Have you ever dreamed about receiving the Nobel Prize ? You will have to visit the beautiful city of Stockholm in Sweden to do so. However, even if you have to wait your turn to earn the world renowned recognition, you can visit the great city of Stockholm and get a feel of the art galleries, historical museums, the amusement parks and of course the Stockholm city hall, the venue of the Nobel Prize ceremony.
Vasa Museum :
This museum is among the most visited museums in Scandinavia. If you are a history buff then you might be aware that the Vasa ship was built during the 17th century by the Lion of the North, Gustav II Adolf along with his partners to be the most powerful ship of that period. The ship had capsized in 1628 and sank and stayed at the bottom of the sea for 333 years whereupon the remains of the ship were salvaged. You will find three masts built on the roof of the museum. They depict the real height of the ship’s original masts. You can take a guided tour inside the museum and relive the history of that period.
Kungliga Djurgarden :
Kungliga Djurgarden or the Royal Game Park is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Stockholm. Djurgarden used to be the game park of King John III. This beautiful island lying in the middle of Stockholm has everything from art galleries to open air museums to amusement parks. If the beauty of Djurgarden brings out the poet in you , then you may consider penning it under the same Oak tree where the Swedish bard Bellman had written the famous song Epistle 25. You can visit Grona Land and challenge yourself to take on the ‘insane’ vertical spinning roller-coaster ride with the same name. If you are a nature lover, then consider visiting Rosendals Tradgard and experience the bio-dynamic agriculture practiced here.
Stockholm Archipelago :
Believed to be comprised of 30000 islands , the Stockholm Archipelago is the largest archipelago in Sweden and is definitely worth your time. Book a cruise through the archipelago and spend a few hours enjoying your lunch or dinner on the boat while soaking in the beauty of this great tourist attraction. If you are short on time, you can still enjoy the beauty of the archipelago with a 20 minutes boat ride. The memories that you will create on the rocky islets will last a lifetime.
Stockholm City Hall :
The Stockholm City hall is undoubtedly the most celebrated building and is considered the power center of Stockholm. The city hall is located on the eastern tip of Kungsholmen island.The magnificent halls and the exquisite art works add to the charm and ambience of this exceptional building. Each year the city hall hosts the Nobel Prize banquet on the 10th of December. You can take a guided tour of the beautiful city hall. Join a guided public tour if you are traveling alone , but its mandatory to book a private tour for a large group of tourists. You can get an excellent view of the city of Stockholm from the tower of the City hall.
Stockholm Old Town :
Stockholm’s Old Town, Gamla Stan , dates back to the 13th century and joins the northern district of Norrmalm and the southern district of Sodermalm. The Royal palace , the Storkyrkan , also known as the Stockholm Cathedral and the German Church are some of the famous buildings that you can visit in Gamla Stan. You will find some of the best souvenirs of Sweden in the old town.