Stockholm - Final Weekend Host City
Spread across 14 islands the capital of Scandinavia has a lot to offer. But not every traveller has the time and luxury to explore every nook and cranny. Even if you’re just here for a weekend, though, there’s plenty of time to get a sense of what Stockholm is all about. The following itinerary is a great way to get a taste of the exciting art, rich history, innovative food and fantastic culture that keeps travellers coming back for more. And be sure to keep your eyes peeled; you never know what you might discover on your own during your first 48 hours in Stockholm.
Start your day at Strömkajen with the lovely Royal Canal Tour or, if you are here during the winter, try the popular Stockholm Winter tour. This 50-minute boat tour will take you past the Vasa Museum, Waldemarsudde and many of Stockholm’s most beautiful historic buildings.
Continue your day with a walk through the cosy alleys and streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s well preserved Old Town. Here you can visit the Royal Palace with its grand apartments, the Treasury with state regalia and the changing of the royal guard.
In Gamla Stan you’ll also find many of Stockholm’s most popular cafés and talked about restaurants. In other words, a great place for a delicious lunch or fika. Going for a fika is a very Swedish thing. Fika basically means to meet up for a coffee and a piece of cake or pastry. Sweden enjoys a highly developed culture when it comes to baked goods, and everywhere in Stockholm, you’ll find cafés and cake shops brimming with atmosphere, character, and quality, whether traditional or contemporary-creative. Make sure to try a Swedish cinnamon or a cardamom bun with your coffee. Have a try before heading out to your last stop, City Hall. Its characteristic tower with three crowns is a Stockholm landmark and you’ll find an unparalleled view of the city. It is famous for its grand ceremonial halls and unique pieces of art and is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held on 10 December each year. It also houses offices for 200 people including the Municipal Council.
Time to take the tram to one of Stockholm’s most popular areas, Royal Djurgården! The island collects many of Stockholm’s must-see attractions in one place and in walking distance from each other. Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum, is a fantastic place to see and step inside preserved buildings and farmsteads, and meet the Swedish fauna up-close.
Royal Djurgården is also the site of Scandinavia’s most visited museum, the Vasa Museum. This unique attraction hosts the world’s only preserved 17th-century ship, the Vasa. The costly warship turned out to be a feat of truly catastrophic engineering, sinking during its maiden voyage. But the unique chemical composition of Lake Mälaren preserved it until it was found 333 years later by researches in 1961. The majestic ship in its entirety is now on display in the museum.
If you’d rather spend your second day in a more contemporary setting, start the day at Fotografiska. With its 2,500 square meters, Fotografiska is the world’s largest museum of modern photography. Be sure to have a lunch at the museum’s organic restaurant. Aside from offering a splendid view, the cantina has been recognized as the world’s best museum restaurant.
From the Fotografiska you’ll be able to see your next stop, Moderna Museet (The Museum of Modern Art) at Skeppsholmen. You can reach it either by taking a ferry from Skeppsbron or strolling past the Royal Palace, Grând Hotel and on to Skeppsholmen. Besides its impressive collection of contemporary art, with works by Picasso, Dali and Warhol, Moderna Museet hosts temporary exhibitions by some of the 20th-century’s most important artists.
Even though Stockholm is a very walkable city, take the opportunity and use Stockholm’s subway system while you are here as it is truly one of a kind. Onehundred stations, each with unique art on its platform, walls or waiting hall. So spending a day in Stockholm’s metro is basically like visiting the world’s longest art exhibition. Some of the more famous stations are: T-Centralen (blue line), Kungsträdgården, Solna Centrum, Stadion and Citybanan Odenplan.
The Tele2 Arena is one of world’s most-modern multi-pupose venues, offering free high-speed wifi, 600 digital displays, StadiumVision-Technology, a retractable roof and a transparent façade. It was opened on 24 August 2013.
In 2014, the Tele2 Arena was named ‘Arena of the Year’ at the prestigious ‘TheStadiumBusiness’ Awards, lifting it on the same level as renowned arenas such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the Wembley Stadium in London.
The Tele2 Arena fulfills all FIFA and UEFA standards for international football matches. It is the home venue for Swedish clubs Hammarby Fotboll and Djurgården Fotboll. Despite the arena’s young age, artists such as Avicii, The Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, Adele and Madonna have already performed at the Tele2 Arena.
The arena’s capacity is approximately 30,000 for sport events and 40,000 for concerts.
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