, au gratin, etc.), fish balls (fiskbullar).