I wish we had spent more time in Stockholm. The city is beautiful the people are beautiful (seriously, I have never seen more beautiful people in my entire life). We arrived in Stockholm after an overnight cruise from Helsinki, Finland. Our ship arrived at 9:30am and then we were loaded onto a bus that took us to the Stockholm Central Station.
There, we planned to pick up our Stockholm Card and then take the Metro to our hostel to drop off our luggage. We had full day of things planned. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do everything because we spent an extra two hours or so just trying to find where to pick up our Stockholm Cards. The normal location to pick our cards up was boarded up and under construction, so we got directions from the help desk inside Central Station to the other location. Unfortunately you had to walk through the entire station and then down a few blocks. Let’s just say it wasn’t easy to find. But after returning to the help desk and getting directions again, we finally got our cards!
We enjoyed taking the metro in Stockholm. It was pretty convenient and easy to navigate. The Stockholm Metro is often called “the world’s longest art gallery” and it’s true! Each station is different, whether the walls are painted or decorated with mosaics. It makes a usually boring place pretty enjoyable. Plus, it’s easy to tell if you’ve gotten off at the wrong station. The Swedes are also very friendly and helpful. At one point while waiting for the trolleybus, we must have looked very lost and a woman helped us figure out which way we needed to go.
We dropped off our luggage at our hostel and grabbed a quick lunch before heading back into the center of Stockholm.
Our first stop was the Vasa Museum. The cost of admission was included in our Stockholm Card, but it is normally 130 SEK (about $15 USD) for adults and free for children. If you’ve never heard of it, Vasa is a beautiful and intricately carved wooden warship. Unfortunately, it sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. The ship sat at the bottom of the ocean for 333 years before it was salvaged and rebuilt. I’m not much of a ship person, but I enjoyed this museum. It’s enormous and beautiful. We looked up at it in complete awe.
Next, we walked to Skansen which is, you guessed it, a folk museum. I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned my love for folk museums on this blog, but it has to be a lot. Skansen is the largest folk museum I’ve ever been to. There are a lot of trails to walk on between the different buildings. They have a lot of animals including lemurs that will walk right up to you (kind of scary if you ask me). Skansen is located on the top of a hill so you can get some really great views of the city.
To end our day, we wandered around Gamla Stan, or Stockholm’s Old Town, before having dinner. Gamla Stan is beautiful and colorful. The buildings are built close together so there are a lot of narrow alleys to explore.
My advice if you’re planning a trip to Stockholm: Stay a couple days! One day is not enough!