Everyone says that Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and it is! Stockholm is a series of 14 islands where the freshwater Lake Malaren meets the salt water Baltic Sea. The city consists of 1/3 water, 1/3 city, and 1/3 green space. Centered around the “old town” of Gamla Stan, featuring the Royal Palace, the city is connected by many bridges. It’s much larger than I imagined, yet getting around is easy due to its layout.
We decided to start our day with a one hour bus tour to orient ourselves. I am certainly not one for bus excursions, however this is a simple way to get a quick overview.
We visited the Vasa Museum, located on the island of Djurgarden. On display is the only fully intact 17th century ship ever salvaged. The Vasa ship sunk on its maiden voyage in 1628 due to being too top heavy with guns and cannons.
Walking through the cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan…….
……..then a stop at the Grand Hotel for tea time.
We came across the royal marching band en route to the royal palace for the changing of the guard ceremony.
The islands continue out into a vast archipelago. Taking a beautiful boat ride to these outer islands was so relaxing. What a wonderful way to get a feel for the Stockholm lifestyle than to be out on the water. Lots of local were out with their sailboats.
Ended the night with a delicious traditional Swedish dinner in Gamla Stan at Den Gyldene Freden. Followed by some live local music at Stampen.