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Stockholm • Top 10 • City on Water

Stockholm is the Queen of Lake Mälaren, and there are many reasons for that nickname of the city. The Swedish capital is beautifully situated like only a few other capitals in the world; to the west you will find the lake landscape around Lake Mälaren, and to the east the archipelago’s innumerable islands and reefs stretching all the way to the Baltic Sea.

You will see the water many times on a walk around the city and please do enjoy it. Starting in the city center, you can walk the cozy streets and narrow alleys of the old town, Gamla Stan, and there are water and beautiful views all around the island forming the neighborhood. The view of Stockholm City Hall is iconic and perhaps the most famous in all of Sweden. And of course you can also sail on one of the many small ferries and enjoy everything from the sea side.

You also need to take a tour to the underground of Stockholm. Down in the bedrock, you will find the subway stations like fantastic architectural pieces of art. And also try the museum trams on line 7N, which can take you to some of Stockholm’s many interesting museums and to Gröna Lund’s magical atmosphere. If you choose the museum route, the ship Vasa, the Nordic Museum and the Swedish National Museum are among the best choices.

Here are 10 of the things that can make your trip to Stockholm even better…

 

Gamla Stan, Stockholm

1. Enjoy yourself in Gamla Stan

If there is a neighborhood in the city that you have to walk in to indulge the atmosphere, it surely is Gamla Stan, which is located as an island in the middle of the harbor. Simply walk around, and then your feet will automatically take you to places like Stortorget with iconic gabled houses and narrow streets like Prästgatan, where the houses are closing in on you. Beautiful street lights also illuminate alleys like Mårten Trotzigs Gränd, which is the narrowest of them all. Also take a break every now and then; eg in a café under a chestnut tree.

2. Relax at Skansen

Stockholm is a city in nature and on water. You can enjoy the fresh sea and lakes in many places, and you are never far from lovely green areas. And Skansen is a very special place. Go there and enjoy the trip to the fullest. You walk around in a huge open-air museum with a zoo and so many beautiful and interesting buildings from many parts of Sweden. You will see 18th century farms, mills and churches and you can also see a typical 19th century town with shops and workshops as well as walk into a 20th century grocery store. All in a very nice setting in on of Stockholm’s large green parklands.

3. Be happy and do the Drottninggatan walk

Name all the streets of Sweden and you find the perhaps most famous. It is Drottninggatan, which leads a long way through the Norrmalm district. And why is it so well known now? The street was laid out as the main thoroughfare to the north as early as the 17th century. Over the centuries, more and more of it were developed, and today the street is a cozy pedestrian street with shops, cafes, restaurants and lots of good atmosphere. Look out for good shopping, but also architecture and some of the art you will meet along your way.

 

4. Get the Nobel Prize for an evening
Make something great, something talented, something unique. And receive the Nobel Prize with pomp and splendor in Stockholm. That sounds very good, does it? But you can also choose to walk around and look at the Nobel sites in the city. The prizes have been awarded on December 10 in the Concert Hall since 1926, but the subsequent banquet will be held at Stockholm City Hall, which in itself is a sight you must see. And you can explore much more about Alfred Nobel and his prizes at the Nobel Prize Museum on Stortorget.

 

Stockholm metro

5. Take a walk in the underground
Stockholm is built on a lot of islands and almost directly on top of the bedrock. It is a nature and geology that provides good opportunities for different experiences, and one of them is a trip with Stockholm’s metro lines. Or rather a look at many of the stations, which are created as mighty halls in the raw cliffs with beautiful decoration and lighting. You will never forget it once you have been here. Some great stations are Kungsträdgården, T-Centralen and Solna Centrum.

 

6. Enjoy a magical evening in Gröna Lund
Sometimes there is just magic in the air, and it is often the case in Stockholm, where the atmosphere is warm as a summer night. You walk around the city and the water waves between the neighborhoods. And the amusement park Gröna Lund is in the middle of it all, down to the waves at the entrance to Stockholm city center. It’s magical. And it’s fun. You just have to enjoy and let yourself loose in a Southern way in the north. Enjoy both the atmosphere, the view and the many rides. And everything is at its best on the long bright summer evenings where the sun almost never sets.

 

7. Explore with line 7N
It is often so cozy with trams, and especially when they are old and bustling through the city streets. And that’s exactly how it is on board the Djurgård line with number 7N. It all started with horse-drawn trams in 1877, but they were put in the stable in 1904. The electric trams were parked in the garage on H-day in 1967, but luckily 7N got started again with old trams. You got to take a ride with it, and a high mood from Norrmalmstorg to Skansen is guarenteed. If you want to see more, visit the city’s tram museum.

 

8. Be impressed with Vasa
Imagine if you built an amazing warship equipped with lots of cannons. You also wanted the ship to be the strongest and most magnificent that existed. And you got your ship, which unfortunately sank in the harbor on its maiden voyage. It was coincidental for Gustav II Adolf in 1626-1628, when Vasa sank under the king’s ambitions to control the Baltic Sea. Fortunately, the ship was found in 1956 in a uniquely fine condition. And you can see all the glory at the Vasa Museum. A unique ship in the world.

 

Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm

9. Experience the tranquility of Drottningholm
Drottningholms Slott is the name of the elegant 16th-17th century palace, which is beautifully loacted on Lovön island at the banks of Lake Mälaren’s west of Stockholm. It has for many years been the summer residence of the Swedish royal family, but fortunately it is also a major tourist attraction that you should enjoy when you are in Stockholm. And you get a lot more than just the palace if you choose to go here. You will see a stately baroque garden, an English garden, the China Palace, the palace theater and much more. And yes, you can also sail to Drottningholm from the city center on board a lovely boat.

 

10. Head for the Archipelago
Sail, sail, sail and be happy. Yes, it sounds easy, and in fact it is when it comes to Stockholm. The city is located between Lake Mälaren to the west and the Archipelago to the east, and you have countless choices for lovely boat trips. Take a new one every day if you want more and more sailing and happiness. You can sail all the way up to Simpnäs in the north and Utö in the south, and you can dock in a lot of places or just hop off at popular places like Vaxholm or do the longer trip to Sandhamn. And you board all the boats at Strömkajen or Slussen in the city center.

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Experiences in Stockholm

Stockholm is the Queen of Lake Mälaren, and there are many reasons for that nickname of the city. The Swedish capital is beautifully situated like only a few other capitals in the world; to the west you will find the lake landscape around Lake Mälaren, and to the east the archipelago’s innumerable islands and reefs stretching all the way to the Baltic Sea.

You will see the water many times on a walk around the city and please do enjoy it. Starting in the city center, you can walk the cozy streets and narrow alleys of the old town, Gamla Stan, and there are water and beautiful views all around the island forming the neighborhood. The view of Stockholm City Hall is iconic and perhaps the most famous in all of Sweden. And of course you can also sail on one of the many small ferries and enjoy everything from the sea side.

You also need to take a tour to the underground of Stockholm. Down in the bedrock, you will find the subway stations like fantastic architectural pieces of art. And also try the museum trams on line 7N, which can take you to some of Stockholm’s many interesting museums and to Gröna Lund’s magical atmosphere. If you choose the museum route, the ship Vasa, the Nordic Museum and the Swedish National Museum are among the best choices.

Here are 10 of the things that can make your trip to Stockholm even better…

Travel guide Stockholm: vamados.dk/stockholm

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