Dramatically situated at a point where the Baltic Sea and the waters of Lake Malaren collide, the city has been splendidly endowed by nature. You might be surprised to learn that the city is spread over 14 islands that are connected by at least 40 bridges. Many have described Stockholm as ‘the city that floats on water’. It truly is a city that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.
In addition to its beauty, there are loads of things to do during your visit to Stockholm:
- One of the first things we recommend doing upon your arrival is to take a boat tour of the city. Look for one that takes in both the Baltic Sea and Lake Malaren sides of Stockholm. Another alternative is to take a bus tour, but the boat tour is far more interesting and beautiful.
- Another great way to see the city is to go to the viewing platform of the huge TV tower, which gives you a bird’s eye view of Stockholm.
- Likely, you will spend much of your visit in the New Stockholm, the city’s northern sector. Here is where the major banking, shopping, and entertainment facilities are located. You’ll also find loads of hotels and restaurants too.
- In the new city center, which has been largely rebuilt over the past few years, you will find Sergels Torg, the focal point. It is easily recognizable by two landmarks, a gigantic glass obelisk rising from a fountain right in the middle of a very buy traffic circle, and the great glass fronted Kulturhuset, which attracts thousands of visitors daily. You might also want to visit the Municipal Theatre, which is located in this area as well.
- Be sure to take time to visit Stockholm’s liveliest park, Kungstradgarden (Royal Gardens) that runs from Hamngatan down to the waters of Strommen. This park is a wonderful opportunity to watch the locals and visitors. You’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafes as well as an outdoor stage providing excellent entertainment in the summer months.
- Another necessity during your visit is a trip to Hallwylska, a mansion completed in 1898 housing an impressive collection in 70 perfectly preserved rooms. Expect to see china figurines, Flemish and Dutch paintings, antique furniture, and other art objects. The mansion became a museum upon the death of the owner in 1930, and has remained exactly the same since the family lived there.
- Another must is a visit to Gamla Stan, the high island now known as the Old Town. Stockholm’s history is concentrated here and you will love the cobbled lanes, winding alleys, house mansions, palaces and fascinating history.
- Try to make the changing of the guard at Royal Palace as well during your visit. This is a favorite attraction complete with a military band that marches through the city.
There really is no shortage of things to see and do in this picturesque city. You could literally spend days just beholding its beauty. We hope you get an opportunity to visit this lovely city filled with history, culture and wonderful people.