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What to Do in Stockholm, Sweden

How to See Stockholm, Sweden in the Best Way

Stockholm, Sweden is a very special place, with the laid-back people, history and intricate island arrangement; it can be described as a visually stunning spot to be.  When you visualize anywhere in Scandinavia you’ll likely remain concerned about the weather.  Vacation season, which runs into September, has high temperatures of up to 70 degrees F. and lows in the 50s, plus the added benefit of very extended days of sunlight.  Winter of course will get rather cold, with temperatures typically in the 20s F.

To essentially appreciate most of Stockholm, it’s best to visit there during the summer and initially acquaint yourself with the city with a boat trip, which could take two hours.  The city is built on 14 island tactically situated between the massive Lake Malaren and the Baltic Sea.  The last half in the 20th century saw Stockholm develop into a contemporary, technologically innovative city, as modern architecture began to spring up.  But places like Gamla Stan, Sodermalm and Ostermalm luckily for us retained their historic ambiance by surviving the restoration.

The Heart of Stockholm is Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan is the historical, geographical as well as cultural center of Stockholm.  Stockholm started as a settlement in 1252, and this island in the hub of the metropolis is still fascinating with the cobblestone streets meandering through beautiful churches, museums, restaurants and bars.  The Nobel Museum is here, and check out the Stockholm Cathedral and Royal Palace, where there is a daily changing with the guard attracting plenty of people but can get a bit long and drawn out.

Gamla Stan is actually a lot of fun, and extremely interesting.  You can see a whole lot of this island just by walking, and I’d recommend employing a tour guide to do a two-hour walking tour.  We were there in July, and while there was a lot of rainfall, other than that it was quite comfortable.  But I’ve been told that as the snow falls during the winter the capital will take on a story-book feeling.

Stockholm is a great walking city, however if you want to explore out further their metro, known as the Tunnelbana (T-Bana) is actually one of the finest in Europe.  Their 66 miles allow it to be one in the longest networks in Europe.  For a 3-day pass you’ll be able to acquire a travel card for the entire public transport in greater Stockholm for roughly $23.  Getting around to the numerous bigger islands within the archipelago may be accomplished year-round (winter ice conditions permitting), and several taxi boat providers are available.

In the event you are going to cruise the Baltic, a cruise I’d very much suggest, you’ll likely launch or end in Stockholm.  I think you are going to be pleased if you plan to spend a few days on one side of the trip in Stockholm.  It is truly a fascinating city.

Stockholm from Gino Maccanti on Vimeo.

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