The sun is out, the flowers are in full bloom, the weather never more perfect and almost everyone is in a jolly good mood – there has never been a better time to visit Stockholm.
This is that time of the year when folks in Stockholm spruce up the house, clean up the guest rooms, refurbish the furniture, and receive friends from outside the city and even from outside Sweden. Yes, this is the best time to visit Stockholm.
Stockholm is really a unique city, an archipelago, really with 14 large islands. You may spend an entire lifetime here and find that there is still so much the city that you have yet to explore.
There are coffee shops, bars, and restaurants everywhere and it is a very pleasant place to go sightseeing. There are parks and woodlands right at the heart of Stockholm, with one-third of the area covered by water, which makes it one of the healthiest and most biodiverse cities in the world.
So, what to do when you’re in Stockholm? Here’s a look at the top 5 places to visit in Stockholm.
“Stockholm in summer is at its best, You just can’t miss it”
– Meddeline, Stockholm
Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s Old Town. It is a historically significant landmark built in the tradition of North German architecture. Some of the important buildings here include the Stockholm Cathedral, Royal Palace and a restaurant that has been running since 1722, Den Glyden Freden. A large square at the center of Gamla Stan, Stortorget, was once witness to brutal war scenes in the 16th century.
Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Sweden, which receives over 1 million tourists every year. The Vasa was a warship from the 17th century, which was salvaged in 1961 after 300 years spent sunk on the ocean floor. The warship is very well preserved and is, in fact, the only intact ship from that period. You could very well hoist the sails and take the Vasa to war if you wanted to! You will find many wonderful exhibits on Sweden’s great maritime history here.
Skansen Open-Air Museum
Skansen Open-Air Museum is the world’s oldest open air museum and has been around since 1891. You will find a zoo here, with animals that are native to Sweden. There are over 150 farms and traditional buildings at the museum, from different parts of Sweden. An attempt has been made at Skansen to create a miniature Sweden of the 19th-century.buttons.
Sweden’s Royal family maintains a low profile compared to the royals in Great Britain. But they live well, in a lovely palace called the Drottningholm Palace. This 16th-century palace is open to the public. It features some of the loveliest gardens you will find anywhere and a small church built in 1736 amongst other things and is a great place to take your family too.
ABBA The Museum
Remember ABBA? They were an incredibly popular pop group from Sweden and were very active in the 1970s and 1980s. You can see why they were so special at the ABBA Museum in Stockholm, where you will be treated to their greatest songs such as “Knowing me, knowing you,” “Dancing Queen” and more. Plus you can see all of their costumes and other memorabilia.