Date of stay: Jan 2013
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
Stockholm is the capital of Scandinavia and what a place.
I was there for 4 days at the end of January to enjoy this winter paradise. The city itself is situated on 14 different islands with interconnecting bridges and ferry routes. The underground trains are very easy to manage and English is widely spoken.
Things to do:
Walk around the old town: in Swedish it is called Gamla Stan. It is a small island with loads of history, and you can spend ages walking around the narrow alleys and cobbled streets.
Fotographiska: I am not an art person in any way, shape or form, but really really enjoyed this gallery. The exhibitions change every few months, but it is really well set out and has the most amazing photographs you will ever see. Well worth the price (110SEK) Fotographiska
The Vasa Museum: Another great museum, this one is about the war ship that was built in the 1600s which made it only 1km in the harbour before sinking as it was too top heavy. The exhibition focusses on the uplifting and restoration process of the ship which is sitting smack in the middle of the museum, and they reckon over 80% of the ship is original. Vasa Museum
Free walking tours: These are run frequently. I did a new town tour and learnt about the Swedish culture and had a good insight into the city and how it was formed. There are also old town tours available as well but unfortunately the times of the tours did not suit my plans. As the name says, it's a free tour so you can’t complain (although a tip is welcomed by the guide afterwards) Stockholm free walking tours.
Nobel Prize Museum: situated on the old town (Galma Stan). There is a museum that gives you all the history about the prize and who has won it in the past. I did not go to this one, as was told I could find the same information on the internet. If you are a history nut, then you may appreciate the exhibition more.
Djurgarden: one of my favorite things to do was take in the scenery of the snow covered gardens for a couple of hours. There are plenty of paths to walk around, and it doesn’t cost a thing! I imagine in summer it would be a hot spot for dog walkers, flower lovers and fitness freaks.
Comedy evening: there is a pub called ‘Big Bens’ which is on the corner of Katarinavagen and Folkungagatan which hosts stand-up comedy regularly. Two times a week and the shows are in English and there is an array of experienced to novice comedians.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall rating: 4 out of 5