Welcome to The Stockholm City Guide. I’ll be honest, Stockholm was never on my list of places to visit. I had never had an eagerness to go, none of my close friends had been and I’d never been exposed to the city.
So, from not even having formed an opinion before I left, I had no expectations. A friend of mine had moved there (a town outside) and I’ve made it my mission to do at least one new Country a year. So Sweden, you were my 30th country and what a country you are.
The city is built on numerous islands and is regarded as one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. The architecture is enriched with history and culture and there is so much to see and do around the city. I’ll be honest I spent most days in Stockholm walking around the city and stopping off at different cafes to people watch because that’s my sort of travelling.
Stockholm City Guide
Whilst in the city I stayed in a hostel that also doubles up as a hotel. Generator is popular among business travellers as well as backpacking millennials. Because of its affordable rooms, Generator has made The Stockholm City Guide, the hostel is an ideal base to visit the city. It’s in the perfect location with easy walking distance to the train station and centre. – Stockholm is the perfect city to walk about, although the tube stations are definitely in a league of their own.
What to do
There is plentiful to do in this city with affordable tours, historical buildings and breathtaking views around the capital.
Visit Strotoget and Gamla Stan
Stortorget is one of the oldest squares in Stockholm and is located in the old town, it’s one of Stockholm’s most iconic setting. Sit on a bench taking in the atmosphere and people watch until your heart’s content. It’s also a great place to get some sweet treats and marvel at the infamous colourful townhouses, the best place to people watch in this Stockholm City Guide.
This was once a true Hanseatic trading city now it hosts restaurants, museums, boutiques and cafes.
You can catch the tram fairly easy to this open-air museum and zoo. The museum shows different parts of Sweden before the industrial era. Unfortunately, I attended this museum when it was pouring with rain and had no coat. But don’t let that stop you from visiting as you can easily spend the whole day there. The museum has many animals such as Moses, Reindeer and Bears within the walls. Within the museum, there are traditional houses, which has actors in old-fashioned dress giving talks on that era of history. It’s great whether you’re travelling with kids or as a solo backpacker.
Located not far from Skansen is the Grona Lund, an amusement park with rollercoaster and thrill rides. You can then get the boat back to the mainland from here. If you have children this is the perfect thing to do as a family.
Although I didn’t have a chance to visit the museum I had heard from several people that it’s well worth a visit. Housed within the museum is a 64-gun warship that went down on its first voyage in 1628. It is the only 17th-century ship of this scale to make it to the present day. The amazing relic was from the 17th-century reign of King Gustavus Adolphus.
The Royal Palace is a beautiful palace located in the heart of Stockholm and near to Gamla Stan. This is the official residence of The King of Sweden and has over 600 rooms. This eighteenth-century palace is open to the public it also has the parade of soldiers and the daily changing of the guard. Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish Royal family.
Stockholm is renowned for its iconic underground metro stations. More than 90 of the 200 stations host the longest art gallery with paintings, illustrations, mosaics and sculptures by 150 artists since the 1950s.
Be inspired and walk the waterfront.
The best thing about Stockholm is the magic of the city, to get lost and to become inspired. Walk along the waterfront and enjoy the waterside cafes and restaurant. The Grand Hotel Stockholm, which was the inspiration for the Grand Budapest Hotel stands tall. – Welcome to Stockholm!
Stockholm is an amazing city to travel to whether your on a solo trip or with friends and family. There is so much to do in the city with amazing restaurants, shops and museums it’s difficult to not fall in love with this Swedish city. Have a read of Consumed By Wanderlust’s other city guides.
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