Things to Do & Places to Explore in Stockholm
It is along 14 islands bathed by Lake Malaren that stretches the beautiful Swedish capital, which because of its canals has earned the affectionate nickname of “Venice of the North.”
Famous for the quality of life of its inhabitants, Stockholm deserves special mention for its rich cultural and gastronomic life, as well as for the beautiful landscapes!
If in winter it stays almost all dark, in the summer the Swedes are late and take advantage of vitamin D in the dozens of parks around the city!
Visit the world’s most outdoor museum
I’m going to start this list for one of the most enjoyable shows in Stockholm, the SKANSEN PARK.
Founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius, the Skansen became a place of preservation of part of the history and traditions of Sweden, which were changing very rapidly during the 19th century.
Arthur’s idea was ingenious: to remove historic houses and farms from various parts of Sweden, before they were destroyed or abandoned, and relocate them to Skansen.
Over 150 acres, some 150 houses are on display and there are guides dressed in clothing from the past who tell visitors a little about the buildings and sometimes even the lives of the families who lived there.
The dynamic is simple, you walk through the park and when you want, just enter a certain construction. Inside you can just take a peek or ask some questions for the guide.
In the “street” that is the turn of the “centrinho of the city” of the park there are several trades and many of them sell objects or real food.
It’s a lot of fun, it seems like you’re living even in the past!
In addition to the houses, there is a zoo that houses several species of Scandinavian animals and several loose birds that are on all sides.
To go around the park unhurriedly we took about 2:30, it’s really big! There is even an aquarium in there, but that is not included in the value of the ticket.
The park is very popular in December when they set up a Christmas market, it should be the most beautiful thing!
See also the only 18th century warship existing in today’s days
The Djurgarden is the island where are concentrated many interesting museums and attractions in Stockholm (items 1, 2, 3, 4:14 this short list!).
One of the most visited places of the city is in this island, the VASA MUSEUM!
It was built to house the 18th century Vasa warship that sank when it left the port of Stockholm on 10.08.1628 after a string of strong winds that toppled it sideways.
After 333 years it has been found and can be restored because the worm that usually devours wooden shells in salt water cannot survive in the icy waters of the Baltic Sea.
Not only was the carcass of the ship recovered, but also several objects and skeletons from the crew that sank with it.
Since then several specialists work together to maintain and preserve the ship, which has several carved sculptures.
The result is fascinating, the ship is now 98% original!
Rest between the flowers
The island of Djurgården is one of the largest green areas in Stockholm! Walking there, on the shores of the lake is a delight! And that’s where the ROSENDALS TRADGARD is, a flower garden!
I imagined it would be something like the Rosedal of Buenos Aires, with roses of all colors scattered throughout the garden. Already it is not, but it is still a grace.
In the middle of the garden are greenhouses where the flowers are grown and there are flower shops and a nice coffee.
Right next door has a huge green area with benches and wooden tables, ideal place to have a picnic.
Near the entrance is the PALACE ROSENDAL (in a beautiful pastel pink color), which houses halls decorated by Swedish artists. It is open for visitation only from mid-June to mid-August.
We arrived at Rosendal late afternoon, already tired of hitting the leg all day.
We took advantage of a superhot sun and lay on this beautiful green lawn in front of the Palace. It was a delight, there were only us and a few little sheep nearby!
Learn more about the history of the Nordic Peoples
How about learning a little more about the Swedes and the Nordic people in general?
At the NORDISKA MUSEUM it is possible! It was founded by the same guy who founded Skansen Park, in fact they are very close to each other.
There are displayed various furniture, photographs, clothes, jewelry, toys, glass objects, porcelain and much more about the Scandinavian people!
Taking a drink in a floating bar
The MALARPAVILJONGEN is a bar / restaurant that only works in summer. Part of the bar is in a floating structure facing the lake and is an incredible place to have a drink and enjoy the late afternoon on a sunny day.
We discovered this place thanks to a dear couple of friends who have lived in the city for two years. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the menu very good and the music is great!
Are you excited to visit this wonderful place? Then book your tickets to Stockholm now and fly to explore more attractions!
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