Stockholm lies on a number of islands and peninsulas at the outflow of Lake Malar into the Baltic. The Swedish capital is filled with medieval buildings, innovative contemporary architecture, world-class museums, theaters, galleries and the Noble Institute.After a long day of sight seeing you can take a ferry to the picturesque Gamla Stanor or take a leisurely stroll among the relaxing grounds of the lush Djurgården Park Island. Stockholm is one of Europe’s healthiest cities and a great place in which to spend time.
TOP 8 PLACES TO VISIT
The 18th century palace with more than 600 room on seven floors is Europe’s largest. It is the official residence of the Swedish Royal family, though it is only used for official ceremonies and is open to the public. It also houses the royal family’s work space, halls for state functions and the Royal Court of Sweden. You will also find the Treasury, a museum of antiquities and the Kroner Museum, named for an earlier medieval palace.
As Sweden’s biggest museum of technology, it is devoted to allowing both kids and adults see, feel, touch and understand technology through interactive exhibitions. This museum is good fun and very informative and offer everything from space and energy to the environment and the digital world coming under the microscope.
It has been acknowledged as one of the world's premier contemporary photography museums. The museum host an electric mix of exhibitions throughout the year. You can also visit the book, souvenir store and restaurant on the top floor where you can see spectacular views over the city.
Housing one of Europe’s foremost collections of art from the 20th century to today, featuring works by artists including Picasso, Dali, Derkert, and Matisse. The museum exhibits everything from modern classics to contemporary art. The building was designed by Rafael Moneo, a Spanish architect and is situated on the Skeppshomen Island. The museum offers world-class temporary exhibitions, a children's workshop, a shop, a library, and a pleasant restaurant with beautiful views.
5.SKY VIEW – THE GLOBE
The world’s largest spherical building 130 meter above sea level is situated on the southern fringe of Stockholm. SkyView (Ericsson Glove) is one of Stockholm’s modern landmarks and over a view over the entire city. Tours aboard the gondolas take about 30 minutes and depart every ten minutes. After the trip, sightseers can visit the restaurant and souvenir shop.
6.SKANSEN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM
Situated on the island of Djurgarden, the museum is the oldest open-air museum in the world. Not only can you visit the wonderful Stockholm Zoo, but visitor will be treated to an authentic taste of Sweden as it once was. More than 150 different buildings such as manor houses, a bakery, the Seglortimber church, a pottery and houses were collected from all around the country and reassembled here. The zoo are home to moose, bears, lynxes, wolves, and seals as well as the delightful children's zoo.
As the only preserved 17th century ship in the world, the most visited museum is a unique art treasure. More than 95% of the ship is original and decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. The 69 meter-long warship sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvage 333 years later in 1961.The three masts on the roof outside the specially built museum show the height of the ship's original masts. To tell you about life on board the ship, visit one of the 10 different exhibitions and watch the show about the Vasa in 13 different languages.
The museum is located on Lidingo island just 20 minutes away from downtown Stockholm. Painter Olga Milles and her husband sculptor Carl Mills gave their home Millesgarden to Stockholm. Today it is an art museum and sculpture garden, and also the place they are buried. The home with its terraces, stairways, fountains and gardens is itself a piece of art, while the house is filled with paintings and sculptures. The site also contains an open-air studio built to accommodate Carl Milles’ breathing problems created by sculpting dust.
OTHER PLACES TO SEE
The best way to get around Stockholm is by the public transportation system; several bus lines, metro, commuter rails, trams and ferries cover the big city very efficiently. Biking is another popular option for getting around, as the city boasts numerous bike lanes and paths.
The best time to visit Stockholm is in the summer between June and September because the temperatures are the warmest and daylight lasts the longest.