Thursday, March 15, 2012

Discover: Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden, is one of those beautiful cities that everyone wants to see at least once in their lifetime.  Comprised of 14 islands, it might seem daunting at first, but what if you only had a few days to visit?  Here are some of the unforgettable sights to see as we discover Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Gamla Stan - the Old Town section of Stockholm, Gamla Stan is comprised of 3 islands where you'll find the cobblestone streets lined with unique shops, restaurants, and cafes.  Don't miss the Stockholm Cathedral, the Royal Palace & the Changing of the Guard (12:15 p.m. daily except Sunday), Stortorget (the largest square in Gamla Stan), and the Nobel Museum 
  • Sodermalm - take the 1883 Katarinahissen lift to enjoy the amazing views and best priced lunch around at Gondolen
  • City Hall - take advantage of the views from high atop the City Hall Tower or marvel at the Blue Hall (where the annual Nobel Prize banquet takes place) or the Golden Hall with over 18 million pieces of glass and gold.  
  • Stadhusbron - located next to City Hall, take the one-hour ride aboard the 1909 SS Drottningholm to Drottninghol Palace where the Royal Family has lived since 1981
  • The Ice Bar - no trip to Stockholm can be complete without a visit to the world's first permanent Ice Bar at the Nordic Sea Hotel where you can enjoy a Absolut cocktail served in an ice glass.   Dating back to 1722, enjoy dinner at Den Glydene Freden in Gamla Stan
  • Vasa Museum - while Stockholm is home to more than 70 museums, Vasa Museum is the most impressive - don't miss seeing an original wooden ship dating back to 1628
  • Rent a Bicycle & Explore Royal Djurgarden - this huge park encompasses trails, forests, horse pastures, and the gardens of Rosendal Palace.  Grab a picnic lunch and enjoy as the locals do, underneath the shade of the orchard trees.
  • Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern - just cross the ferry landing at Nybroplan, this is the birthplace of such famous actresses as Ingmar Bergman and Greta Garbo
  • Ostermalms Saluhall - since 1888, this inviting market has been providing the city of Stockholm with upscale culinary delights including fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.  As you leave Saluhall, check out the luxury shopping along Bibilioteksgatan street and Sweden's biggest department store, NK
For more information, see VisitSweden.

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Stockholm - Gamla Stan by roger4336



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