Stockholm

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but what with exams and school taking up 99% of my time I haven’t had a chance! So, without further ado, here is my very belated post all about my adventures in Stockholm last summer.

It was my first time in Scandinavia (I know!!) but I have been wanting to go for so long and I finally managed to convince my parents that a short trip to Stockholm was a good idea. For those of you who haven’t been to the gorgeous city, here is a quick overview:

  • The city is split into 14 different islands, for example Stadsholmen/Gamla Stan (the Old Town) or Djurgården (similar to a giant park).
  • It has a fantastic balance of old and new; the old town was where Stockholm was founded in 1252 and yet the newer areas of the city are Sweden’s economic and political centre.
  • It boasts 100 museums which attract millions of visitors annually, including world-renowned collections of art, photography and artefacts that can be found in Moderna Museet, the Vasa Museet or Photografiska.
  • Gamla Stan is home to Kunglia Slottet – The Royal Palace, where Sweden’s royal family officially live

 

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One of the many winding, cobbled streets in Gamla Stan
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Afternoon wanderers sheltered under the Chestnut tree at Brända Tomten square
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Classical Scandinavian architecture in the evening light at the heart of Gamla Stan – Stortorget
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Local produce at one of Normalm’s bright and bustling markets
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Radhuset – The ivy clad Town Hall by the water
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The view across to Södermalm and Gamla Stan

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Tourists queueing to see the daily changing of the guards at the royal palace, a must-see despite the crowds!
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Striking panoramic views from Monteliusvägen

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If you a looking for something unmistakably Swedish then head for Skansen. As Sweden’s first open air museum, designed to recreate what Stockholm looked like originally, it is a fantastic place to explore. Why not buy some traditional Swedish buns from the bakery or watch glass being blown in the glassworks?

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Couldn’t resist sharing the photo of this little guy at Skansen Zoo 🙂

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Standing by the magnificent lawns and fountains that surround the palace

Now for perhaps my favourite part of the whole trip… Stockholm Archipelago! Since the area around the city is also split into lots of islands, you can get a ferry from the city of you need a break from the hustle and bustle. If you are really committed then you can island hop for a few days but since we were pushed for time, we explored one of the closest islands: Fjäderholmarna. It was bliss. Although we only stayed for just over an hour, it was enough time to venture undisturbed through the forest, have a look at the glass blowing house and dip ours toes into the water (which was still very, very cold even though it was August).

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Looking out from amongst the fragrant pines to the tranquil water and surrounding islands

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Traditional red cabins by the water’s edge

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Although I was really sad to go, 4 days was just enough to see the city’s main sites. If you haven’t already, why not visit Stockholm? I trust you won’t be disappointed.

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The fashionable and contemporary streets of Normalm

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So, have you been to Stockholm? Planning a visit? I’d love to go back there right now, it would be a nice change from GCSE’s! 😉

Please leave any thoughts or questions you have in the comments.

 

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