Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, and it is the most populous city in the Nordic region. The city, and the larger areas surrounding the city, is made up of small islands. It has a world famous archipelago just outside the city, it is a must see for anyone visiting Stockholm! Here are some other must-sees to consider when planning your visit to Sweden’s beautiful, historic capital.
– The Vasa Museum: This museum is home to the best-preserved shipwreck in the world. The ship on display sunk in 1627, just after setting sail, and was recovered in 1961 in almost perfect condition. The museum offers insight into the purpose of the ship, how it was found, and how it was recovered.
-Djurgarden: This is a large island just east of Gamla Stan. It is home to many museums, such as the Vasa museum, and Skansen. It also hosts a small amusement park. Some people also call this island home. If you have a free day, explore everything this island has to offer, it is like a small oasis in the bustling metropolis of Stockholm.
-Archipelago: As mentioned in the introduction, the archipelago is not to be missed. You can take a short or long boat tour of the archipelago, and stop on small islands to explore. They have parks to bike around and hike, you can stop off of one of the many fishing ports and try to catch some dinner. There is an activity for everyone. Extend your trip overnight in one of themany Bed and Breakfasts.
-Gamla Stan: This is the oldest part of the city, it used to be the main part where all of the politics were dealt with. The streets are lined with cobblestones; the buildings feature that old European architecture, tons of little shops and restaurants, and incredible views of other parts of the city like Sodermalm and Djurgarden. Gamla Stan has become a little touristy, but it has not become too touristy like other capitals in Europe. During Christmas, there are a lot of Christmas markets with hand made trinkets.
-Skansen: This is the world’s first open-air museum, founded back in 1891. Here you can get a real sense of just how vast Swedish history is, with exhibits spanning over five centuries. During the summer, there are traditional Swedish performances in the evening. Along with anthropological items, there are also exhibits on the animals of Sweden, complete with a children’s petting zoo. Also, during the major holidays, there are special events you should not miss.