Stockholm is a beautiful city. I really enjoyed myself here, and I have been to a lot of places by now and that says a lot. I could definitely see myself living in Stockholm. Ok wait, I suppose I should first go visit it in the winter before I really say that. There are also a lot of things to see and do in the city, so it was tough coming up with a list of five things, but regardless here are a good five sites to Visit in Stockholm for First time visitors.
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Address: Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
One of the most incredible museums in the maritime world. The Vasa Museum encloses one of the most beautiful and intact specimens of ships from the 17th Century. The 64 gun warship sunk on it’s maiden voyage in 1628, and was luckily able to be salvaged and preserved. The museum was built to house the ship specifically and you can tell by the shape and layout of the museum. Opened in 1990, the Vasa museum is one of the most visited museums in Sweden.
One of the most beautiful parts of Sweden, Gamla Stan or the Old City, has some of the most beautiful places to see in the city. Be sure to spend time wandering the streets and exploring the old architecture. The Nobel Museum in the heart of Gamla Stan is also worth a visit for those who are interested in the history of the prize.
Gamla Stan is also a great place to shop for souvenirs from Sweden with many of the souvenir shops located in this area.
Skansen Open Air Museum
Skasen is a big open air zoo and museum in Stockholm. It showcases a lot of the traditional buildings and lifestyles of traditional Sweden. It was interesting to see the native animals and to see the different dress and buildings of 19th century living. The one downside is that I wish more of the folks working there were acting in character. It seemed a lot of them were college kids who seemed a bit bored hanging out in the same spot all day.
Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish Royal Family. However, while some of the palace is a private residence, much of the palace is open for tourism. A beautifully made palace and great place to learn the interesting the history of the royal family and the estate. The Palace is also a UNESCO World Heritage site for those trying to visit such sites.
The site is accessible by bus or by boat (which is certainly more fun).
The Stockholm Archipelago consists of some 30,000 islands and islets. It is the largest Archipelago in the country of Sweden (and 2nd largest in the Baltic Sea).
Many of the islands are uninhabited, however exploring it is one of the highlights of a visit to Sweden (and requires a boat). You can also get a great view of the Islands if you are taking a ferry to/from Stockholm (such as if you are heading to Helsinki).
There are lots of lighthouses, camping, hiking, kayaking, and other ways to visit the islands. Adventures are endless.
There are Certainly Far more places to visit in Stockholm Sweden. Do you have any Favorites you would recommend? We’ll try to add those to the next roundup!