The capital of Scandinavia, Stockholm, can be considered to be a tourist’s delight. Steeped in history and culture, endowed with Nature’s best sceneries and the excitement of a modern day urban city can be felt at its best when you travel to Stockholm.
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This buzzing city has been renowned as one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Built on an archipelago consisting of 14 islands, the city will let you breathe in fresh air as your senses rejuvenate with the lush greenery surrounding the islands.
Hence, if you are planning a trip to this amazing city of Stockholm, here are a few things that you can expect.
Things to do in Stockholm
Stockholm is one city that can be covered in a day as well as in a week, depending on how many days you are spending at this beautiful place. Since, the city is built on islands, hopping around from one part of the city to the other is not a big deal. 57 bridges connect the islands and can be travelled easily by local transport. However, tourists to this wonderful city prefer to walk down the lovely roads and enjoy the scenic beauty of this gorgeous place.
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It is the perfect place to enjoy with family and an ideal spot for a romantic vacation. With so much to do, tourists to Stockholm will be spoilt for choices. The tourist attractions, various activities, events and trips to the historic places of Stockholm would make your journey a memorable affair. And off course, there is plenty of opportunity to shop for antiques and souvenirs, stylish home décor items, designer clothes, shoes and accessories in Stockholm.
Adventure lovers would be in for a treat when they try their hand at sailing and kayaking or when they embark on a journey of the wilds, as they hike through the Tyresta National Park. Even bicycle tours can be arranged for enthusiastic travellers. And to perk up your outing, try fishing at the lakes outside the Royal Palace.
With a rich cultural heritage, Stockholm has numerous museums and historic buildings that attract a lot of tourists. The Vasa Museum is actually housed in an original ship from the seventeenth century and can be considered to be an exclusive place where you can witness some of the finest pieces of sculpture.
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The carved sculptures have been used to decorate this ship which has now been transformed into a very famous museum in Stockholm. Gradually, you can move out of this awe-inspiring ship to other museums of the city including the National Museum which is a treasure house of paintings, sculptures and handicrafts from yesteryears along with modern designs, drawings and graphics created by the modern day artist.
And if you want to enjoy some of the finest creations by artists like Picasso, Matisse, Dali and Derkert, make a trip to the Moderna Musset. Some of Europe’s finest art collections have been stored in this museum. The Skansen Open Air Museum is a tourist’s delight as it provides a look into one of the oldest open air museums along with a breathtaking view of the city of Stockholm. Even the Stockholm zoo is housed in this compound.
The Royal Palace equipped with 400 rooms is a beautiful sight that should not be missed on your visit to Stockholm. The other attractions in Stockholm that you must see include the Royal National City Park which is a six mile long park, packed with greenery and stretches through almost all parts of the city. A tour of the city hall and a boat ride in and around the islands would surely help you to soak in the beauty of the city.
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Finally, a visit to Gamla Stan, one of the finest medieval city centres that have been preserved over the years, should feature on your to do list. Here, as you walk down the winding roads, you’ll get the feel of a bygone era as you browse through quaint little shops selling antiques and handicrafts, cafes where people meet and have a look at the art galleries along the streets.
Stockholm also boasts of three UNESCO world heritage sites, namely Drottningholm, Birka and Skogskyrkogarden. These are ancient places and as you take a tour of these regions, you’ll get a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the city.
Plenty of eateries to please your taste buds
When in Stockholm, don’t worry about the kind of food you’ll be getting here, think about the number of options that you’ll be sampling. There are trendy places as well as some beautiful restaurants serving authentic Swedish food along with other international cuisines.
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At these restaurants, dishes are made with original Swedish recipes incorporating ingredients such as shellfish, game and desserts with cloudberries and blueberries. Hence, the old town and places like Sodermalm, Stortorget, Vasterlanggatan are lined with numerous restaurants that will take you on a gastronomic journey. And if you want to enjoy some drinks, check out the bars at the city, they surely won’t disappoint you.
A hot nightlife
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The nightlife in Stockholm can be best described as hot and happening. The cool bars and nightclubs provide ample opportunity to mingle with locals, hang out with friends, play a game or groove to the music played by the seasoned DJs. Therefore, after a hectic day of travelling, if you really want to let your hair down and enjoy, find a local nightclub!
Pamper yourself at a nearby spa
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Due to its proximity to the water, Stockholm is dotted with numerous spas and bath houses that allow you to completely pamper yourself. At the bath houses, you can expect different types of hot and cold baths along with sauna and swimming sessions. The spas, on the other hand, are complete luxury havens where you can indulge in the best of Swedish massage and exquisite spa treatments and therapies that will rejuvenate and relax your body, mind and soul.
Thus, a visit to Stockholm would be an extremely gratifying experience that will leave you breathless with nature’s mesmerizing powers and the city’s ability to preserve it in the purest possible form.