Top 5 Must Do's in Stockholm

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The cultural center of Sweden since the 13th century, Stockholm is known for its beauty, architecture, expansive open water and parks. As one of the most visited cities in all of the Nordic countries, this capital city is a delight for tourists with loads of museums, parks, sports, theaters and other amusements to discover. Here are the top 5 things to do when visiting Stockholm:

1. Vasa Museum

A top attraction in the city, this museum exhibits the grand Vasa ship that sank during its maiden voyage in the 1600s. Commissioned by then king Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, the ship in an interesting look into the excess of the king and his decision to continue adding onto the ship against the wishes of the ship’s designers. Raised in the late 1960s, the boat is on display at the museum along with a great tour in many different languages.

2. Gamla Stan

Visit the city’s oldest area and step back in time to medieval streets and olden buildings, some from as far back as the 13th century. You can easily spend a couple hours here viewing old mansions and palaces, including the Riddahuset, the Bonde Palace, the Tessin Palace and the Oxenstierna Palace. Navigate the area yourself with a tour map, or hop on one of the many tours regularly going through the area for more information and a great overview of the history of the area.

3. Drottningholm Palace and Court Theater

For a look inside how royalty in Sweden lives, check out this private home of the Swedish royal family. Featuring lush gardens and an expansive green space, along with the breathtaking Court Theatre, the oldest surviving theater in Europe, this is not to be missed when visiting Stockholm. Take a guided tour or explore on your own and you won’t be disappointed.

4. Skansen Open Air Museum

A great spot for families and people of all ages, this are features an open air museum that encapsulates Swedish architecture throughout history, as well as a zoo and several places to stop and eat. The island Djurgarden is reachable on a walking bridge, by ferry, tram or bus. Take an afternoon and evening here to really get a complete look at Swedish culture.

5. Millesgarden

This low-key, wooded park filled with bronze sculptures makes for a great day of relaxation for anyone who loves art. There is a cafeteria at the park or bring a packed lunch and enjoy the serene atmosphere as well as the funky art gallery housed in the entry hall, the terraced gardens featuring small pools and many water features.

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