Sweden’s capital is a city filled with wonder, from its 14 islands to its 700-year history. There is excitement, beauty and a lot to see, do and learn. Nearly every Swede speaks impeccable English, so language will not be a barrier to your enjoyment. Choice Hotels in Stockholm have helpful, friendly staff always happy to make recommendations or even teach you a phrase or two! If you like the outdoors, then Swedish life is for you: 30 percent of the city is comprised of waterways, with another 30 percent being green spaces. Attractions to keep you busy outside of your hotel room, include:
Home to one of the best-preserved shipwrecks in the world, the Vasa Museum will not fail to enchant anyone who enjoys the mystery and mystique of the past. Vasa—a military ship built to carry 64 guns and 300 soldiers—sank on its maiden voyage in 1623 in Stockholm. The ship was raised in 1961 and is impressive and beautiful now that it is on dry land.
The Vasa Museum is located in the Djurgården, an island in central Stockholm (it used to be the king’s deer park) where you should plan to spend at least a day or two. Here you will find monuments, historical buildings, several museums (including one that is open-air), galleries, an amusement park, boat slips, forests and meadows.
While you are on the Djurgården, be sure to visit Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, the most popular art museum in Sweden. The complex includes “the mansion,” a castle-like building, along with a gallery building, the original manor (called the Old House) and a 1780s linseed mill.
For something completely different, head over to Stockholm Old Town, where a maze of narrow intriguing cobbled streets will lead you on a wonderful walking tour. Check out the Nobel Museum, the cathedral (with its spectacular organ), the royal palace and the plethora of shops and restaurants, then head down to the quayside to see the ships.
Sculptor Carl Milles and his new bride, artist Olga Milles, bought the Millesgården property in 1906 as a home and studio space and continued to expand it over the next few decades. It includes a sculpture garden that is a Nordic/Mediterranean hybrid, expressing Milles’ love of his homeland as well as of the warmth and beauty of Italy. Milles integrated columns from Gustav the Third's opera house, a marble arch entrance from Stockholm's demolished Hotel Rydberg and a steep stone cliff site with stairways and terraces, so what you will be seeing is eclectic, to say the least.
If you have ever wondered where the Nobel Prize banquet takes place, you will wonder no more when you visit Stockholm City Hall. In addition to that banquet and the ordinary business of running a city, the building also is home to the largest pipe organ in Scandinavia. Guided tours are the only way you may visit. Be sure not to miss the upside-down ship in the painted rafters of the city council chamber!
Swedes love to spend time outdoors, and so will you as you explore this city of many islands, parks, bicycle and walking paths and outdoor cafés. Stay at one of the Stockholm hotels listed below for easy access to everything you want to see and do in Sweden’s beautiful and exciting capital city.
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