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First Timers Guide to Stockholm

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

When people think of an island city, their mind immediately goes to the Caribbean or an island nation. However, this week we are diving into a city made up of 14 islands and more than 50 bridges, and has the nickname "Venice of the North." Can you guess what it is? We are diving straight into Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm is home to so many museums, beautiful architecture, fantastic food, and unique attractions. This is your first-timers' guide to Stockholm.

Stortorget square in Old Town (Gamla Stan) in Stockholm, Sweeden
Stortorget square in Old Town (Gamla Stan)

Walk the Streets

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in Scandinavia and has all of the charms that you would expect. There are some spots that are a must-see on the collection of islands. One of the most traveled to is Gamla Stan, which means Old Town. Here you can stroll the narrow streets, wind through adorable cafes and historical restaurants. Taking in Old Town is like traveling back in time to the founding of the beautiful city. Aside from the historic Old Town, visiting Monteliusvagen is a great way to see traditional homes and beautiful countryside. You'll be able to take magnificent photos of Lake Malaren. This is my favorite place to get the best sunset picture in all of Stockholm.

Vasa Museum, Stockholm Sweeden
Vasa Museum

Explore the Museums

As a city full of museums, Stockholm has many you can't pass up. My favorite is the Skansen. It is a beautiful open-air museum that dives into the natural history of Sweden. You'll experience firsthand how Swedes lived, see the animals that helped them survive, and be completely immersed in history. Another great museum is The Vasa Museum. It pays homage to the seafaring ways of the Nordic culture. The museum is named after a ship that capsized in Stockholm and houses one of the best-preserved ships from the 17th century. At the museum, you can see several exhibits about the Vasa, life during the 17th century, and everything it took to turn this sunken ship into the treasure it is today.

Royal Palace Drottningholm, Stockholm, Sweeden
Royal Palace Drottningholm

Visit Royalty

Sweden had a rich history with the monarchy, which has created fantastic architecture in the form of royal places. Visiting Stockholm's Royal Palace is one of the most awe-inspiring things that I've ever seen. It is still home to the royal family, three different museums, and the royal apartments. This royal palace is perfect for history lovers and royal lovers. Another can't miss palace is the Royal Palace Drottningholm. It is the 17th century home of the Swedish royal family. It is a great escape back to the green royal gardens. In addition to the greenery, you can tour the most well-preserved theaters in Europe.

Gröna Lund Amusement Park in Stockholm, Sweden
Gröna Lund Amusement Park

Pop Culture

When you are ready to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city head to the Djurgarden. On the island, you can take a bike ride around beautiful parks. In addition to the garden, there is a large collection of museums from biological to water. The island's highlight is the ABBA museum, where music lovers can experience wax figures of the member's band, a self-playing piano linked to Benny's piano that plays when he does. After the museums, I recommend stopping at an amusement park that the locals love. There you can take a spin around on the carousel, ride through the tunnel of love or soar high on Nyckelpigan. They are also known for their concerts at Stockholm's Royal Palace. The famous bands that have performed there include Bob Marley, ABBA, and Sting

If it is for a cruise stop or a full week, this city will not disappoint. Traveling to Stockholm is a must-do trip, and there is so much to do and see. We can work together to plan your perfect trip to the Venice of the North. Schedule your online consultation with me for your perfect trip.

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