Stockholm consists of various small islands that are all connected by bridges. That is also why it is often called the ‘Venice of the North’. Enjoy the charming atmosphere and admire the lovely sights in Stockholm.
Gamla Stan is the old city centre of Stockholm. It literally means ‘old city’. You can imagine yourself in the Middle Ages as you wander through the picturesque little streets. The old centre is largely car-free and is full of museums, antique boutiques and cafés. If you want to learn all about the history of Gamla Stan during your citytrip in Stockholm, then hire a tour guide who can tell you all about it and take you to places other tourists don’t know about.
You will find the lovely Royal Palace, one of Stockholm’s most beautiful sights, in the middle of Gamla Stan. The palace has over 600 rooms, making it one of Europe’s largest palaces. Built in Baroque-style, it is still inhabited by the royal family of Sweden. There is also a daily changing of the guard. You wouldn’t want to miss that!
In the free Vasa Museum you can see the shipwreck of 17th century warship the Vasa that sunk on its maiden voyage. The ship was excavated by archaeologists 300 years later and the museum was opened in 1990. The museum takes you on a tour of the entire history of the ship and the life of the crew. It is very interesting and certainly worth walking round with the children.
Art lovers will also have plenty to keep them occupied. The ‘Modern Museet’ has a large art collection of no less than 130,000 works of art from the 20th and 21st century. It has the best collection of modern art in all of Switzerland. A nice tip: the museum restaurant has excellent reviews. And on top of that, you have a great view of the Djurgården and Östermalm from the restaurant.
Skansen is the world’s very first open air museum. It opened in 1891! There you can view over 150 houses and farms, which are inhabited by the staff who wear traditional clothing. This miniature Sweden also has old shops and studios. There is even a zoo! Many traditional Swedish holidays are celebrated in Skansen, such as the midsummer festival.