I was in Stockholm and stayed for 4 days back in July. Stockholm is such a charming, chill, modern Scandinavian city to visit, especially in summer time that you can walk around and explore. Beside to visit IKEA and H&M in the capital city of Sweden, here below are what you should do for your first time visit.
1.Visit Gamla Stan
Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm and a well reserved medieval city center in Europe. You’ll find beautiful historical Scandinavian architecture and narrow cobblestone streets in Gamla Stan. There are full of museums, restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.
2. View the city in Monteliusvägen on Södermalm
To get the best view of Stockholm, walk up to the viewpoint in Monteliusvägen on Södermalm and what you see is a calm and relax style of the city.
3. Spend a day in Djurgården
There are many activities that you can do on this island, you can visit the Skansen open-air museum if you go with kids or the ABBA museum if you are a huge fan or the exciting amusement park Gröna Lund. Or you can just chill and picnic in the Djurgården park.
4. Visit Vasa museum
The Vasa Museum displays the whole warship in the 17th century that has been salvaged. Inside the museum, you see the collections of belongings and decorations from inside the ship and can also learn more about the ways of preserving historical relics.
5. Lunch in the Ulla Winbladh
I had the best dish in this restaurant called Ulla Winbladh in Djurgården. The restaurant itself is a romantic garden with delicious food. The dish I had is Roslagens strömmingslåda med kooks potatoes which is the baked baltic herring with creamy sauce served with potatoes.
6. Walk along the river in the morning
I wasn’t sure where I was going when I walked along the river but I ended up in a quiet neighborhood and be around beautiful buildings. This is the spot where you take stunning pictures.
7. Try the Swedish meatball
I had a very nice meal of the typical dish in Sweden, meatball in the lovely restaurant called Bakfickan near the grand park Kungsträdgården.
8. Take a boat trip to the Drottningholm Palace
See the city from different sides – on water! You’ll see the “country” outside of Stockholm on the way to the Drottningholm palace.
9. Visit Drottningholm Palace
Drottningholm Palace is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The uniqueness of this palace is its design influenced by the French and the exotic Chinese Pavilion pleasure palace.
You can’t leave Stockholm without having a Fika! Fika is a Swedish culture of having a coffee with pastry. Sit down and relax in a cafe and enjoy the time in this charming city with a cup of coffee!