Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Venice to Rome via Pisa in 1 day
  2. 2 Banks Mansion
  3. 3 Honeymoon trip to Europe - Would love your recommendations
  4. 4 Naples or Genoa
  5. 5 Help! American needs to get into Italy after staying >90 days
  6. 6 Banks Mansion Amsterdam hotel
  7. 7 Dublin Hotel Recommendations
  8. 8 Trip Report England and Wales by public transport
  9. 9 Help with itinerary
  10. 10 Walking stylish sandals/flats
  11. 11 Prague Beyond the "Usual"
  12. 12 Wine Harvest in Italy 2016 - when?
  13. 13 Going to Spain? Watch this movie.
  14. 14 20 free days of Europe
  15. 15 Bring Europe to My Kitchen. Please.
  16. 16 BNL machines in Italy
  17. 17 Paris Looses $846 Million in Tourism
  18. 18 Planning Advice!
  19. 19 BNL ATMs
  20. 20 How to spend a glorious week in Switzerland?
  21. 21 *Need help w/Puglia itinerary*
  22. 22 How to divide 4 weeks of lakes and mountains with kids in Italy?
  23. 23 Milan / Venice / Tuscany/ Barcelona
  24. 24 Portland, Maine GTG
  25. 25 Northern Italy with Kids?
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Stockholm Trip Report

Jump to last reply

Just returned from four full days in Stockholm plus partial days arriving and departing. Here is a brief report.

We stayed in an apartment in Soldermalm arranged through Air Bnb. It was pretty close to the photography museum. Location was great. Easy walk to Gamla Stan and on from there to other destinations. However we are active and in good health, don’t mind walking, etc.

Gamla Stan is very touristy. It has that classic medieval town feel to it. It actually reminded me of some places in Italy, even down to the colorful paint on the buildings. The color palette was more broad in Sweden.

We saw the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace which was interesting. We happened to hit the timing right. I don’t think I would make a special effort to make it. We also visited the Mint museum nearby, Royal Palace, Armory, and Crown Jewels. On a later visit we hit the Tre Kronor. We enjoyed them all. We also walked over to the City Hall which is an impressive building. We did not tour inside.

The following day we went to Djurgarden to visit the Vasa Museum. It’s tremendous. Like seeing the David or the Grand Canyon, you have to see it in person to believe it. We skipped Skansen. We did go to Prince Eugens House which was very nice, quiet, and has an interesting art collection. We had an excellent dinner at Ulla Winblad on Djurgarden, near the Vasa Museum.

We took a day trip to the island of Sandhamm. That was quite fun. The boat ride was about two hours each way. The archipelago is scenic. So the ride was not dull. And the light was different each way. We rented bikes on Sandhamm which made getting around quick and easy. We had a nice lunch, enjoyed looking at boats in the marina and just hanging around.

The following day we visited the Tre Kronor mentioned above, Historiska Swedish History Museum and the Army Museum. All were good.

Our last part day we visited the photography museum. Surprisingly we caught the Salgado exhibit which we had already seen in Paris in November. I think they were showing more pieces in Sweden because they had more space, but I could be wrong. They had two other, smaller exhibits. It was good. We also wandered around Soldermalm a little bit and had a great lunch near one of the subway stations. I would have liked to spend more time in Soldermalm to explore, but that’s not how things worked out.

General observations: Food is good but expensive. Drinking is very expensive.

The train to/from the airport is very good. It is faster than a car or taxi and cheaper. Due to logistical concerns I took a taxi from the airport to the apartment in Stockholm. Researching this we heard that there are better and worse taxi services. Given the overall level of orderliness I found in Stockholm I was kind of surprised that this would be a notorious problem. We went with Taxi Stockholm, and they were very good.

Stockholm was very easy to navigate as an English speaker since it seems pretty much everyone is very fluent in English. Also the city is neat, clean and orderly. I did not feel concerns about personal safety, street crime, etc. That is not to say I was careless, but it did not seem like much of a problem compared to other large cities.

Overall it’s a beautiful European city. There is a lot of history. There are a surprising number of museums given the size of the city and country. We enjoyed our stay. I would like to come back to Sweden and spend some time hiking in the outdoors. Hopefully sooner than later.

18 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement