The cultural, economic, and political capital of Sweden, Stockholm is spread across 14 islands which are connected to each other by 57 bridges. Located at the confluence of Lake Malaren and the Baltic Sea, this city has been an important Baltic trading site for a long time. This city is appealing to many tourists because of its charming setting with elaborate waterways that encompass the city and the cliffs that rear up from the sea. It is regarded as one of the most exciting and dynamic European capitals, and each neighborhood here has its own distinctive character.
When you are on a Stockholm city break, explore the history of this place by visiting the grand palaces, public parks, magnificent medieval old town, ancient churches, and numerous museums. The three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Woodland Cemetery, Drottningholm, and Birka, are all located in this city.
Usually referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’, this city has an excellent public transport system. The Tunnelbana (T-bana) is a very well developed underground rail system, which will take you to any part of this city. The bus network here is exceptionally efficient and fills the gap, if any, between your destinations. One of the best ways to explore this beautiful city is on foot, or you can also choose to take advantage of the network of bicycle lanes. As you can clearly see, getting around the city on your Stockholm city break is not a daunting task at all.
There are over a hundred attractions to see and a never-ending list of things to do when you are on a Stockholm city break. To make your job easier, here is a list of top ten incredible things to do when you visit this historical city.
If you want to see a living and breathing museum on your Stockholm city break, then you must stroll through the Gamla Stan or Old Town. There is no better neighborhood to start your exploration of this city because this is where life began in Stockholm in the 13th Century. This place is jam-packed with several must-see attractions, authentic restaurants, cafes, and boutique shops. When you wander through tiny winding streets, it will seem like you are trying to navigate a labyrinth. Being here also feels like you have traveled back in time to the medieval ages because of the ancient frescoes and enigmatic vaults that are lurking behind scenic facades. The attractions that you must visit when you are meandering through this neighborhood include the Nobel Museum, the Stockholm Cathedral, and the Royal Palace. If you have some spare time, view the changing of the guard ceremony at the Palace; it will be worth the wait. If you want to experience what living a fairytale feels like, visit the Old Town during winter and you will be treated to the spectacular Julmarknad which is a Christmas Market. Include this place on your itinerary, if you truly want to understand this city’s culture on your Stockholm city break.
Did you know that Swedes have about 4.5 cups of coffee every day? In fact, it has now become a Swedish pastime to get a coffee fix along with something sweet, this is what is what they have termed as ‘fika’. Visit the Drop Coffee Roasters which has been rated as the third-best coffee shop in the world to get a coffee fix. The main focus of this roastery is on sustainably grown and traded coffee. If you are a coffee snob and love tasting coffees from different regions around the world such as Rwanda and Nyeri, a visit to this place is a must on your Stockholm city break. Some of the other coffee houses that you can visit to get indulge in fika include Hermans Tradgarde, Lisas Café & Hembageri, and Malarpaviljongen.
No, this is not a joke. Stockholm is one of the few major cities that offers clean and swimmable waters. During your Stockholm city break, take some time to visit the family-friendly beach at Smedsuddsbadet located on the Kungsholmen Island.
No visit to the city of Stockholm is complete without a visit to ABBA the Museum to experience the most popular Swedish pop group of the 1970s. When you visit this museum you will be transported back in time to 1970s so that you can shake a leg, sing along with the holograms of ABBA, as well as check out what you would look like in a digital version of their costumes. What’s more, you have an option of recording all that you do at this interactive museum. So if you want to be a ‘Dancing Queen’ on your Stockholm city break, include this museum in your itinerary.
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