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A Day in Stockholm

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Kungsträdgården

The King's Garden is located in central Stockholm. This park serves dual purposes, as an outdoor concert venue in summer, and an ice-skating rink in winter. It also has an abundance of benches and is surrounded by fountains, restaurants, and cafés. During winter, you can hire a pair of skates and enjoy a few laps around the rink.

Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden, 111 47
Stockholm City Hall

Stockholm City Hall, a gorgeous and historical municipal building, houses offices, ceremonial and banquet halls. The tower of the City Hall is located at the shores of Lake Mälaren and offers an incredible view of the city. It is open for access daily from May to September at a nominal admission price.

Hantverkargatan 1, Stockholm, Sweden, 111 52
Stockholm Palace

The King of Sweden's official residence, Stockholm Royal Palace, which dates back to the thirteenth century is situated in the Old Town. The new palace was built between 1697-1754, according to the original drawings, in Roman Baroque style. With over 600 rooms, the palace is one of the largest residential castles in Europe. A number of museums are located within the walls, such as the Treasury, Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities, the Royal Armoury and the Royal Chapel. The changing of the guard is a treat to watch.

Slottsbacken 1, Stockholm, Sweden, 107 70
Moderna Museet

The Moderna Museum, located across the bridge from Skeppsholmen, is one of the most interesting museums in the city. The building itself is highly acclaimed for its clean aesthetic lines, open spaces and brilliant use of natural light. Many of the exhibitions create a powerful cocktail of provocative, shocking, confusing and fantastic elements, and it is possible that you may feel a bit dizzy in the spacious rooms, especially with works that force the audiences to re-evaluate space and dimensions. On the whole, the museum is a challenging but rewarding place to visit. It houses an excellent collection of both Swedish and international modern art, including many familiar pieces by Warhol, Duchamp, Matisse and Picasso. You can also spend several hours in the photography library, and the comprehensive gift shop. Please check the website for timings.

Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden, 114 59
Vasa Museum

It was a momentous day when the Vasa first set sail, a 64-gun, 69-meter (226-foot) long and 52.5-meter (172-foot) tall warship, the pride of Sweden's naval fleet. A critical miscalculation meant that the ship was unbalanced, tipping to one side just minutes after she set off on her maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. The ship sank soon after, taking with it a few of the people on board. In 1961, the shipwreck was salvaged from the depths of the harbor and pieced back together. The world's only almost entirely intact 17th-century salvaged ship, the Vasa is now housed at the custom-built Vasa Museum where hundreds of visitors arrive each day to take a closer look at this vessel. The cleverly constructed museum allows visitors to view the Vasa from six levels, its stylized masts indicative of the actual height of the ship when fully rigged. Informative exhibits chronicle the history of the ship, the people involved and the Swedish navy in general, while the artifacts recovered from the wreck offer a glimpse into the life on the Vasa. The ship itself is spectacularly well-preserved despite having spent over three centuries submerged under water. Today, the Vasa Museum is considered one of Scandinavia's most visited museums.

Galärvarvsvägen 14, Stockholm, Sweden, 115 21
Gröna Lund

If you are visiting Stockholm in the summer, don't miss Gröna Lund. Stockholm's most famous amusement park, it attracts both locals and tourists alike. Opened in 1883, it offers every kind of amusement park attraction; roller coasters, rides, a house of fun, free-fall, haunted house and lots more. There are several cotton candy and hot dogs stalls too. A wide variety of concerts by both Swedish and international artists take place here. The Grönalundsteatern theater is also found at this lively venue. You can even go on a cultural walk or check out an art exhibition.

Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9, Stockholm, Sweden, 115 21
Fjällgatan

When in Stockholm, do as the Stockholmers do. So go up to Fjällgatan for an ice cream and enjoy the fantastic view. This street on Södermalm, above the docks of the Finland ferries and Slussen, lays the city out at your feet with a great panorama over the Old Town, Djurgården and the island of Skeppsholmen. A walk here from Slussen, via Mosebacke, takes you through the pleasant and old-fashioned heights of Södermalm. Make sure you check out the statue of playwright August Strindberg—a Stockholm treasure. The park of Ivar Lo is just around the corner and Vitabergsparken is also not too far away.

Fjällgatan, Stockholm, Sweden, 116 28
Rosendal's Garden

Located not too far from the city Rosendal offers a lovely public garden, with an inn and cafe on the grounds. If you're a nature lover, take a walk around the beautiful garden, with its lovely flowers. The glass-walled cafe serves home-baked cakes, cookies and pies. There's also sandwiches, soup and salads on the menu. In winter, there's an open fire; but the cafe presents a country-like ambiance all through the year. Please check the website for timings.

Rosendalsterrassen 12, Stockholm, Sweden, 115 21
Kaknästornet

This 155 meter (508 feet) observation tower is the highest building in Stockholm and offers wonderful views over the city from its location at Ladugårdsgärdet on northern Djurgården. It also acts as a TV tower. A lift will take you to the top floor, where there is also a restaurant, which has disabled access. For information on guided tours and facilities in the building call for details.

Mörka Kroken 28, Stockholm, Sweden, 115 27
Fjärilshuset

Located in Hagaparken, in the northern part of Stockholm, you will find Fjäril och Fågelshuset (the Butterfly and Bird House). This is an interesting place for people of all ages. Once inside, your first visit would be through a greenhouse garden with a beautiful collection of plants, trees, and fish. From there you can enter the exciting bird house. The constant stream of humans has not deterred the birds or forced them into the reclusion of their trees and shrubs. Rather, they are bold and loud, shrieking and flying about, or they walk around on the ground, sometimes forcing people to walk around them. Then there is the Butterfly Room which is magical. They are lovely and you get to witness their genesis at the cocoon and larva display. On the other side of the gallery and café, is a Japanese garden filled with hummingbirds. The best time to visit would be during the colder, darker months.

Hagaparken, Solna, Sweden, 169 70
The Thielska Gallery

The Thielska Gallery was an estate, which belonged to Ernst Thiel, a successful banker and one of Stockholm's most visible art patrons. Post World War I, he lost most of his fortune as the stock market crashed, and his estate and art works were bought by the state. Now, apart from temporary exhibitions, his permanent collections, which include work by Strindberg and Munch are on display. This gallery has turn-of-the-century feel and is certainly worth a visit.

Sjötullsbacken 8, Stockholm, Sweden, 115 25
Ulriksdal Palace

Ulriksdals palace was originally called Jacobsdal after Jacob de la Gardie, for whom the palace was built in the 1640s. Originally built in Renaissance style, it has been transformed several times by Nicodemus Tessin. Queen Hedvig Eleonora purchased the palace in 1684, and gifted it to her newborn grandson, Prince Ulrik, after which it was renamed Ulriksdal. For over two decades the palace was used as a hospital, but became a royal residence again for Crown Prince Karl and Crown Princess Lovisa. The famous 1923 living room with furniture designed by Carl Malmsten is one of the finest Swedish 20th-century interiors. The Orangerie, dating from the late 17th century, is now a museum for sculpture. Under King Adolf Fredrik and Queen Lovisa Ulrika the old riding school was turned into a theater, which was very popular during summer.

Slottsallen 1, Solna, Sweden, 170 79
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