Stockholm in one day: what to see?
A tour of Scandinavia – and just one day to Stockholm? Like any capital, it is impossible to explore the whole city in one day. But do not be discouraged: here are some tips on how not to miss the most important thing on your first trip.
1. Buy a very good, detailed map of the city. Stockholm is actually an archipelago of 14 islands, each of which has its own sights and its own amazing story.
However, the best entertainment and the best shopping are in the Old Town – on small side streets, which may not be on the general map.
Throughout Stockholm, the public transport system is well developed, but the Old Town is the best place for hiking. Taxis may seem a little expensive, but no more expensive than their New York or London counterparts.
2. You need to get to Gamla Stan. Gamla Stan, or the Old Town, is the heart of Stockholm and the splendidly preserved medieval city center, one of the best in Europe. If you go by subway, the station will be called: Gamla Stan.
First you should go to Prastgatan street: this is the main shopping artery, and in the summer it is teeming with tourists. Here you can have a bite to eat, have a drink of coffee, and get a bright, funny T-shirt. But try not to linger here for long: there is still much to see!
3. The Nobel Museum. Going from Prastgatan to the northeast, you will plunge into the history of Old Stockholm. Turn right to Stortorget Square and you will exit to the most beautiful square and the Nobel Museum. Here, in the square, you will find a huge number of wonderful small restaurants, but we came here because of the Nobel Museum. It contains information and items belonging to the Nobel Prize winners. The museum is not very big, but interesting. All exhibits are signed in English, so the guide may not be needed.
Stockholm, Royal Palace 4. See the changing of the guard. Immediately behind the Nobel Museum is the Royal Palace. Every day, in front of the main gate, you can watch the change of the guard: on Sunday – at 13:15, on other days – at 12:15. In addition, you can go on an excursion to the palace itself. It is still the residence of the royal family, although you can see them sooner at public events.
5. The main transport artery of Stockholm is Strand. Here ferries and tourist buses swarm along the promenade, a great way to see Stockholm. From here you can take the ferry to the Naval Museum Vasa – where you can see the warship Vaza, which fought in the 17th century.
The museum is located on the island of Djursgarden, a quiet island-park where you can find other museums, as well as the quaint Tivoli theme park.
6. Create a future plan for exploring Stockholm. You might want to go north from the Old City – then you will find the “art district” – there is an opera, a theater, numerous art galleries and boutiques. Or maybe on the southern island of Södermalm – it retains a reputation as a vibrant, bustling area.
On the streets of Stockholm:
7. Do not be afraid to ask for directions! Most Swedes are friendly, almost everyone knows English. German and French are also widespread.
8. Hej! (hey!) is a universal greeting (and often farewell). It is with this word that sellers in stores and ordinary people on the streets will welcome you.
9. Stockholm is a very expensive city. If you don’t know where to go. On the main streets, going to a cafe, restaurant or shop will cost you a lot of money. Take your detailed map – and go along the small streets. Prices are lower, not so many people – but the choice is no worse.
10. It is better not to change the currency at the bank. There is an ATM on every corner – yes, the ATM will take a small “fee” from you. But the bank will tear off such a commission from you that it won’t seem enough!
Of course, Stockholm does not deserve a superficial acquaintance. It is a city with deep historical roots – but at the same time it is vibrant, vibrant, a European metropolis to the core. Fashion, technology, music, art – by all accounts, Stockholm is one of the greatest cities on the planet.