Old Town Gamla Stan, © Can Stock / scanrail
Visit Stockholm – Old Town Gamla Stan
When you visit Stockholm, get used to using the name Gamla Stan for Old Town Stockholm. Old Town Gamla Stan is the center of tourism in Stockholm. Its streets are lined with handicrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés. See the Stockholm Cathedral with its 500 year old statue of St George and the Dragon. The Nobel Museum faces the Stockholm Cathedral, but be aware that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. On the opposite side of the Nobel Museum is Stortorget Square.
Gamla Stan, Stockholm Cathedral, © Can Stock / Estea
Other sights in Old Town Gamla Stan include the Royal Palace, the Royal Armory, the Royal Coin Cabinet with its world coin collection, Riddarholmen Church and St Gertrudes German Church with its gorgeous stained glass.
Visit Stockholm – Djurgården Island
Another popular area when you visit Stockholm is Djurgården Island. Djurgården Island was originally the King’s hunting grounds, but today it’s home to museums and gardens. At the Vasa Museum see a 17th century warship which sank in the harbor and was salvaged hundreds of years later.
Skansen Open Air Museum, © Can Stock / Stavrida
TheSkansen Open Air Museum has traditional buildings from areas all over Sweden. You can also see artisans at work and folk dancing displays at the Skansen Open Air Museum. The Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken is a children’s museum and tribute to this author’s stories. The Nordic Museum is a cultural history museum. On Djurgården Island you can also visit the ABBA Museum, the Grona Lund Amusement Park or the Rosendahl’s Garden on the grounds of King Oscar I’s 19th century palace.
Old Town Gamla Stan Canals, © Can Stock / scanrail
Visit Stockholm – Strömkajen Ferry Terminal
Between Old Town Gamla Stan and Djurgården Island is the Strömkajen Ferry Terminal. From the Strömkajen Ferry Terminal you take take a Royal Canal Tour along the waterfrontof Stockholm.
You can also take day cruise into the Stockholm Archipelago, which contains 30,000 islands. Take a cruise up Lake Malaren to Drottningholm Palace – the “Queen’s Island”. Drottningholm Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site built in the 1600s for the Swedish monarchy.
St Gertrudes Church, © Can Stock / jorisvo
Before or after your waterfront cruise, see the museums and parks around the Strömkajen Ferry Terminal. Visit the National Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art and Architecture with works of Picasso, Dali and Matisse. Also visit Kungstradgarden Park, which used to be the King’s gardens. See St Jacob’s Church. Enjoy the flowers in the summer or ice skating in the winter.
St Jacob’s, Kungstradgarden, © Can Stock / Estea
Visit Stockholm – Hotels
- Radisson Blu Strand Hotel, Stockholm
- Best Western Kom Hotel Stockholm
- Nordic C Hotel