Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVED Copenhagen, but after Germany, I was so freaking tired of ALL-THAT-RAIN! GOOD THOR!
I mean, rain is awesome if I am at home, with a nice cup of coffee and a great book, but when I am travelling…
So I was secretly praying to the gods I don’t believe for some nice, fluffy, gorgeous SNOW so I could be a tourist in peace.
And I knew that Norway would be my paradise, as it always is, but Stockholm also did a good job. There wasn’t a lot of snow, but just enough to keep me DRY while I was exploring this gorgeous city.
This is another city I had too little time in and I am definitively going back to spend more days because it’s worth it. Plus I was also working, so, in reality, I only had one day to explore. So I decided to create the most efficient route to be able to visit as many places as I could
I walked everywhere, as I usually do and I was not disappointed.
Stockholm, the awesome capital city of Sweden, is a total mix of old-school charm and a modern vibe. It’s actually spread out across a bunch of islands – 14 to be exact – which means you get these incredible views of the Baltic Sea.
Stockholm is absolutely stunning, like seriously! It’s got these totally Instagrammable waterfront promenades and colourful historic buildings that are just 😍. And don’t even get me started on the cobblestone streets, they’re like straight out of a fairy tale or something. From the super old Gamla Stan to the fancy Royal Palace, the architecture there is off the charts.
Beyond its visual appeal, Stockholm is a cultural hub that never fails to impress. The city boasts numerous world-class museums, including the Vasa Museum, which houses a remarkably preserved 17th-century warship, and the ABBA Museum, dedicated to the iconic Swedish music group. Art enthusiasts will also appreciate the Moderna Museet, showcasing contemporary art from Sweden and around the globe.
Let me tell you a gripping story about this ship called Vasa. Back in the 17th century, the king of Sweden, Gustavus Adolphus, wanted to flex his naval muscle, so he commissioned this badass warship. Picture it: fancy carvings, towering masts, the whole deal. But here’s the kicker – on its very first voyage in 1628, it……….. sank like a stone! Can you believe it? Talk about a major oops! Fast forward several centuries, and some brave souls managed to salvage the wreckage in a very complicated maneuver (you can watch a short movie about it). Now, you can check out this epic piece of history in a museum. It’s a mind-blowing sight that’ll transport you back to Sweden’s seafaring days. Pretty cool, huh?
I heard Stockholm’s culinary scene is a true gastronomic delight. From traditional Swedish cuisine, such as meatballs and herring, to international flavours, the city offers a diverse range of dining options to satisfy every palate. Don’t forget to try some of the famous Swedish pastries, like cinnamon buns and cardamom rolls, during your visit.
Food is usually not the focus of my trips having so many restrictions, but I was able to try their famous meatballs in a restaurant called Kalf & Hanse. Nice vibe with Keto options but SUPER small place so don’t even try if you are travelling with more than 1 other person. Delicious food, tho.
Another 100% AWESOME place I visited (Ok, I’m a nerd, so you might not find it too exciting, but OMG I DID HAVE A BLAST) is the Nobel Prize Museum 😍
There are things that belonged to all Nobel winners in all areas, but, you know… I am a science geek, so I’m not gonna lie, I focused on those. You can see the Petri dish that contains a culture of the mould which led Alexander Flemming to discover Penicillin. You can see the model for electronic distribution Linus Pauling used to get to the PAULING DIAGRAM. You can see the scale Marie Curie used to determine the atomic weight when she was studying the element Radium.
Not to mention Einstein’s things, letters, and notes!!!! I felt like a kid in a candy store.
Again, not enough time and absolutely a place I will go back to.