7 Ideas about Travel to Stockholm
Tips from Travel Bloggers
If you wish to travel to Stockholm in the future, this collaborative post will help you see the city in an original, more personal way. With my fellow travel bloggers that I met during the TBEX conference in Stockholm (see photos from the event on my Instagram account), we gathered ideas for more unusual, less popular places, or details that most people don’t see.
However, in every city, there are one or two places that you must see because they are so unique and beautiful that they become landmarks for a reason. Such is the Stockholm subway and its beautifully decorated stations.
Ashlea, A Globe Well Travelled
If I could recommend one thing to do in Stockholm, it would be to see the wonderfully artistic subway stations. Over 90 of the city’s 100 subway stations are decorated with installations from over 150 artists, which makes it the ‘world’s longest art exhibit’ – it stretches for a total of 110km!
My favourite stations are T-Centralen, Kungsträdgårdsgatan, Rådhuset (all on the Blue line) and Thorildsplan (on the Green line). The best thing is that you can see all this public art for basically free – all it costs is one subway ticket!
Read Ashlea’s *See Stockholm’s best subway stations using just one ticket*
THE SMALLEST PUBLIC SCULPTURE IN SWEDEN
Jo Amos, The Road to Wanderland
Tucked in the corner of a square in Gamla Stan sits a small iron boy. His arms wrapped around his legs, his face tilted towards the heavens.
The crown of his head is shiny with the wishes of locals and tourists who pass by whispering their silent prayers. Sometimes they leave gifts – money, food, or weather-related offerings, a knitted hat and scarf for warmth or raincoat to keep him dry.
His name is Järnpojke, though his creator, Liss Erikson, called him ‘the boy who looks at the moon’, inspired by sleepless nights as a child. At 15 cms, he’s the smallest public sculpture in Sweden, but probably the most loved.
You can find Järnpojke behind the Finnish Church on Slottsbacken in Gamla Stan.
STOCKHOLM CITY CONFERENCE CENTER PARK
Chloe, Wanderlust in the Midwest
Thanks to my hostel location and an Instagram by Jay at Jay on Life, I discovered the little park in front of the Stockholm City Conference Centre. It has an outdoor restaurant that is perfect for happy hour, but the best part is the fountain that looks like a dandelion! Despite the lack of grass (sorry, picnickers!), the benches are always filled with locals reading, chatting, and catching up on the day. This gem has it all–food, people watching, and architectural beauty.
BOAT RIDE TO THE LOVELY VAXHOLM
Milos, Happy Frog Travels
Upon leaving Stockholm’s dock, you’ll have a prime view of its elegant palaces, slowly replaced by modern neighbourhoods, followed by wooden cottages and finally forests, islands, islets, and rocks. All surrounded by the ocean and under Sweden’s special blue sky. The town itself is a green neighbourhood dotted with fairytale wooden houses. Vaxholm Castle, right across, was used as a pirate stronghold in Pippi Longstocking. Hembygdsgårds Café has great coffee, cakes and views!
Stockholm is all about nature!
THE ROYAL SWEDISH NAVY CADET BAND
Shortly before 11 AM, the city noises were overcome by one sound only: the music of an approaching marching band.
In the past few days, while sightseeing in Stockholm, I’ve passed by the Royal Swedish Navy Cadet Band playing in the Royal Palace’s court a few times, but the wall of gathered tourists never allowed me to take a decent photo or enjoy the music. So imagine my joy, when I recognized the music on my last day in Stockholm.
I was waiting at the ferry terminal for the departure of my ship to Vaxholm, when the band came down the street before turning around the corner and continuing in the direction of the Royal Palace. What a sight! And perfect timing, lucky me!
BIKE TRIP AROUND DJURGÅRDEN
Liisa, Routes and Trips
Stockholm is a great summer city. You can spend hours strolling in this beautiful city, watching people and enjoying the atmosphere, but want to see Swedish nature? Then head to the islands around Stockholm.
The islands are a different world. Start with Djurgården.
Rent a bike by the bridge and leave the tourist area. Cycle north to Kaknästornet and behind, then follow the shore all the way to Djurgårdsbrunn and Blockhusudden.
That will make a great day out. Pure Swedish nature, dense blueberry forests, meadows full of flowers and – grazing horses!
STOCKHOLM ROOFTOP VIEW
And finally, this is the way I enjoyed Stockholm the most. Thanks to my stay at Kung Carl Hotel (hotel review to come up soon), I had access to one amazing view to the rooftops of the city. Far from the traffic and in an enjoyable for the aesthete presentation, Stockholm looked equally beautiful as Paris. Even here, on the hidden terrace on the top floor of my hotel, one could feel the cultural vibe of this amazing city.
Stockholm is one of these cities that are too rich with culture, funny places and entertainment options that require more days to be well discovered. What is your favourite culture-rich city?