Contrary to those who may think, a Stockholm Weekend is very little to be able to visit all that the city can offer the visitor.
The best way to visit Stockholm is to let yourself be carried away by the charm of its narrow streets, following the winding of winding streets leading to beautiful squares and having ... a little improvisation!
Old Town, or the island on which the Old City stands, will be the long reference of our Weekend in Stockholm: from here we want to leave, and, from here, we want to close. Hoping that you have half a day available to dedicate to the city, we invite you to check in as soon as possible and take the bus (the 3 or 59 are for you); get off at the stop Riddarhustorget.
Photo, 2009 Holger Ellgaard
Keep the visit of the Royal Palace for the morning: you will see the changing of the guard. Long Riddarhustorget the Casa dei Cavalieri is located, that is Riddarhuset. It is a beautiful 17th century classical building, with a Dutch baroque façade and preceded by a beautiful garden; on the outside, visible, the statue of King Gustavo Vasa.
Storkyrkan, the "Great Church", is a marvelous example of Gothic, and Baroque Gothic style. The Cathedral, dedicated to the cult of St. Nicholas, is the seat of the Diocese of Stockholm.
Photo, 2012 Holger.Ellgaard
An intimate, welcoming and sober atmosphere, it is the place chosen by the royals to get married. Worthy of note is the wooden sculpture San Giorgio and the dragon, of Bernt Notke, among the most beautiful in Europe of its kind.
The complex is open every day from 10 to 16 and is expected (!!) to pay the entrance fee of 40 SEK
Continuing on foot, on the opposite side, we arrive in what is in effect the heart of Swedish history: Riddarholmen, the island of knights. Riddarholmskyrkan, dominates the entire square: an ancient abbey of the city of Stockholm, the pantheon of the sovereigns of Sweden. It was founded in the XIII century. by King Magnus I Ladulås for the Franciscans. The interior is divided into three naves, presenting a typical Baltic Gothic architecture, made of bricks. The church can be visited daily from 10 to 17.
Erected in the middle of the square in the 1854, the statue of Birger Jarl, the founder of the city, while the whole western side is Wrangelska Palatset, the 1650 Grand Palace, the seat of the district court.
Photo, 2005 Jonnie Nord
Birger Jarls Torg, in Riddarholmen it is a group of cobblestone streets, surrounded by dozens of palaces, many of which, today, are home to government bodies. It is rather impressive to walk along these streets, with the imposing church in the background. No room or machines: arm yourself with a smartphone, or a car, for your inevitable ritual photos.
For dinner, we recommend staying in the area Old Town. To Österlånggatan, a small alley near the church of Stlottskyrkan, you will find Tradition, good quality / price compromise. If you want something more, you could opt for the neighbor Fem Små Hus, excellent in everything: from the service, to the courses you will find a romantic place that will surely make a shot. Prices higher than the previous one, but the quality is paid!
For the second day of the Stockholm Weekend, we recommend starting from Djurgården, that after Old Town, is now numbered by right among the most popular neighborhoods in the city. If you intend to move by metro, get off at the stop Karlaplan and after about 10 minutes of walking you arrive at Stockholm Djurgårdsbron (reachable, directly, with the Tram or the 69 bus). Walking along the charming bridge that connects the city to the island of Djurgården, you will find yourself before the splendid Nordiska Museet.
Photo, 2011 Tvabdou
The museum housed in a beautiful neo-Gothic building, is dedicated to the traditions, customs of the people of the North of the last 500 years. You will find an interesting section dedicated to hunting, fishing and the traditions of the Saami people, as well as costumes, tools, weapons of the Scandinavian people. Visiting the complex, you will be able to get closer to a people so far from us.
The Museum is open every day from 10 to 17 and the entrance costs 100 SEK (free for under 18). All year long, on Thursdays, the Museum makes an extraordinary opening FREE (except July and August, for a fee) from 17 to 20.
Within walking distance, you will find the Regalskeppet Vasa, of which we recommend a visit. One of the must-see stops in Stockholm, as well as one of the most visited attractions in the city. Located on the bank of the Saltsjön, this galleon of the seventeenth century, known as Admiral Vasa, plunged vertically into the 1628 during its maiden voyage, today has been perfectly restored.
Here a special maritime museum has been set up, the Vasamuseet, one of the most visited in Scandinavia, in which objects still unearthed in the ship are still exposed, as well as an icebreaker of the twentieth century, and a fire fighting ship in service up to 1969.
The museum is open every day from 10 to 17, and on Wednesdays until 20. From the 01 June to the 31 August, the Vasamuseet is always open from the 08: 30 to the 18: 00. The admission fee costs 130 SEK at full fare and 100 SEK for students (card is required to certify the status) and for admissions on Wednesdays after 17. Free for under 18. For all the practical info you can consult the official website.
Walking through the neighborhood, along the main road Djurgårdsvägen, small and quiet public parks, wooden churches and small museums await you. Being in Stockholm, you can not miss the dedication of the city to the legendary ABBA: right here, overlooking the water, you will find the museum dedicated to the historic Swedish band. In an interactive path, the visitor will be able to dance, sing and wander among the bulletin boards filled with 70 clothes, varied memorabilia, prizes and objects of all sorts. We recommend it especially if you are a fan of the band.
The museum is open every day of the year, approximately from 10 to 18 (Wednesday closes at 20), but with different times depending on the month. We therefore invite you to consult the official link of the structure. Entry costs 195SEK; reduced only for children up to 15 years at the price of 65SEK
Photo, 2010 Samwong124
Continuing, it extends DJURGÅRDEN ISLAND, a truly quaint and picturesque neighborhood, dotted with small wooden houses with one or two floors, beyond which the scenographic is located Green Lund Tivoli, a beautiful outdoor amusement park overlooking the sea. If you were on holiday with your children, you will have to spend the whole day there. The fun is really guaranteed. More info, on the official website. A full program of events and concerts, entertains the public during the summer evenings.
We recommend taking a break to recharge the batteries. Oaxen, or, further back Blå Porten, could be the two rooms that are right for you. The first, in perfect maritime style, offers good fish dishes, while the second is a Café, fast-food and restaurant, less demanding than the first and long located Djurgårdsvägen. Here you will find the so-called smorgasbord, a buffet with a wide selection of cold and warm dishes, numerous types of bread (rye, toasted barley and the classic wheat bread), fish and meat dishes, cheeses and desserts. If possible, we try to always recommend local dishes, rather than those of our local cuisine.
Skansen, the first Swedish zoo, and above all the first open-air museum in the world, is the final stage of the district Djurgården. Founded by Artur Hazellius in 1891, with the aim of preserving and showing Sweden's past, from north to south. Here you breathe the atmosphere full of five centuries of history and culture in the houses and on the farms, where people in period clothes perform demonstrations of ancient crafts. It's really a good experience.
Moreover, in summer it is open Galejan, a small amusement park with rides, dedicated to children. We also point out that Skansen is situated on a hill from which you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole city and the archipelago. Timetables vary according to period (approximately from 10 to 16); same, as regards the entry ticket, which varies between the 100 SEK of the low season, to 180 SEK in July and August. From this link, you can download the official file with the prices and timetables of the 2018.
At this point, we recommend returning to Gamla Stan, to resume the visit of what started the day before. You can use the tram from the station Stockholm Djurgårdsbron, reachable on foot, or the boat of the Waxholmsbolaget from the terminal Allmänna Gränd Brig which in little more than 10 minutes brings you to Slussen Kajen in the heart of Stockholm. For info and schedules www.waxholmsbolaget.se.
If the time available would allow it, you could stretch out a little further from here: on one of the highest points of the island, you will encounter another symbol of the city, the Stockholm City Hall, the City Hall, which does not go unnoticed with its spire with the three golden crowns.
Photo, 2009 Heineken85
It was built in 1911, and today represents one of the most characteristic profiles of the city, admired from different points and perspectives. It is famous above all because it has here and the sumptuous reception of the Nobel Prizes, an event that attracts illustrious personalities from all over the world. Alternatively, you can postpone the visit the following day and relax while dining in the Old Town.
The Royal Palace, or the Royal Palace, is the official residence of the King of Sweden, as well as the main building of the city. It is one of the most important examples of Swedish baroque architecture. Four symmetrical buildings close the courtyard where the unmissable changing of the guard and the traditional soldiers' parade are held every day. Inside, do not miss the Sala delle Guardie, the Sala delle Colonne, the Bernadotte Gallery, the Festvånigen, or ceremonial apartments (the oldest of the building, decorated by French artists) and, above all, the Rikssalen, or the Sala del Trono, a true masterpiece of Hårleman, and the Slottskyrkan, Palatina chapel masterpiece of the Rococo.
Until 13 May: Tuesday to Sunday, 10: 00-16: 00; 14 May at 14 September, 10: 00-17: 00. The ticket costs 150SEK for adults and 75SEK for children from 7 to 15 years and allows access to the Tre Kronor Museum and Skattkammaren, the Treasure Hall (you have the opportunity to see them later, within 7 days of validation).
For more information, consult the official website, from which tickets can also be purchased.
Slottsbaken, is the large square that opens on the South Wing of the Palace: facing the sea is the statue of Gustavus III and, on the opposite side, theObelisk of Desprez in memory of the loyalty that citizens swore to the king in the 1788 war with Finland.
We are sure that Stockholm will remain in your hearts: a cold city with a warm heart. Good Weekend Stockholm.