I read somewhere that variety is the spice in life and believe me 24 hours in Stockholm will cover most of it
The Venice of the Nordics, that is the nickname for Stockholm. The city is built on more than 10 islands and water is something you always will find where ever you go in the city.
Stockholm has been a very popular destination for many years and it is not just the bright and ling summer days that attracts people to the city. A lot come and visit during the more colder and darker winter period as well, combining the visit with a tour to the Ice Hotel in the north.
The Archipelago is one if a kind
As Stockohlm is surrounded of water a lot of the main attractions are done on water. The Archipelago is one of the largest in the world so of course a visit to the many islands is a must. You can also take a boat to the Royal Palace of Drottningholm, the residence of the Swedish King and Queen.
The boat ride takes about an hour and passes by beatuful wooden houses, built by merchants at the turn of the century. The closest islands to city Stockohlm is the islands of Fjaderholmarna, just 30 minutes away. A popular destination for a shorter trip, eat som nice smoked fish and just stroll around the islands.
In the middle of the city lies the Royal Djurgården, owned by the King of Sweden. A big garden island with nice walking pathes, restaurants, hotels and the Tivoli Grönalund. One nice thing about Sweden is that you can walk in nature as you like, even if it is a private owner. But remember you can’t walk in to a private garden of a house. It is very nice to both walk and bike in Djurgåden and there is plenty to see and do here.
Some of the main attractions here are:
- The Vasa Museum
- ABBA the museum
- Grönalund (fun fair)
- Rosenlunds garden and coffee house
- Junibacken, a fun visit for younger kids with the characters from author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking)
- The Nordic Museum
- The Viking Museum
- The Alcohol Museum (Spritmuseet)
See Stockholm from a Scooter
Another fun way to discover the city is riding on a scooter. The city has many brands to choose from. One of the scooters is VOI, a Swedish company. You can donwload the app here, and be riding in a few minutes.
All you need to to is create an account and add a credit card, scan a scooter and off you go.
You can cover more of the city on a scooter. Remember though that you can not ride the scooter in Old town, but on the bike paths next to Old town. If you decide to ride a scooter, take the time and bike up to Södermalm, the largest island in Stockholm.
Södermalm, home for 120 K
Södermalm, or Söder is home for over 120 000 inhabitants. It is hard to understand that this part of Stockholm was rural countryside for a long time. Late in to 1900’s the islands started to transform. Back in the days (1700’s) the whole city got its fresh water from this island and you needed a permit from the king to go fishing in the fresh water lake.
Today it is a very trendy place to be with plenty of good bars and restaurants and shops. Söder also has its own SOFO (South of Folkungagatan) where you’ll find small designer shops, special stores for expensive sneakers and good eats.
Well this has just been a short blog about the city. Come visiting in the summertime and experience the midnight sun. You’ll be suprised to see that it is still light out at 11 PM.