There is a lot to discover in Sweden. Especially the dense forests, picturesque lakes and the Swedish food make this country an attractive holiday destination. If you want to escape the hectic world of work and are looking for sufficient relaxation, this is the right place for you. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, offers a lot of sightseeings and radiates the Swedish calmness despite of the big city flair. Stockholm is also called the Venice of the North and especially captivates by its beautiful nature, a diverse city centre and friendly inhabitants. Cosmopolitanism and modernity meet the cosy charm of Sweden in Stockholm. The capital is an attractive destination at any time of the year. In summer you can make yourself comfortable at Lake Mälar and enjoy the idyllic view of the water. In the winter time, there is indeed no good weather guaranteed, but the cozy atmosphere and cozy places in Stockholm are equally inviting for tourists. You can use the time to discover the numerous sights or enjoy the Swedish cuisine. Stockholm, with its approximately 785,000 inhabitants, is the largest metropolis in Scandinavia and is located about 400 km from Oslo. Thousands of islands are off the coast, which are fragments from the ice age. From Germany the journey is well bearable and there are numerous offers of flights.
Gamla Stan - The old town of Stockhom
Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm, is located on the island Stadsholmen and connects the northern Norrmalm with the southern Södermalm. Gamla Stan is also called the city between the bridges, as the adjacent city districts can be only accessed by means of overpasses. The old town is mainly known for its exciting history, which goes back to the Middle Ages. Therewith, the oldtown is also titled as the original Stockholm that was built at that time under the protection of the castle. The impressive architecture, plenty of water and numerous shopping facilities make this area a tourist magnet. A stroll through the narrow alleys transports visitors to another time and does not give them the feeling of being in a big city. Västerlaffatan is the main shopping street of Gamla Stan. Swedish fashion is offered here in numerous boutiques and individual shops. If one is exhausted from an exhausting shopping tour, one can make oneself comfortable in various restaurants and bars. Marten Trotsig's Gränd is the narrowest and probably best known alley and measures just 90 cm at its narrowest point. To experience Stockholm's history at first hand, numerous guided tours are offered.
Sights in Stockholm
Even if Stockholm captivates by its gorgeous landscape, there are still many sightseeings to discover that can be visited by bus, car, bike or on foot. Some sensations of the capital are known all over the world and are highly recommended.
The Vasa Museum is one of these attractions. In 1625 the Royal Dynasty commissioned the construction of the Swedish Navy's most impressive and expensive warship. With a length of around 70 metres and 50-metre high masts, the ship not only looked impressive, but was also extremely well equipped with 64 cannons. After it was supposed to leave Stockholm harbour for the first time in 1628 after completion, the ship capsized after a gust of wind before the eyes of the spectators. After an elaborate salvage of the warship in 1961 and subsequent conservation work, the imposing ship can now be viewed in the Vasa Museum. If you want to experience the museum for yourself, you can take an MP3 audio guide for a tour.
Another attraction is Skansen. The first open-air museum was founded in 1891 and offers an exciting excursion for both history fans and animal lovers. Houses and courtyards from different periods represent the whole of Sweden from the far north to the south. During a visit you can see the typical activities of the villagers and be transported back in time.
In the zoo belonging to it, especially the Scandinavian animal species can be found. Wolves, lynxes, brown bears, moose and co. can be observed very closely and the additional petting zoo is especially suitable for a visit with children.
If you visit the old town on the island of Stadsholmen, an excursion to the royal castle is recommended. It was built from the foundation walls of the burnt down Tre Kronor Castle, within 60 years. The actual plan to complete the castle in six years failed due to several wars and the resulting financial shortages. Today visitors can see parts of the castle. The Museum of Antiquities, the Treasury and the Tre Kronor Museum are popular destinations for tourists. The daily changing of the guard is another highlight that is followed by many spectators. During the summer months, this ceremony is accompanied by music and a ride through the alleys of the old town.
City tours in Stockholm
There are of course numerous other sightseeings in Stockholm. Because the "smallest big city" in the world has much more to offer than the unique Swedish nature. Therefore, guided tours are also very popular in Stockholm. The city thrives on an exciting history and many facets, which a private guide can bring to the tourists in an entertaining way. The tour guides of the city tours show the visitors not only the top sights and attractions. Also popular activities and Stockholm are on your list. If a city tour still offers too little input, our local guides will also provide you with numerous tips and insider locations that can be discovered afterwards. During a stay or holiday one should try to discover as much as possible of Stockholm. Individual customer wishes are gladly taken into account during professional guided tours and differ from mass tourism. Bei rent-a-guideoffers a wide range of services, whether in German, English or other languages. But those who want to make excursions on their own should use the well developed infrastructure. By bus, metro and suburban train you can travel all over Stockholm.