7 Ideas about Travel to Stockholm

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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.

STOCKHOLM SUBWAY

Stockholm Subway

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

Sweden the smallest public sculpture

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

Stockholm City Conference Center

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

Vaxholm Stockholm Sweden

Upon leaving Stockholm’s dock, you’ll have a prime view of its elegant palaces, slowly replaced by modern neighborhoods, 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 neighborhood dotted with fairy tale 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

Naddya, NTripping

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 bike trip

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

Rooftop view Stockholm

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, at the hidden terrace at the top floor of my hotel, one could feel the culture 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 favorite culture-rich city?

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14 Comments on “7 Ideas about Travel to Stockholm

  1. Hey Geri,

    I have been to Stockholm and must say this looks like such a fun way to tour the city. If I am ever back there I will be sure to keep this post close.

  2. Hi Geri,

    The original way of seeing Stockholm is a very interesting concept and quite an eye-opener. Thanks for the inside details. We will investigate travel there in the immediate future.

  3. This is a wonderful collection of ideas! I really wish I’d had more time to explore Djurgården, Vaxholm, and some of the other areas around Stockholm. It was such a vibrant and addictive city. Thanks for including my tips in this list!

    • The time was really short. And Stockholm is sooo rich of …. everything – culture, museums, nightlife, nature. We should go back! 🙂

  4. Hey Geri,

    this collab post turned pretty amazing! Thanks for featuring me among such awesome people and their great tips 🙂

    Stockholm is now very high in my favourite places list and I’ll be returning there for sure. Now I also have a few great tips to look forward to 😉

    Cheers,
    N.

    • I’m happy to work with such great bloggers and people. As I’ve said, we saw just the tip of the iceberg, and should go back to see and feel more of this unique atmosphere!

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