What to Do? 2 Days in Stockholm
Stockholm, Capital of Sweden – the largest of the Scandinavian capitals with the tourist slogan “The Capital of Scandinavia.” Although this slogan tends to make other Scandinavian people annoyed… I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in this capital city and enjoyed the crisp fall air, the lovely friendliness of the people and the garlic shots. Here are our suggestions of the top things to do if you only have a short amount of time in this idyllic archipelago.
- Drottningholm Palace – Take a half day trip to Drottningholm and experience a historic milieu of the highest standard. Drottningholm Palace is Sweden’s best preserved royal palace constructed in the seventeenth century, the permanent residence of the royal family and one of Stockholm’s three World Heritage Sites. Go there by boat and see some of the amazing archipelago that Stockholm is known for. Also make sure you take a stroll around the gardens and see the Chinese Pavilion. Entrance 130 SEK.
- Gamla stan – the Old Town, is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252. All of Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen are like a living pedestrian-friendly museum full of sights, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars and places to shop. You can easily spend a few days in this part of the city, so many side streets to explore, places to shop, eat, random sculptures to view. The Nobel Museum and the Royal Palace are also located here.
- The Vasa Museum – the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world, and a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628, and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961. For nearly half a century the ship has been slowly, deliberately and painstakingly restored to a state approaching its original glory. What an incredible site to see, the ship was huge and its amazing how well it has been restored, like they could take it right out of the museum and sail it away tomorrow. This museum is also located in an area of the city where there are many other museums, such as; the Nordiska museet (Swedish cultural history), the Spritmuseum (history and culture of alcohol in Sweden), the Aquaria Vattenmuseum (with tropical fish and sharks), the ABBA The Museum.
- Gamla stan – Gamla Stan is also popular with aficionados of handicrafts, curios and souvenirs.
- IKEA – Kungens Kurva in Skärholmen, south of Stockholm, is the home of the largest IKEA store in the world, which opened in 1965.
- Gamla stan – tons of cafes, restaurants, bars, nightclubs – anything and everything can be found in Stockholm’s Old Towne
- Aifur – this was an amazing “viking” dinner experience. The atmosphere is set to be in an old viking hall, you sit at a table with many others and can converse with the others if you choose. Our dinner companions were a Swedish couple, and a British father and son. They also make their own mead… that was interesting to say the least, I am not a big beer fan, but my dinner companion loved it. I had the Varangian’s roasted dwarf chicken and my companion had the Lamb racks Dereson, both plates were to die for. I highly recommend this spot as a great evening of entertainment and also delectable food.
- Zum Franziskaner – one of the oldest restaurants in the world, established in 1421. Unfortunately, I was not all that hungry at this point, but I did manage to have an Irish Coffee, while my companion had Råraka (Hash brown with amsroe, red onion & créme fraiche) – I tried it, and I thought it was pretty good.
- Garlic & Shots – Just like its called.. whoever though you could mix garlic with alcohol?? Well since I love garlic, I had to check out this spot, so we tried – Garlic Honey Vodka, Garlic Honey Dark Rum, Garlic Martini Shooter.. and just to round out the evening I tried a Shitting Monkey beer. We weren’t there early enough for food, but on a return to Stockholm, I will defiantly make sure I get there.