As you may remember I wrote a post about an upcoming trip to Stockholm a few weeks ago. Well I thought I would write a follow up piece to let you guys know what I got up to.
Stockholm is a truly beautiful city, I found myself thinking that I could quite happily live there. Well I could if I had a job that paid well enough.
I know a lot of people talk about how expensive it is but it is, at times, quite jaw droppingly expensive. But I will not dwell on that as I had an ace time but if you are planning to take a trip there make sure that you have a bit of money saved up in-case you fancy doing something a bit flashy.
I think the stand out memory from the trip would have to be the Vasamuseet. The museum is dedicated to a massive ship that was built by the Swedes and then only sailed for around ten minutes before sinking. It lay at the bottom of the ocean for over 300 years before it was raised up and painstakingly put back together.
This museum is incredible, the sheer scale of the ship is mind blowing and the amount of detail that went into every aspect of the ship is breathtaking. I would recommend checking out the film that they show, it shows how they brought it back from the depths of the sea. The museum was around £10 to get in but was totally worth it, there is a cafe and a gift shop but as mentioned before these are fairly pricey.
There was a lot of walking being done as I think that this is the best way to truly see any city that you visit. The public transport is great though with the subway system running on time and very regularly.
We walked all over the city, one of my favourite areas that we passed through was the old part of the city called Gamla Stan. This area is all narrow cobbled streets with lots of cafes, bars and shops. It is pretty touristy but you can spend ages wandering around looking at the buildings and taking it all in.
The Royal palace and town hall are also located here but we decided not to visit them. We did however manage to find Olle who is only 15cm tall and made of steel and behind the Finnish church.
Someone had even taken the time to make him a scarf, it was a little bit chilly out of the sun. I left a nominal donation and wandered on to see what else the city had to offer.
Photographic Museum and Modern Art Gallery
We went to a couple of other museums on the trip, the photographic museum was a bit of a let down as we had just missed a fairly large exhibition so one of the floors was closed. This did mean that we got a discounted entry but the other exhibition that was on didn’t really appeal so make sure that there is something that you want to see before heading along.
It was the same story at the modern art gallery as two of the large rooms were closed in preparation for a new exhibition on Swedish modern art from the 1930′s. Again, it was a discounted entry but the range was fairly small without the two main rooms being open, perhaps next time both will be open.
And a little tip, most of the galleries around the modern art gallery are closed on a Monday, I did look into opening times but must have missed that small detail.
One of the most surprisingly enjoyable trips that we went on was to the aquarium. It is fairly small but has a pretty amazing range of animals I would recommend if you were at a loose end then head along.
As with most things in Stockholm food is fairly pricey so packing a lunch if you are going to be out roaming for the day is a good idea.
There are plenty of cafes and sandwhich places where you can grab a bite but if you are going to get something I would recommend picking up a Tunnsbrodsrulle – it’s a hotdog and mashed potato wrap and is delicious. It’s also pretty cheap and will fill you up.
Overall Stockholm is an amazing city, with stunning architecture and very friendly people. For a short break it’s perfect there’s tonnes to do and the city is fairly walkable.
If you were planning to stay for a longer period of time I would advise making sure that your credit card is at the ready. I can’t wait to go back already.
Have you ever been to Stockholm? What were your highlights when you visited? Please let us know in the comments section.