Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden, lying on the numerous peninsulas and islands at the inlet formed by the Baltic, is often referred to as “Venice of the North”. The city has a lovely setting with combination of land and sea, the cliffs rising up from the water, the rocky islands bordering the coast, and the waterways surrounding the city. Apart from the three World Heritage sites including Skogskyrkogarden, Drottningholm Palace, and Birka, Stockholm boasts of excellent galleries, theaters, the Nobel Institute, and museums.
The Old Town or Gamla Stan, crammed with boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, and attractions, is the first place to explore on your visit to Stockholm, providing you the feel of the city’s culture. Discover ancient frescoes and mysterious vaults behind attractive facades. The Royal Palace, the Nobel Museum, and Stockholm Cathedral situated in Gamla Stan, should be included on your sightseeing itinerary.
The Royal Palace
Also called Stockholm Palace, it is the Swedish king’s official residence, located on the edge of Gamla Stan. This 18th century baroque style palace has 5 museums and more than 600 rooms. Witness the Armory (Livrustkammaren), the silver throne of Queen Kristina, the regular altering of the guard by visiting the Tre Kronor Museum, the Museum of Antiquities, and the Treasury.
Visitors can see the magnificent Vasa battleship that sank in 1628. However, the ship was salvaged in 1961 with 95 percent of it intact. With reconstructed masts reaching to the actual height, the museum is one of the most popular spots in Stockholm drawing one million tourists every year.
This is a calm and peaceful oasis located in the centre of the city, drawing locals and tourists alike, especially during the summer. Djurgarden is home to pleasant restaurants, hotels, cafes, and snack bars. The Grona Lund, Skansen open-air museum, and Abba the Museum are all situated here.
A museum of modern photography in Stockholm, Fotografiska hosts a wide range of exhibitions all through the year. You will find a souvenir and bookstore, as well as the widely acclaimed Bistro.
The City Hall
Adoring three golden crowns, this is one of the most prestigious buildings in the city, located at the periphery of the water. It hosts the Nobel Banquets every year, when the recipients dine in Bla hallen and then proceed to the formal gathering in Gyllene salen.
Located on the city’s southern fringe, SkyView allows you to climb atop the Ericsson Globe, a modern landmark in Stockholm. Standing at 130 meters from the sea level, it provides an unforgettable view of the entire city.