Artikel-Schlagworte: „Stockholm“

Stockholm – The city of Islands

Stockholm is often considered as a pearl of Scandinavian countries. This city was built on 14 islands which are connected by 57 bridges. The Royal National City Park was the first National City Park in the wold. Nowadays this green space breathes for the city and makes it a place where people can relax. Beside that the city offers a lot of world-class museums and attractions.

While doing your tour, you should visit Stockholm city Hall, climb the tower for a fantastic view of the city. Do not miss Gamla Stan, the oldest attraction and the best medieval city centre in the world. Go for a walk through the small winding streets lined with stores which are full handcrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés. You can also find Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral here.

The Vasa Museum is famous and the only preserved 17th century ship in the world which is a unique art treasure because more than 95% of the ship is original. The ship is 69 meters long and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures.

However, the best sightseeing can be done from the water. There are a lot of tours that can be done on the ground of your interest. Under the Bridges of Stockholm, Royal Canal Tour and the early good Morning Stockholm Tour focus on central part of the city. Hop On Hop Off is a flexible way to see the city from the water. However, this one can be combined with a bus as well.

Sights in Stockholm

Stockholm has already 750 year long history and rich cultural life. This city offers a wide selection of museums and attractions. Most of these attractions can be reached on foot, so you can easily experience many things in a really short time.
One of the most famous silhouettes of the city, is the City hall which is one of the country´s leading examples of national romanticism in architecture at the same time. It was built in 1923 with using eight million bricks. The 106 meter tall tower has the three crowns that is the Swedish national coat or arms. The City hall is open to the public only through guided tours which are held daily at certain hours and you can enjoy them in Swedish or English language. During the same time you can also climb up inside the tower and enjoy the fantastic view over the city.
The Royal Palace is one of the largest palaces in Europe. It is the official residence of His Majesty. It has more than 600 rooms. The Palace is open to the public and offers fine museums. The most of the palace was built in 18th century. You can visit the reception rooms; see the Queen´s silver throne and Halls of the Orders of Chivalry. It also contains the Armoury with royal costume and armour as well as coronation carriages and magnificent coaches from Royal Stable.
The Vasa Museum is the only preserved 17th century ship in the world, so it is a unique art treasure at the same time. More than 95 percent of the ship is original. The whole ship is 69 meters long decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. It sank in 1628 in the middle of Stockholm during its maiden voyage.
Gamla Stan is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centres in Europe. It was founded in 1252. All of Gamla stan is like a living pedestrian- friendly museum which is full of sights, restaurants, attractions, cafés, bars and places where you can go shopping. The narrow cobbled winding streets are full of buildings in so many different shades of gold and give this place a really unique character. During the snowy winter days you feel it like being in a story book when you are here.

What Stockholm has to offer

Stockholm is one of the Swedish cultural, media, political and economic centres. The strategic position on 14 islands has always been important. The weather is mostly cold although the summer temperatures can be around 20-25°C. Besides being the Sweden´s capital, Stockholm is a home for many cultural institutions. There are two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Royal Palace Drottningholm and the Skogskyrkogarden.
Stockholm can be easily reached by air. The biggest airport is the Stockholm-Arlanda airport. This airport has been accredited as the world´s most climate-friendly airport. However, the closest airport to the capital is the Stockholm-Bromma Airport. This one serves mostly the domestic flights. All the airports can be easily reached by airport busses or trains. Have in mind that the buses are cheaper while the trains are faster.
The capital of Sweden can be also reached by boat. You can be sure that sailing past many of the Stockholm archipelago´s islands is an unforgettable experience. There are a lot of harbours where your boat can be anchored when arriving.
Travelling by local ferries is then a fantastic way to experience the city which was built on islands. Ferries are used by the locals as well as tourists who want to take better look around.
Beside water around, Stockholm is a really green city. There are 26 city parks from which the most popular ones are: Hagaparken with forest, lakes and ponds, Ralambshovsparken with lakeside grass beach and fields, Vita Bergen with hilly picnic park and the huge Toyal National City Park, which is the world´s first national city park, that is known as the Ecopark where you can spot heron, roe deer and foxes, right in the city.
There are a lot of winter actions which can be done in winter here. The most popular spread is skating that is done on the frozen Norrviken Lake and the great lake Malaren which surrounds the cities’ islands. Much more impressive is to skate on the archipelago waters. Furthermore Nordic or cross country skiing is also a major activity done in parks and forests as well as frozen waters.