Stockholm Highlights & Facts

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Stockholm Highlights & Facts

Stockholm is an amazing Swedish city with 8 centuries of history and culture. Everywhere you look, there’s water. I traveled here a while ago and it was an amazing experience since I had the opportunity to experience all four seasons in 5 days. I arrived on a sunny day and left behind a snowy city. I’m taking the opportunity to write this post because Stockholm will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 this year.

Finding a hotel in the city center tends to be very expensive so we stayed at, STF/IYHF Gardet, a hostel, 3 km far from the city. You basically share a kitchen with the other rooms. It was an option on budget and the location was just great since we could get a bus which takes you directly to the city center.

Below I’ve made a list with things you’ll enjoy doing in the capital of Sweden.

Things To Do in Stockholm

gambla-stan1.Gambla Stan

Gambla Stan, the city centre and its one of the finest medieval cities in Europe. Wander around the streets, enjoy the beautiful buildings, shop from the craft shops, have a coffee in the oldest Stortorge public square and get inside the Stockholm Cathedral. This is the best area to enjoy a nice view of the city.

vasa-museum2.VASA museum

VASA museum is Scandinavia’s most popular museum and the world’s only preserved 17th century ship. This is a unique treasure with a sad history. The Vasa Ship, a large warship which was built to symbolize Sweden’s power. It was so big and heavy that on its maiden voyage in 1628, it sank less than a mile out of dock.
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm
Admission: 130 SEK (around 14 EUR)

fotografiska3.FOTOGRAFISKA

If you love photography then you should visit FOTOGRAFISKA to see the work of international and Swedish photographers. You’ll also see beautiful views of Gambla Stand, Djurgarden and Skeppsholmen.
Opening Hours: Sunday – Wednesday (9am – 11pm) & Thursday – Saturday (9am-1am)
Admission:
120 SEK (around 13 EUR)

4.SKANSEN Open Air Museum

This is the first open-air museum located on the island Djurgården. It displays five centuries of Swedish history.
Opening Hours: Check Website
Admission: Check Website

stockholm-metro5.Stockholm Metro

You should take a tour since all metro stations are full of surprises.  You’ll see paintings, carvings, sculptures and mosaics. Have a look at the Photographs by Luis Rodriguez.

6.Boat Touring

You’ll go under the bridges, through the canals or take a trip out into the Archipelago for spectacular views.

7.Shopping

Östermalm and Norrmalm are the popular areas for shopping. Here you’ll find whatever you are looking for, from high-street stores, Scandinavian food items up to stores for expensive taste. For more shopping shops check Six essential shopping spots in Stockholm 

8.Stockholm Nightlife

Enjoy the Swedish nightlife in Stureplan or Sodermalm areas. Here you find a variety of clubs and bars for every style.

Stockholm

Stockholm Facts

Below I’ve made a list of some interesting facts about Stockholm every visitor needs to know.

  1. The city is built on 14 islands which are connected by 57 bridges
  2. You’ll find more than 70 museums showcasing swidish history.
  3. Currency is Krona (SEK)
  4. The Globe Arena is the largest hemispherical building in the world.
  5. Stockholm is the home of Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine and literature.
  6. The lowest temperature ever measured is -41 °C
  7. The home of the famous stores Ikea and H&M
  8. You can use your card to pay for everything, even for a bottle of water.
  9. There are countless amazing artworks along the stations on the subway.
  10. Smoking is prohibited in most public places, buses, trams, shops, restaurants and bars, and people comply with this rule.

Enjoy some of my photos and if you have any questions or comments please comment in the box below.  Thanks for reading.

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Dora Christofi
I’m Cypriot, with a London touch, experimenting with photography, working in research, love cooking, reading books and wishing to travel the world. I currently live in Limassol, Cyprus and try to travel as much as I can. Visit the [Meet Dora] section for more.

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