Baltic Tours – Stockholm Gem of the Baltic

If you are visiting Europe, try and get to see the very beautiful and interesting city of Stockholm, capital of Sweden. You can get there in a couple of hours and quite a few budget airlines offer good deals from all parts of Europe. I would say 2 – 3 days would be a nice amount of time to spend there, and you would be able to visit most of the main attractions. I visited the city a couple of years ago as part of a Baltic Cruise, so only had one day to explore the city; it was only enough time to just get a general overview, but has made me determined to return when I get the chance. Cruising into and out of Stockholm was an unforgettable way to reach this lovely city which is built on 14 islands, linked by no less than 57 bridges.

Approaching Stockholm
Approaching Stockholm

Stockholm’s Main Tourist Attractions.

Luckily for visitors, many of the principal attractions are situated quite close together and can be reached on foot and via the waterways. We always use Jump-on-jump-off tour busses to get ourselves around a new city, and in Stockholm you can do the same type of tour on a water-bus, and it is definitely the way to go! If you have a few days here, buy a Stockholm Card which offers discounted entry to all the main attractions.

Stockholm Water Buses
Stockholm Water Buses

Top 5 Must See Attractions in Stockholm

Gamla Stan:

This is the historic and medieval heart of Stockholm, Gamla Stan is filled with quaint cobbled streets, tall narrow buildings and many side-walk cafes where you can watch the world go by.

Changing of the Guard in Stockholm
Changing of the Guard

The Royal Palace:

The Royal Palace is a very large and imposing fortress-style building – we did not have time to do the guided tour, but were lucky enough (not planned at all!) to be in the right place at the right time to catch part of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Royal Palace, Stockholm
Royal Palace, Stockholm

Grona Lund:

Situated on the central island of Djurgarden, Grona Lund is a huge amusement park with some very hectic-looking rides! It was closed on the day we visited, but it looks like fun for dare devils! Even if you do not visit the rides, a walk on the Djurgarden is lovely on a nice day. Here you will also find the Vasa Museum:

Grona Lund Amusement Park, Stockholm
Grona Lund Amusement Park

Vasa Museum:

At the Vasa Museum you can see an actual 17th century ship that has been salvaged and is displayed almost intact – it was not my first choice to visit but was extremely interesting – do it if you can!

Icebar at the Nordic Sea Hotel:

Expensive but fun! Make your way to the Icebar for a chilly experience; you are given a warm cape, gloves, etc and a delicious blackberry vodka, in a glass made of ice, of course, is included in the entry price. Your stay is limited to 45 min, but that is actually plenty of time – the bar is pretty small!

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Hello, my name is Bridget Halberstadt: I am a freelance Travel and Food writer from Cape Town, South Africa. Travel and Food have been my passion for many years and I love to inspire others by sharing my travel experiences with them.

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