A Short Stay in Stockholm

Hej hej!  It’s time to talk about one of my favorite cities: Stockholm, Sweden.  It’s a fantastic city full of so many things to do!  I had a quick trip to Stockholm (I was on a whirlwind Scandinavian tour), but it sticks out in my mind when I think back to the places I’ve been, and I wanted to share with you some of what I did during my time there!

 

Day 1

One of the first things that my friend and I did when we arrived (after checking in to our hostel) was go on a hunt for a great view!  We had done some research and found that there was a small path near the harbor so we immediately headed there.

Harbor in Stockholm
The view of the harbor.
harbor pathway
The pathway along the harbor — and my friend in the background!

 

My friend and I had arrived in Stockholm in the afternoon and were pretty hungry after walking along the harbor and wandering through the old town (called Gamla Stan), so we decided it was time for a traditional Swedish meal: meatballs!  We stepped in to the first cutesy place we saw, called Slingerbulten.  I’m currently vegetarian, but I still fondly remember this meal.  It was cold and rainy outside, and we stepped into a small restaurant in the old town and warmed up with a hot meal of meatballs in a creamy sauce, mashed potatoes, lingonberries, and pickles.  Our friend who is half Swedish told us the best way to experience it is to put a little bit of everything into one bite, and let me tell you, that was great advice!!

 

Swedish meatballs
Our lovely, traditional Swedish meal at Slingerbulten!

 

After our tasty dinner, we wandered some more through the old town.  As it started to get later in the evening, the temperature dropped more and we sporadically decided (mostly for warmth) to visit the Nobel Museum where we learned about the incredible people throughout history who have won the Nobel Peace Prize.  I know it sounds horrible that our main decision to visit this museum was to get warm, but I’m glad we ended up going in!  It’s inspiring to see the great work that people do!

Then, we were inspired to hit the pub and grab a pint to wind down our busy day.

Stockholm old town
Gamla Stan (the old town) at night.

 

 

Day 2

The next day was our museum day.  We decided to hit up the Vasamuseet and Skansen.  I never thought I’d love a boat museum so much, but the Vasa Museum was amazing!  The building that the boat sits in was built around it, and you get to walk from one end of the ship all the way to the other.  We got a guided tour, and learned about the history of the ship.  It’s a 17th century ship was built to show off the wealth of the country, but was built too narrow and too tall.  The dimensions of the ship were, unfortunately, not quite right for sailing.  The ship sank in the harbor almost immediately after setting sail.  A goofy history, I guess, but an impressive ship nonetheless.  You can see all of the details still carved into the wood!  If you’re interested in learning more, visit the museum’s official website: http://www.vasamuseet.se/en.

 

Vasa
The Vasa ship

 

Woodwork details
The woodwork details on the back of the Vasa.

 

recreation of decor
A recreation of what the ship’s decoration originally looked like.

 

The Vasa in all its glory!

 

After the Vasa, we meandered over to Skansen, which is an outdoor museum of sorts.  This trip was in October and it was already chilly, so Skansen was pretty deserted.  That didn’t bother me one bit though, because that means we had the whole place to ourselves for the most part!  The downside is that all of the food vendors were closed for the season.  There was, however, a nice cafeteria where we went to devour more Swedish meatballs.

 

Skansen entrance
The entrance to Skansen!

 

The main attraction of Skansen is the zoo, where they house animals native to the area like elk, bear, and seals.  We had the absolute joy of watching the seals’ feeding time.  They were so excited as the caretaker tossed them their fish!  It was super cute.  Now please enjoy my many animal pictures. =P

 

swimming seal
One of the many seals at feeding time!

 

cow and chickens

 

chickens
Chicken parade!

 

bear
Just look at that face!!

 

Although my trip to Stockholm was a quick one, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.  It gave me a glimpse into the world of Sweden and has left me wanting more!  As far as future trips go, Sweden is high on my list!  I hope that if you ever make the journey there, you enjoy it as much as I did. =)

 

 

Links:

http://www.slingerbulten.com

http://www.vasamuseet.se/en

http://www.skansen.se/en/

 

   

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18 thoughts on “A Short Stay in Stockholm

  1. I like how cities in Europe are so similar yet just a little bit different from each other. Your article just made me want to visit Stockholm more! Those meatballs and the rest of the things on the plate looks sooooo yummy!

  2. I’ve always wanted to go to Stockholm, thanks for the detailed guide! 🙂

  3. Stepping into a museum to get out of the cold (or rain or heat or whatever) isn’t the worse thing you could do! Sometimes, like in your case, you experience something fun and/or interesting that you wouldn’t have considered before. Glad you enjoyed the experience!

    1. I totally agree! I learned quite a bit in that Nobel museum so I’m glad we stopped in. =)

  4. I was supposed to go to Stockholm last year but sadly had to cancel the trip. This makes me want to book another trip there. Stockholm looks so beautiful

    1. Aw man, I hope you get to go in the future!! It’s such a great city!

  5. I wasn’t aware of so much wildlife in Stockholm. Lovely photos and awesome presentation. I do want to go to Stockholm one day and soon.

  6. Hahhaha the chicken parade is brilliant! Oh I so want to partake in a chicken parade. Stockholm looks like a great place for a short and sweet adventure.

  7. The Nobel Museum is on my list! MY cousin went a few years back and said it was super interesting to learn about some new (very important) historical figures that she handn’t learned about in school. And the food looks really good and hearty (good on a cold day, eh?). I had a similar looking plate at Ikea and thought, “This is too fun of a meal… there’s no way that this is what they actually eat in Sweden” – and you have proved me wrong!! lol

    1. hahaha It’s true, Swedes really do eat those meatballs! I hope one day you get to have ones besides the Ikea ones lol

  8. Sweden is definitely on my list of places to go. Stockholm looks like such a cool city. I’d probably go for the meatballs alone!

    1. Ooooh I’m super excited for you!! If you write a post about it, I’d love to read it! I’m sure you’ll love Stockholm =)

  9. Thank you for the wonderful tips! Looks like there is a lot more to do than I thought, and things that are quite different! Hopefully I get to see them for myself soon!

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